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Author Archive - Apolone Gentles, JD, CPA,CGA, FCCA, Bsc (Hons)

Apolone Gentles is a CPA,CGA and Ontario lawyer and editor with over 20 years of business experience. Apolone is leveraging 20 years of business and accounting experience to build a commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on construction law. She has held senior leadership roles in non-profit organizations, leading finance, human resources, information technology and facilities teams. She has also held senior roles in audit and assurance services at a “Big Four” audit firm. Apolone has also lectured in Auditing, Economics and Business at post-secondary schools. Read more here

Comply with lobbying and other political advocacy laws

Charities and other not-for-profits involved in lobbying and other political advocacy must comply with evolving laws governing these activities. Even amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the landscape continues to shift.

 

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Fiscal year ends, business continuity, and COVID-19

At the best of times, fiscal year ends are challenging. Organizations with upcoming or recent fiscal year ends will undoubtedly find them particularly challenging. Organizations with robust policies and procedures will likely fare better than those without. Consequently, it will be helpful to start your year end planning as early as you can.

 

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Focus on quality

To deliver high-quality products or services, implement an effective quality management system (QMS) based on the following seven principles identified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):

 

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The new Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return

In November 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revised Form T3010, to reflect recent changes in the law governing political advocacy. All registered charities and Registered National Arts Service Organizations (RNASOs) must complete a Form T3010 each fiscal year.

 

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The essentials of anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance programs

Organizations at risk of anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) violations should implement risk-based ABAC compliance programs.

 

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Not-for-profits should leverage information technology, safely

Not-for-profits have numerous opportunities to leverage information technology (IT), from social media to cloud computing and beyond.

 

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Ten tips to a better month-end close

A better month-end close is possible. Like clockwork, a calendar month ends and in honour of this unchangeable fact, you must update the general ledger and prepare financial statements and management reports. The practical tips below can reduce stress, shorten the month-end cycle, increase accuracy and otherwise improve month-ends:

 

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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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Ensure secure disposal of hardware

Organizations often make the mistake of considering the disposal of hardware only when they are ready to discard equipment, if at all. Instead, they should plan for hardware disposal throughout the entire systems development lifecycle, from acquisition and testing through to operations.

 

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GAAP closes gaps in interpreting financial information

Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) closes gaps in interpreting financial information, by providing rules for the financial reporting road.

 

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Effective monitoring of internal controls is critical

If the most serious internal control violation is a failure to implement internal controls in the first place, the failure to monitor existing internal controls is a close contender. Identify where in the organization effective monitoring occurs and leverage those successes.

 

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Not-for-profit boards need a succession plan for their CEOs/EDs

Notwithstanding the vast differences between for-profit and not-for-profit entities, both need succession plans to quickly and effectively replace CEOs/EDs, whether the departure is planned or abrupt.

 

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The ISACA has traded in COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019 (Part 3 of 3)

The ISACA has traded in the 7-year old COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019. This is the last of a 3-part series examining this change. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

 

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The ISACA has traded in COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019 (part 2 of 3)

The ISACA has traded in the 7-year-old COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019. This is the second of a 3-part series exploring COBIT 2019.

 

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The ISACA has traded in COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019 (Part 1 of 3)

The ISACA has traded in the 7-year-old COBIT 5 for COBIT 2019. This 3-part article explains COBIT 2019, based on published ISACA guidance.

 

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