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Results


Financial decisions can be only as good as the data and analysis they are based on. The tools in this section will help you look at your financial information with ​​an eye toward strategic decision making to help your organization carry out its mission over the long term.

Financial Health Analysis Tool

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This data-visualization tool provides a snapshot of your nonprofit's financial health based on four years of financial data and with a focus on liquidity. The package here includes the tool, video guidance and a couple of related resources. ​

 Step-by-Step Video Guidance

Tracking Key Performance Indicators

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​​Create a customized quarterly dashboard illustrating results among a set of key performance indicators (KPIs).

Choose KPIs relevant to your organization, set targets/benchmarks for each and enter results on a quarterly basis. The template displays a table indicating whether results are better than the goal (represented by a "green" indicator), close to the goal ("yellow"), or worse than the goal ("red")​.

Year-End Forecast Template

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​​Financial forecasting is an integral part of a nonprofit’s planning process and can allow for course corrections to meet your annual financial goals.

This forecasting template helps you quickly estimate how you are likely to end the year financially based on year-to-date results and other assumptions.​

 Understanding Audited Financial Statements

This (30-minute) video guide explains each component of the audited financial statement package, highlighting how your staff and board can use them to understand key indicators of your organization’s financial health and performance.​​

Next Steps: Audit Readiness

With solid financial operations and good data, your annual audit should go smoothly—use the Audit Readiness​ resources to track assets and prepare for the process.