Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits A Guide to Building Competitive Advantage

ISBN-10: 0471697885
ISBN-13: 9780471697886
Edition: 2005
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Description: The authors explore the relevant themes and requirements in Sarbanes-Oxley that relate to nonprofits. Each area is addressed in depth with recommendations for steps to come into compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley standards.

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Book details

List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/21/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The authors explore the relevant themes and requirements in Sarbanes-Oxley that relate to nonprofits. Each area is addressed in depth with recommendations for steps to come into compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley standards.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Preface
Overview of the Legislation and Its Implications for Nonprofits
What Is the Sarbanes-Oxley Legislation About?Relevance of SOX to Nonprofits
Current Legislative Environment for Nonprofits
Conclusion
Endnotes
Safeguarding Your Nonprofit's Financial Resources and Assets: Establishing Auditor Independence and Audit Committee Competence
SOX Titles II and III
The Value of Accurate Financial Statements
The Importance of a Good Audit
The Board's Responsibility Regarding the Financial Statements
Conclusion
Reading and Interpreting Financial Statements
Balance Sheet
Statement of Operations
Statement of Changes in Net Assets
Statement of Cash Flows
Financial Statement Analysis
Conclusion
Form 990: Unnecessary Paperwork or a Useful Tool?What Are Form 990 and Form 990-EZ?Why Is Form 990 Important?Management's Role in Improving Form 990
Creating a Good Internal Control System
The Board's Role in Form 990
Conclusion
SOX Sections VIII and XI: Document Retention and Whistleblower Protection Obligations
Whistleblower Protection
Creating a Confidential Reporting System
Document Retention, Archiving, and Retrieval
First Steps: Beginning the Process
Conclusion
>Raising the Bar of Accountability: SOX Best Practices and the Board
Legislative Environment: Best Practices and Governance
New Expectations for Board Oversight and Governance
Higher Expectations for Board Membership and Deliberations
SOX and the Board: Higher Performance and Greater Accountability
Championing SOX Best Practices: The Board's Governance Role
Conclusion
SOX Best Practices and Organizational Culture: Changing the Environment
The Nonprofit's Organizational Culture and the Adaptation of SOX Best Practices
Introducing Change
Nonprofit Board Culture
Strategies for Introducing Change in the Board Culture
Conclusion
Endnote
A Platinum Operating Standard Starts with Good Bones
SOX Best Practices: Moving to a Platinum Operating Standard
What Are Platinum Operating Standards?Review of Internal Controls
Conducting the Review of Internal Controls
Content and Structure of the Review of Internal Controls Report
Conclusion
Endnote
Creating a Competitive Advantage: Leveraging SOX Best Practices
Competitive Advantages of Being in Compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Best Practices
Conclusion
Endnotes
SOX Best Practices for Small Nonprofits
Five Myths That Hold Small Nonprofits Back
Adopting SOX Best Practices
Scaling the SOX Best Practices to Fit the Needs of Small Nonprofits
Keys to Success in Customizing SOX Best Practices
Conclusion
Appendices: Best Practices: Checklists, Worksheets, and Sample Documents
Working Through the Four Basic Financial Statements
Balance Sheet
Statement of Operations
Statement of Changes in Net Assets
Statement of Cash Flows
Whistleblower Protection Policy
Document Retention and Storage Protocols
Document Retention Policy_Talking Points
Writing the Policy_Talking Points
Special Designations for Sensitive Documents
Storing and Archiving the Documents
Testing the System
Audit Committee Procedures and Protocols
Audit Committee
Composition of the Committee
Committee Functions and Deliverables
Conflict of Interest Policy
Talking Points
Sample Conflict of Interest Letter
Code of Ethics for Board and Senior Management
Talking Points
Sample Code of Ethics for a Nonprofit Board Member
Board of Directors_Governance Profile and Performance Expectations
Oversight and Policy Making
Term Limits
Summary of Board Committees' Descriptions and Performance Objectives
Process for Board Member Nomination and Election
Board Orientation Session Outline of Curriculum Board Binder Contents
Review of Internal Controls Report and Recommendations

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