The CFO'S Perspective

In-Kind Donations Accounting and Reporting for Nonprofits

Most non-profit organizations rely on gifts from other businesses and the public at large to achieve their goals. These come in the form of both tangible property and personal services (collectively nonfinancial gifts), which are referred to as in-kind contributions. 

Recording these non-cash gifts allows a nonprofit organization to accurately present the types and value of contributions it receives to support its mission. Even though in-kind gifts are a major source of support for many nonprofits, recording and reporting them properly can present some unique challenges.

Topics: Accounting Non Profit Organizations Philanthropy Portland

Crossing the Finish Line – “Winners” of the World’s Best Mountain Bike Race (A True Story)

After a year of strategizing, planning, training and stress, my wife, Heather and I participated in the one-of-a-kind 7-day BC Bike Race in beautiful British Columbia.

Topics: Success Stories This is Us Personal Development Portland

This is Us – Todd Kimball and the Impossible House Remodel

After purchasing three homes in Portland in the past 15 years, I have come to a firm conclusion that houses choose us!  Not in some mysterious way or anything, but rather, just practically speaking.  As a home buyer, we don’t exactly drive around and pick a house off the street that meets our specifications and strike a deal.  Often, buyers must submit offers on several houses before a match is found.

Topics: This is Us Portland

How Does a CFO Manage & Mitigate Risk?

Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. - Warren Buffett

One of the pillars of a CFO's responsibilities is risk management. From overall financial compliance to the IT department, a fractional or full-time CFO is the first line of defense in establishing and maintaining adequate risk management and mitigation for today's organizations.

The threats may come in many forms - from lack of internal controls to cybersecurity in a privately held business or social enterprise. The CFO is charged with understanding and mitigating the risks that your organization faces.

Topics: Risk Management CFO Responsibilities Portland

When Accountants Became Firefighters

There are times in the course of a career when an accountant faces difficult short-term circumstances calling for quick decisions and a focus on critical priorities.  In other words, the “fire” calls the shots, and the accountant must respond to the fire’s breadth and intensity. The ability to successfully manage the proverbial fire is based on skill and effort within an undetermined period.

Topics: Funding Success Stories Planning Accounts Receivable Financial Reports Audit Portland