The CFO'S Perspective

WSJ Story: Positive Trends for Charitable Contributions & Demand for CFOs

Recently a WSJ story shows the trend of more finance directors moving from corporate America to nonprofits. Such a story can be both an inspiration and risky to those using it as a reference. Today we want to highlight the trend, the reasons, the challenges, and why we also celebrate.

Topics: Non Profit Organizations Trends CFO Responsibilities

Corporate Philanthropy: What is in Your Budget?

As head of CFO Selections corporate philanthropy initiatives, the question I get most often, especially now at budget time, from other company executives is, “What is the right amount of money to budget for donations?”

Before answering this question, I usually ask,

What are you hoping to achieve with your corporate philanthropy?”

Topics: Philanthropy Planning Budgeting

Which is Better: A Freelancer or A Firm?

Organizations looking to outsource their financial needs often wonder who is best qualified to handle the intricacies of their business operations.

With the multitude of options available the landscape of potential financial solutions is vast. Factor in the solutions catered specifically towards SMBs, local businesses, privately-held businesses, and businesses in designated industries and the result is an overwhelming sea of possibilities. Within these choices are two distinctly different options – freelancers and firms.

Business owners tend to struggle with determining which type of provider will best suit their needs. Will a solopreneur or freelance CPA-CFO be sufficient? Or is a larger firm a better option?

Topics: Recruiting Hiring Planning

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Most of my vacations are pretty typical – camp on the Sound, cruise to Alaska, plane trip to kid-friendly destination, road trip to friends. 

... but not this year.

This year, I fulfilled a long-time dream and went to Africa.  I did the multi-day safari, fed the giraffes at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, and enjoyed local cuisine and cultures. But mostly… I did financial spreadsheets.  And IT infrastructure planning. And computer teaching.  In other words, pretty much the same things I do all the time, except in hotter weather.

Topics: This is Us

Nick Anderson & Bill Palmer - The 3 P’s

Nick Anderson (Columbia Bank) recently invited Bill Palmer (CFO Selections) to be interviewed in a 4-video series. Nick and Bill had an in-depth conversation about the 3 P’s:

  1. Finding the right Partner
  2. Getting the right Products
  3. Negotiating a fair Price.

The series was shared via LinkedIn but in case you missed it, we have the four-video series wrapped up into one.

Topics: Planning CFO Selections Video