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Accounting For The Non-Accountant: Growing Your Nonprofit Financial Literacy

Thursday, July 29, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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Do you understand how to interpret the information in a nonprofit's financial statements, and do you know enough to spot a red flag or ask questions? For board members, executives, and management, having a good understanding of an organization’s financial statements is critical to plan for the future, build capacity, fund, and prevent fraud. But for individuals who don’t have a nonprofit financial background, reviewing these financial statements can be a daunting task.

Join Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, and Moss Adams for this informative webinar where we’ll provide an overview of basic nonprofit accounting concepts and financial statements to help you better comprehend nonprofit financials.

Presentation topics will include:

  • Characteristics of a nonprofit organization
  • Differences between not-for-profit and for-profit financial statements
  • Key areas of focus in financial statements of a nonprofit organization
  • How to read and analyze the IRS Form 990
  • Nonprofit financial ratios and how to use them to assess an organization's financial health 



Melissa Harman, CPA

Partner, National Practice Leader, Higher Education, Moss Adams

Melissa has practiced public accounting since 1998 and provides professional services to a wide variety of not-for-profit clients, primarily institutions of higher education, associations, and foundations. Along with providing accounting and consulting services, Melissa conducts a wide variety of audits, including federal compliance audits. As a national subject matter expert for the not-for-profit industry, Melissa regularly presents at various industry conferences.

Matt Parsons, CPA

Partner, Moss Adams

Matt has practiced public accounting since 2005. He specializes in serving various sectors within the not-for-profit and government industries. His clients include higher education institutions, foundations, child-care development agencies, associations, hospitals, health clinics,health plans, and municipal entities. He also serves life science companies that receive grants and require compliance audits or consulting over control processes in administering awards.

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Who May Attend
Members of SCG, NCG, Catalyst and non-member funders

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If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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