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Resources for Accountability and Financial Management in the Voluntary Sector

Resources for Accountability and Financial Management in the Voluntary Sector

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 RESOURCES FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT INTHE VOLUNTARY SECTOR A project of the Capacity Joint Table, funded by the Government of Canada through theVoluntary Sector Initiative.December 2003Introduction6Acknowledgements7An Important Note7Guide Sections8Module 1 – The Changing Environment for Accountability and Financial Management8Module 2 – Methods to Enhance Accountability8Module 3 – Financial Management8Module 4 – Learning Opportunities8Module 1. The Changing Environment for Accountability and Financial Management9Objectives9Preamble9The Trend Towards Accountability and Financial Management9In the voluntary sector9In the private sector10In the public sector11Examples at the Federal Level11Examples at the Provincial/Territorial Level12Examples at the Municipal Level13Improving Accountability in Voluntary Sector Organizations13Codes of Ethics13Governance14Program Evaluation14Financial Disclosure15Module 2. Methods to Enhance Accountability16Objectives16Preamble16
 
Codes of Ethics16Board Governance17Program Evaluations19Program Example Walk a Mile in My Shoes19Outcome Evaluations20Outputs vs. Outcomes20Performance Framework or Logic Model20Benefits of Outcome Evaluations22Limits to Outcome Evaluations22Social Auditing23Balanced Scorecard25Benefits of Balanced Scorecard26Limits to the Balanced Scorecard27Program Evaluation Summary28Financial Control Systems28Financial Controls29Finance Committee29Financial Audits29Audit committees30Module 3. Financial Management32Objectives32Preamble32Balance Sheet (or Statement of Financial Position)33Statement of Revenue and Expenses (or Income Statement, or Statement of Revenue,Expenditures and Accumulated Net Assets)34Statement of Changes in Fund Balances and Cash Flows (or Statement of Changes inFinancial Position, or Statement of Cash Flows)34Fund Accounting35Summary35Module 4. Learning Opportunities36Objectives36Preamble36The Importance of Financial Education36Glossary38Using the Appendices40Disclaimer40Search Tips40Locating and Evaluating Voluntary Sector Management Print Publications41Appendix 1. Inventory of Resources to Enhance Accountability43Accountability: Understanding the Concept and its Elements43Audit Committees44Balanced Scorecards45Introductory Articles and Portal Sites on Balanced Scorecards45Manuals on Balanced Scorecards46Evaluations of the Use of Balanced Scorecards46Benchmarking47
 
Board/Executive Director Development and Organizational Assessment Tools49Introductory Articles and Portal Sites49Board Development or Organizational Assessment -- Manuals54Client Satisfaction Evaluation56Codes of Ethics, Accountability, or Best Practices57Introductory Articles or Portal Sites57Examples of Codes of Ethics for Nonprofit Organizations58Evaluation, General60Introductory Articles60Portal Sites for Evaluation62Manuals on Evaluation64Financial Management and Controls67Foundations and Evaluations70Fraud Prevention71Indicators73Logic Models75Outcome Research / Measurement75Introductory Articles and Portal Sites on Outcome Research/Measurement75Manuals and Resources on Outcome Research / Measurement76Studies and Commentaries on Outcome Research / Measurement76Participatory or Empowerment Evaluation78Introductory Articles and Portal Sites78Manuals on Participatory or Empowerment Evaluation78Quality, Total Quality Management, and Continuous Improvement79Record-Keeping Systems81Results-Based or Performance-Based Management82Introductory Articles and Portal Sites82Portal Sites for Results/Performance Based Initiatives83Manuals on Results-Based or Performance-Based Management84Risk Management and Directors’ Liability85Screening87Small Organizations, Key Resources88Social Auditing89Survey Methods91Appendix 2: Inventory of Financial Training and Voluntary Sector ManagementResources93Academically-Based Canadian Programs93Academically-Based Nonprofit or Voluntary Sector Management Diploma or DegreePrograms in Canada93Academically-Based Voluntary Sector Management Professional Development Programsin Canada95Portal Sites or Other Directories of Academically-Based Nonprofit or Voluntary Sector Management Courses, and Business and Accounting Programs in Canada97Providers of MBA programs99College-Based Financial Management Diploma Programs in Canada99 Non-academically Based Canadian Programs100

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