I couldn’t have said it better myself. This article depicts so many of my frustrations and challenges in running an efficient and worthy nonprofit.
“It sounds like you’re cooking the books,” I said. And the executive director went absolutely nuts. I wasn’t surprised because I had been in this conversation hundreds of times before. But I had to tell it like I saw it. Plus, it’s a topic that is very troubling to me for all the reasons I will explain in this post.
“Cooking the books” is a phrase used in the commercial world that, essentially, means changing the relationship of numbers in the financial records of a company in order to present a different “face” to the state of the company.
Putting the best light on it, “cooking the books”, is a way that businesses make things look better than they are in order to appease stockholders. Stated more negatively, “cooking the books” is a buzzword describing fraudulent activities performed by businesses in order to falsify their financial statements.
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