Category: Basics

Transparency leads to more giving

This is an interesting video. Rather than making this too mercenary, I think we need to be good stewards of what we are given, and that good stewards are entrusted with more.


March 16, 2019 0

Short Version

It CAN happen at your church. ALL embezzlers were trusted: that’s how they got the money. Even Christ had one bad ‘un in his twelve. You really do need an audit of your financial procedures. No slam: allchurches do. We are LOTS cheaper than a CPA audit ($299 – $699, with scholarships for the tiniest churches, vs $3k-10K+). You will…
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March 12, 2019 0

Removing temptation

Talk to a fraud examiner and he or she will launch into a lecture about the “Fraud Triangle”. Briefly, this explanation (well-accepted since it was published in 1949) says that fraud involves three key elements: Financial Need: This could be a spouse with cancer and no money for the expensive drugs. Or a lost job and…
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February 25, 2019 0

What sort of audit is this?

I showed my work to a CPA friend yesterday, and he wrote, Using the word ‘audit’ concerns me a bit. Do you think that word has a certain connotation that may leave users thinking you are providing a certified audit? He raised a good point, which needs to be addressed. In fact, though addressing it…
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February 23, 2019 0

Protecting reputations

If you handle money like Pastor Bob does, you may be setting yourself up for trouble. Bob, you see, keeps his money in his right pocket and church money in his left pocket. What would he say should someone accuse him of spending church money for personal items? NOTHING he could say would be of…
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February 23, 2019 0

The Fraud Triangle – explaining WHY.

The Fraud Triangle is a model of why fraud occurs. It was originally developed by Donald Cressey in 1951. It is still used as a simple and clear way to understand why people commit fraud.


February 23, 2019 0