FIT! TIPS October 16, 2017

Do you have ghost employees? Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) As Halloween approaches, we love haunted houses, ghost walks and tales that make us look over our shoulder from time to time.  You know those stories.  Someone hears eerie noises, but when they investigate, no one’s there.  It must have been a ghost.  [...]

FIT! TIPS October 10, 2017

Behind the Mask Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) Halloween just might be my favorite holiday.  I love to decorate the front porch with pumpkins and scarecrows to greet the trick-or-treaters.  Their costumes are so creative; sometimes I don’t even recognize them, especially if they’re wearing a mask. While guessing who’s behind the mask [...]

FIT! TIPS October 2, 2017

How much should you have in reserve? Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) Last week we drove through the mountains to Roanoke where I presented at the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference.  It was a great opportunity to share with others in the nonprofit community. At the Conference, I spoke about nonprofit sustainability, discussing [...]

FIT! TIPS September 25, 2017

Remodeling Your Financials—how much did we spend on that? Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) While we were away on vacation, I watched an out-of-town morning show.  Guess what was on?  Home remodeling!  I love it when our favorite TV remodelers show their customers how to transform their house from an outdated property into [...]

FIT! TIPS September 18, 2017

Stuff happens--staying agile.  Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) How about an extra week of vacation?  That’s just what happened to us during the recent hurricane.  Fortunately, we were in Aruba, far South of the tragic devastation of hurricane Irma.  It did take a week for us to get a flight out of Aruba [...]

FIT! TIPS September 11, 2017

Remodeling Your Financials for New Lease Accounting - pop out an addition Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) We’ve been talking about those home remodeling TV shows.  I love how they transform house after house from an outdated property into the latest style.  Sometimes they knock down a wall, sometimes they add a fire pit [...]

FIT! TIPS September 5, 2017

Remodeling Your Financials - the fire pit Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) Last week, I mentioned how much I enjoy those home remodeling TV shows.  They transform house after house from an outdated property into the latest style.  Sometimes they knock down a wall, sometimes they add a fire pit or even pop out [...]

FIT! TIPS August 28, 2017

Remodeling Your Financials - the open floor plan Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) When I’m home, I love watching those home remodeling TV shows.  With all TVs on the right channel, I can go about my activities, following house after house through its transformation from an outdated property into the latest style.  Sometimes they [...]

FIT! TIPS August 21, 2017

Understanding Financial Leadership — what does your future hold?   Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) When I sat down to write about financial leadership, you know what popped into my head?  Financial leadership is like Marley.  Not Bob Marley…Jacob Marley from Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.  Stay with me on this.  Marley returns as [...]

FIT! TIPS August 14, 2017

Leadership Transition--who’s stepping up? Joan M. Renner, CPA, CGMA, Director 501(c)(fit!) What keeps you up at night?  A whole list of things.  Somewhere toward the top of that list is, “What will we do when our Executive Director retires?”  Accomplished, influential nonprofit leaders are often indispensable.  They know the programs, the members and donors, the [...]