The University of Iowa

Accounting for Equity: Expressing Your Values in the Language of Finance
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Many nonprofits have stated equity (across race, gender, abilities, etc.) as a goal, a set of values, and as a strategic framework for their organizations. But do their financials bear out those commitments? Nonprofit financial statements, and the decisions represented in those statements, shed light on the true priorities of organizations. How budgets are created and what is included in them tells us what an organization believes is most important. How an organization designs its reserves and where it invests those reserves can reveal its focus on equity. Vendor selection practices show whether an organization is aligning its spending with its values. Join us in a practical look at how a nonprofit’s commitment to equity shows up (or could) in its financial decisions and financial practices. We’ll cover budgeting, investing, vendor selection, personnel policies, and more. Please come prepared to share your experience.

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  • Shetu Rose, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Diverge Finance Cooperative
  • Luciano Patino, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Diverge Finance Cooperative
  • Curtis Klotz, Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder, Diverge Finance Cooperative



Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 1:00pm
88 Broad Street
1st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Nonprofit Quarterly
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Nonprofit Quarterly