Strange Accounts: Understanding Nonprofit Finance

Strange Accounts: Understanding Nonprofit Finance

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This collection of articles selected from the Nonprofit Quarterly explores the strangeness of nonprofit finance and provides best-practice approaches, so that the reader may become as skillful a strategist—as a manager or board member—as they should.

As author Clara Miller notes, "Not only are nonprofit rules that govern money-and therefore business dynamics-different from those in the for-profit sector, they are largely unknown, even among nonprofits and their funders. Or at the very least, they remain unacknowledged and unspoken."


The Looking-Glass World of Nonprofit Money: Managing in For-Profits’ Shadow Universe by Clara Miller

An Executive Director’s Primer on Financial Management by Deborah Linnell, Zora Radosevich, and Jonathan Spack

Analyzing the Dynamics of Funding: Reliability and Autonomy by Jon Pratt

Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Nonprofit Capital Structure by Clara Miller

Know Your Ratios? Everyone Else Does by Jennifer A. Lammers

The Challenge with Fundraising Costs and Multi-Year Grants by Thomas Raffa

Is There Enough Overhead in this Grant? by Elizabeth K. Keating