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BSHS 373 Week 1 Individual Assignment Magnolia Therapeutic Solutions Case Study

Resource: Magnolia Therapeutic Solutions Case
Read the Magnolia Therapeutic Solutions Case located on the student website.
Write a 700- to 1,000-word paper responding to the following questions:

· How did your decision compare to the board’s decision? Why did you make the decision you did? What effect did organizational infrastructure and culture have on your decision?

· What do you think were the main causes behind the problems that Magnolia ultimately suffered? What would you have done differently to avoid those problems?

· What differences in acquiring revenue, accruing expenses, and training key personnel are there between a nonprofit organization’s inability to thrive and a for-profit organization’s inability to thrive? Cite at least three differences.

· What is Magnolia’s deficit in terms of risk management?

Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.

BSHS 373 Week 1 DQS

DQ 1

 If you were considering making a private donation to a human service organization, what would you want to see to help you determine whether or not to give the donation to a particular organization? Rank your criteria according to what you think is most important and provide an explanation of why you ranked the criteria in that specific order.

DQ 2

Provide a 200-300 word response to the following:
What is the importance of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for nonprofit organizations?

DQ 3

In what ways do nonprofit organizations differ from for-profit organizations? Which differences do you think are most critical?

BSHS 373 Week 2 Learning Team Analysis of Financial Statements

Resource: Valley of the Sun United Way Web site located at
Complete the following using the two years of audited financial statements for the Valley of the Sun United Way:

· Where do you see major increases or decreases in line items?

· What internal or external factors might have caused those changes in the line items over the course of the year?

· What is your hypothesis for the changes? Consider both macro and micro possible causes.

· Acting as a financial analyst, what questions would you ask Valley of the Sun United Way’s CFO regarding the changes in the organization’s financial statements over the years? Why is it important that you ask financial questions of the organization?

· Use at least four financial ratios as performance measures of the organization. Refer to Ch. 5 of Financial Management for Human Service Administrators.

Provide a SWOT analysis to complete your financial analysis. Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the organization and justify your analysis.

BSHS 373 Week 2 DQS

DQ 1

What are three to four line items that appear on an organization's balance sheet? What significance do these items have for the organization?
Which statements are useful in explaining how much cash an organization uses or generates during an accounting period? Why? How might an organization use this information?

DQ 2

Why are dates on financial statements important? What problems have you experienced or would you expect with incorrect dating of financial statements?

DQ 3

 What managerial assessments may you make about an organization that has a profit and negative cash flow in the same accounting period? How might this affect the organization?
 Why is it important for a nonprofit to measure performance? Which performance measures do you think are most beneficial for a nonprofit organization to use?

BSHS 373 Week 3 Individual Assignment Accounting Short-Answer Questions

Resource: Financial Management for Human Service Administrators
Write 200- to 300-word responses to the following questions:

· What are the major accounting differences between nonprofit and for-profit organizations?
· Why are audits becoming increasingly important in the nonprofit sector? Cite at least three reasons.

Complete Exercises 4.1–4.3 in Ch. 4 of Financial Management for Human Service Administrators.

BSHS 373 Week 3 DQS

DQ 1

 What forces exist that encourage unethical accounting practices? What justification do you think accountants use for their unethical behavior? Why do you think efforts to change this have not been enacted? How might managers prevent unethical accounting practices in the workplace?
 In what ways might accounting in a nonprofit organization be more difficult than accounting in a for-profit organization?

DQ 2

 What changes have occurred in the human service sector that have made government and private contributors more concerned with organizations’ audits and audit procedures? Share examples from your own experience.

DQ 3

 What are the major changes and implications of the new Form 990? Do you think that it will ultimately assist nonprofit organizations or cause more confusion?

BSHS 373 Week 4 Learning Team Assignment CareSafe Foster Systems Budget

Complete, individually, the CareSafe Foster Systems Budget activity located on the student website.
Review the budget with your team members.
Write a 1,050- to 1,200-word paper answering the following questions as a team:

· What would you say to Dr. Drexel to help her understand the importance of a workable budget?

· What may be done to increase the size of CareSafe’s surplus? Cite at least four methods and discuss the pros and cons of each method. Which of these methods are the most feasible to implement? Explain your rationale.

· What, if any, problems do you foresee in CareSafe’s financial future? What may be done to prevent those problems?

Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Submit the completed budget and your responses to the questions

BSHS 373 Week 4 DQS

DQ 1

What are some common errors that might occur in the budget creation process? How might these errors be avoided?

 What are the best methods by which to avoid going over budget? If you cannot avoid going over budget, how might you bring the budget back in line to avoid a deficit?

DQ 2

 How is the internal management structure of an organization tied to the organization’s budget? How might management help an organization stay on track or cause it to go over budget?

DQ 3

 What part does revenue projection play in the formation of a budget at a human service organization? How is revenue projection different in a human service organization as opposed to a for-profit organization?

 How might a SWOT analysis help an organization plan a budget? What part does strategic planning play in the budget-making process?

BSHS 373 Week 5 Individual Assignment Nonprofit Organization Revenue Origin Matrix

Resource: Nonprofit Organization Revenue Origin Matrix
Complete the Nonprofit Organization Revenue Origin Matrix located on the student website.
Evaluate the pros and cons associated with the different sources of revenue available to a nonprofit organization using your completed matrix.

BSHS 373 Week 5 DQS

DQ 1

 What are the different sources from which nonprofit organizations may seek funding? How might you determine whether a source of funding is appropriate for an organization?

 Why have a number of nonprofit organizations turned to social enterprise as a new potential stream of revenue? Do you think this is a wise path for nonprofit organizations? Why or why not?

DQ 2

 What do you perceive to be the future for financing nonprofit organizations?

DQ 3

 How do human service organizations deal with stakeholders? How is this different from the way for-profit organizations deal with stakeholders?

 What are the differences and similarities between nonprofit and for-profit organizations in terms of strategic planning and management?

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