What to Look for in a Nonprofit’s Financial Statement

Thursday, February 27, 2014 -
7:45am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 4th floor, 79 Fifth Ave., NYC
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Learn how to analyze and evaluate nonprofit financial statements and know what questions to raise for further analysis. Walk through a set of financial statements, focusing on definitions and relationships of numbers. A brief history of GAAP, as it applies to Not-for-Profit organizations, will also be presented. The program will also consider "red flags" and offer some ratio analyses to use when assessing the financial health of an organization.


  • Financial statements with an accountant eminent in the nonprofit sector
  • The basics of reading and interpreting financial statements
  • What's changed since last year within the financial statements
  • How to spot red flags as well as signs of an organization's financial health
  • Ratios and formulas that will help you evaluate and compare nonprofit financials
  • What questions to raise with the grant applicant or grantee
  • A better understanding of which notes to the financials are integral to your assessment of the organization

Part of Philanthropy New York's series "Not for New Grantmakers Only" and Financial/Tax Analysis.


This program is "Partially Open."


    Candice Meth, Senior Manager, Not-for-Profit Services Group, EisnerAmper LLP

Designed for

Funders with less than two years of experience in the field – program officers, CEOs and other staff, as well as trustees. It is also recommended for experienced grantmakers seeking a refresher in the basic financial tools of grantmaking.

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