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How to prevent financial fraud at your church

CPA and non-profit consultant Vonna Laue helps to identify why churches fall victim to fraud, how you can recognize it — and what you can do about it. Why do churches fall victim to fraud? Trust: It’s the baseline. If you don’t trust your employees or volunteers, you need to address that. I would expect […]

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Internal controls keep fraud at bay

“What happens in accounting, stays in accounting.” If your finance team’s motto goes something like this, you might have an internal controls problem. Internal controls are put in place to clearly define proper procedures for finance and accounting team members, to minimize risk, and to alleviate suspicion. Even churches must mitigate risk and ensure that policies and procedures are in place and functioning as intended.

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Protecting your church and religious organization against fraud

Now more than ever, all organizations are exposed to risk, including cyber security breaches and internal fraud. Religious institutions — which strive on building a trusting relationship with their members and employees on the foundation of religious beliefs, coupled with tight budgets and limited financial oversight — are even more vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

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