Monthly Financial Reports… Part 3 The Dashboard

Perhaps the most important report you can provide your Board is a ‘dashboard.’ financial reports 3

The dashboard is a way of focusing the Board’s attention on the key operating issues for your nonprofit.

What are the 5 key indicators of organizational health for your organization?  For most of us, one indicator is months of cash on hand.  This is simply the amount of cash you have, divided by your average monthly expenditures. (See, you knew the budget would come in handy.)

Other monthly indicators might be: clients served, fundraising calls made and their results, status of liabilities.  Where should the board focus it’s attention?  And if this is all sounding like a foreign language, sit down with your treasurer and they can probably help you come up with a list.

And then, put that summary of key operating metrics at the front of your package, where it will be easy to find.

Monthly Financial Reports… Part 2

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Everyone should have a budget that they measure monthly results against.  The best practice is to put this in place (with board approval) prior to the beginning of the fiscal year. Budgeting is essential, the challenge is what level of detail is needed?  If we aren’t careful the categories will be so small that they […]

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Monthly Financial Reports Your Nonprofit Needs… Part 1

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As an Executive Director, you need to communicate your nonprofit’s financial position to your board on a monthly basis.  This is a key method of keeping your board informed between meetings. To begin, if you aren’t using a bookkeeper, get QuickBooks for Nonprofits. Sign up with TechSoup ( and get it now. It’s about $35 […]

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SureFire Prayer International… Another Nonprofit Ministry in Training

Surefire Prayer

SureFire Prayer International equips church leaders and families to apply Biblical lessons to everyday life, with a focus on prayer.  This focus will lead to a healthier Kingdom lifestyle for participants.  SureFire Prayer has presented its programs around the U.S. and internationally. Paige chose to be a part of LEAD after a friend invited her to […]

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Another LEAD Ministry Making an Impact: The Collective at Cumberland

Stacy Brungardt

The Collective at Cumberland provides community development through educational work force development.  They also provide student programs, and a construction ready job training program, with a 100% placement rate for graduates. Stacy Brungardt, Program Director, recently completed the ten month LEAD training for nonprofit leaders. “LEAD Training gave me the vocabulary I needed to talk […]

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Another Atlanta LEAD Ministry Making an Impact: Heart of a Champion

Heart of a Champion, led by Tim Adcox, provides character development and service opportunities to the ‘Perfect Game’ travel baseball teams that come to the LakePoint Sporting Community (near Cartersville, GA). Over 80% of today’s professional baseball players participated in ‘Perfect Game’ sponsored events while they were in high school.  This represents a unique opportunity […]

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Atlanta LEAD Institute Nonprofit Leaders Graduate

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  Leaders of seven Atlanta nonprofits presented their organization to a panel of foundation and church representatives on June 15, 2016.  Each leader had an opportunity to showcase their organization: it’s background, it’s programs, it’s accomplishments, and it’s needs.  They then received ‘customer’ feedback from Elaine Franklin of One Hundred Shares, Debra Potter of Perimeter […]

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Nonprofit Giving Grows 4.1% Over Last Year

Giving USA reports that in the last year, giving grew by 4.1% to a total of $373.25 Billion.  Average per capita giving per adult is $1,100, or $2,200 per family. As we discuss at LEAD, 80% of giving comes from individuals.  71% directly and 9% by bequests. For more details from “The Fundraising Coach”  click here. […]

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Atlanta LEAD Institute Graduation of Nonprofit Leaders

Ready for Feedback

On June 15 seven nonprofit leaders presented to a panel of funders.  Upon completion they received verbal and written feedback on their presentation.  Bennett Ekandem (Family Heritage), Kimberlyn Abbey (Agape Women’s Ministry), Tim Moore (L’Arche Atlanta), Missy Owen (Davis Direction Foundation), Tim Adcox (Heart of a Champion), Paige Kolb (Surefire Prayer Ministry).  Not shown, Stacy […]

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Coaches Making a Difference


We just wrapped up our training for Class 16 last Friday, here are three of our graduates and their coaches.  We appreciate the difference your coaching makes! Tweet

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