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Advice for Successful Grant Management for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Timekeeping for Your Organization

The weak link

Managing grant dollars is one of the weakest links in the grant process chain. Directors tend to have detailed and documented process of researching and developing grant proposals. But frequently, that is where the process stops. Unfortunately, the inability of nonprofits to manage grant funds successfully with nonprofit timekeeping software is the single most important reason why a funder may not fund them in the second or third year. Tracking employee hours and timesheet entries by projects and grants can help with these lingering issues. Locate an automated time tracking software for your employees to track hours and manage projects. With an online solution, you'll be able to gain instant access into how much time your volunteers and employees are spending supporting each grant and lower level items to be tracked.

Track and document everything

Most government grants require significant documentation of all expenditures related to grants. Grant giving organizations require recipients to submit detailed supporting documents before grant payments are made. An employee time card tracking system that has the capacity to automatically generate grant reimbursements based on grant activity not only saves time but improves accuracy. Employee time clock software should include a business rule that requires employees capture all time worked on grand and "non-grant" related activities.

Understand indirect costs

Grants come with indirect costs. Understand whether operating funds for administrative burdens will be covered or if you need to dig up additional funding. Ask your team if your organization is prepared to reallocate its administrative budget to cover the cost and if so for how long. Cost allocation will allow your organization to share overhead expenses across different programs. A good timekeeping solution will include time off requests, real time data capture, and a means to track overhead costs. Look for a solution that includes the ability to track volunteer hours using a mobile app for no additional fees.

Know your stuff

Essential to successful grant management is understanding and adherence to regulations related to grant management. Regulatory compliance starts with federal guides for Cost Principles and Auditing from the Office of Budget and Management. These regulations impact state and local government grants and sets models of best practices for foundation and other private grantors. Utilize the built-in business rules in your timekeeping software to aid with specific regulations. Features like audit logs, daily reminders, online approvals all help your organization achieve compliance.

Staying on Schedule

Being able to quickly see what is coming up or quickly see a high-level view is critical to keeping the process running smoothly. SaaS based employee scheduling solutions can be utilized to track important deadlines and send email reminders of deadlines when they are approaching. This can be a great time-saver for the person who is organizing all the elements of a grant proposal and responsible for the final submission.

Bottom Line

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  4. Online approvals
  5. Email reminders and alerts
  6. Real-time reporting

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