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Building Financial Management Capacity for NGOs and Community Organizations
Published January 2014, Practical Action Publishing
This book presents practical ways to build financial management capacity in an international development context, although much of it applies to any non-profit organization. It gives examples of how groups and organizations build their own capacity. It considers what leadership teams can do to guide their organization’s longer-term direction and improve governance and it describes other financial management aspects that can be built into an organization’s structure to make it more sustainable. More...

Basic Accounting for Community Organizations and Small Groups: a practical guide
With facilitation/training guide: published January 2014, Practical Action Publishing
The success of any venture, whatever its size, depends on proper financial control. This book offers a step-by-step guide to basic accounting and financial management techniques. It is written in plain language for people who have no previous experience of accounting and book-keeping. Full solutions and notes for trainers and facilitators are also included. More...

Communicating financial management with non-finance people
Published June 2012, Practical Action Publishing
Poor communication about financial information, by both finance and non-finance people, often seems to cause a block. This book helps people speak and write financial information better, avoiding jargon, and preventing their listeners from ‘switching off’. It explains why messages about finance may not be received as they were intended when working cross-culturally and outlines how information can be tailored to different audiences. More...

Financial Management for Development: accounting and finance for the non-specialist in development organisations
Written for non-financial staff and members of governing bodies of NGOs, who need to understand financial systems and statements. More...

Footsteps
Article: Managing cash flow
Many of us have experienced the situation where we have a bill to pay, but we do not have enough money to pay it until we receive money owed to us. More...

Project Budgeting - Bond 'How to' guide
Revised December 2013
The guide introduces you to the main issues of project budgeting and gives you a simple process to follow to get started. More...

Considered choices for funding decisions: how to calculate the real cost of donor-funded projects; when to say “yes” and when to say “no”
Development in Practice: volume 23 Issue 4 June 2013
NGOs regularly seek funding from a variety of donors, to help them to deliver worthwhile activities. Often the activities work well and a donor covers the full cost. But sometimes a successful funding proposal can make the organisation vulnerable, by committing itself to additional overhead expenditure not covered by a donor. This article looks at a system whereby the financial aspects of project proposals can be assessed earlier, before funding is applied for and accepted - providing a way of knowing the impact on the organisation and its staff, and allowing organisations to calculate the real cost of donor funded projects. More...

Financial Management for Emergencies
A survival guide for humanitarian programme managers
This guide will help humanitarian programme managers manage financial resources in the critical first stages of an emergency. More...

Basic Accounting for Small Groups
Second Edition, with Exercises for Individual and Group Learning
Updated edition of Oxfam's step-by-step guide to basic accounting and financial management techniques. More...

Building Capacity through Financial Management
Much has been written about capacity building but little on how to use financial management to build capacity. Donors are increasingly requiring their non-profit beneficiaries to have sound financial systems before they will provide funds. More...

Development in Practice
Article: Finance: friend or foe?
A small amount of training in simple, workable accounting procedures can enable people to obtain useful data from their accounts, and help with planning future expenditure. More...

BOND Guidance Notes
Guidance Notes on Project Budgeting
A guide to basic budgeting and a year-end statement for non-profit projects and programmes. More...