Internal control

“Once Upon Internal Control” is available on Kindle platform

My tale on internal control done well and poor at two churches is now available in Kindle format at Amazon.

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At Amazon, search for my name, Ulvog, or the book title, Once Upon Internal Control.

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Keep track of your church’s equipment and property – how and why

(cross-posted from my other blog, Nonprofit Update.)

A local church should keep track of its equipment, improvements to property, and building.

You will definitely need that information if you have an audit, review, or compilation of your financial statements.

A far more common reason to accumulate that information is for insurance purposes. In the event of a tragedy such as earthquake, tornado, or hurricane, you will need to have some detail records to present to you insurance company to get full recovery for your loss. (more…)

Feature length Cartoons, Scenes from cartoons

Index of cartoons

There are six cartoons that give visual explanations of how to structure internal controls at a local church.  Since four short cartoons are combined in pairs to make the two feature cartoons, I thought it would help to give an index of how the cartoons are organized with links to each one.   Here is a picture of how the individual cartoons are structured:

Part 1 and 2 each have an intro and extro.

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Fraud Triangle

People who study fraud tell us there is a “fraud triangle”. Remember discussing the fire triangle when you were in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? Just like you need to have heat, fuel, and oxygen to kick off a fire, you need to have opportunity, motivation, and rationalization to kick off a fraud incident.

I have written a series of posts on my other blog, Nonprofit Update, about the fraud triangle.

I combined the posts into one page so you can see all the discussion together. See the Fraud Triangle.

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Simple way to improve internal controls over disbursements

(previously posted at my other blog, Nonprofit Update)

What could you do when there aren’t enough staff to have someone other than the bookkeeper prepare the bank reconciliation?  Bank recs are complicated.  For many small organizations, the staffing is so thin that there is no one other than the bookkeeper who has the skills to prepare them.  What to do when you just can’t split up those duties?

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Illustration of internal control from the Scriptures – one good example and one not so good

(cross-post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update)

Maintain dual control over the offering! You hear that unending refrain from us accountants.

Document those disbursements!  Another routine comment you hear.

One story in scriptures has a good illustration of the first control along with missing the boat on the second idea.  Jehoiada, the priest during the reign of King Joash, did a good job on the dual control over the offering and not so great on accountability for the disbursements.

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Tragedy of Fraud

The impact of a fraud incident in a local church is devastating. The repercussions spread out like the ripples of a rock thrown into a calm pond.

I have written a series of posts on my other blog, Nonprofit Update, about a major fraud at a church near me. I have a number of friends who worship there, so this disaster is quite real to me.

I combined the posts to one page so you can see the discussion chronologically. This series is called the Tragedy of Fraud.