The CFO'S Perspective

Which KPIs are Best for My Business?

With so many variables across industries and business life stages to consider, a one-size-fits-all approach to KPIs will never succeed.

The most important metrics are those most closely related to what investors expect. For private companies this means tracking the KPIs that owners and financers need to make sound decisions. While the specifics can vary between businesses, the common thread is analyzing metrics which can inform short-term and long-term operations.

Overarching business goals such as profitability or liquidity will also influence KPI choices because KPIs can address different business objectives.

Topics: Planning KPI Metrics

Converting Accounts Receivable (A/R) into Cash

How quickly are you turning your Accounts Receivable to cash? Every business needs working capital to cover operating expenses, including inventory costs. You don’t want your cash tied up unnecessarily in accounts receivable. Collection of accounts receivable is essential to the health of your business. So, the faster you receive payment from your customers, the more cash you have in your business, and the faster you can grow your business.

Topics: Cash Flow Accounts Receivable

How to Best Use KPIs to Monitor the Health of Your Business

Knowing which KPIs to track is the first step towards financial awareness, but the real goal is to use that awareness to monitor the health of your business and inform intelligent business decisions. Business owners and top-level executives must understand how to use KPIs to formulate a financial analysis that is accurate, actionable, and predictive.

These KPIs should be provided by finance and/or accounting personnel to help bridge the knowledge gap at all levels of an organization. Transparency among business groups regarding key metrics is one of the most commonly recognized ways to effectively monitor business health and meet short and long-term business objectives.  

What are 'Key Performance Indicators - KPI'

Key performance indicators (KPI) are a set of quantifiable measures a company uses to gauge its performance over time. KPIs provide a way to measure how well companies, business units, projects or individuals are performing relative to their strategic and operational goals. KPIs can also compare a company's finances and performance against other businesses within its industry.

KPIs can help to reduce the complex nature of organizational performance to a small, manageable number of key indicators which are crucial to decision making and ultimately, to improving performance.

There are many, many KPI’s for every kind of organization.  The following are illustrations of some of the more common and ubiquitous metrics.

Topics: Planning Analysis KPI

When & Why to Hire the Right CFO for a Non-Profit Organization

Why do we need a CFO?

The right CFO in place will optimize the returns of your organization’s activities by carefully managing all aspects of your finances.

The CFO role is strategic by nature, creating budgets, analyzing financial statements, and strategically interpreting the data. They provide an active partner to the Executive Director (ED) and bring a forward-looking and proactive stance to managing the organization’s finances.

Whether an organization begins to spiral downward or have high-speed growth, a CFO might be needed to help you respond when decisions are required in a quickly changing financial landscape.

When an Executive Director becomes burdened with too many hats, it limits opportunities.  With a CFO in place, an Executive Director can feel empowered because they have a financial executive who knows how to solve problems and run the organization financially.

The right CFO will bring clarity when you lack detailed financial analysis that is critical to making sound business decisions.

Topics: Non Profit Organizations CFO Hiring Staffing

How Much Overlap Should There be Between the Outgoing & Incoming CFO?

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Topics: CFO Hiring Planning Staffing