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Margaret Swain

Margaret Swain

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Name: Margaret Swain
Date registered: August 12, 2013



Margaret joined ORBA in 2006 as a member of the Accounting Services department, bringing over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. In addition to positions in private and public accounting, her prior background includes over five years as executive director of a professional performing arts organization. Margaret seeks out opportunities to provide services to the not-for-profit sector; as her work encompasses health care and social service agencies, performing arts groups, charter schools, religious organizations, professional associations and foundations.

Latest posts

  1. Tips for a Valid Accountable Plan — January 12, 2015
  2. In-House or Out Source? — March 26, 2014
  3. Nurturing a Sustainable Institutional Identity — August 12, 2013

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Jan 12

Tips for a Valid Accountable Plan

Principals of good financial management call for having a valid accountable plan for employee expense reimbursements for all businesses or organizations, whether for-profit or not-for-profit. The IRS lists three rules for a reimbursement or allowance arrangement which all must be met in order for the plan to qualify as an accountable plan. This blog offers tips on the design process.

Mar 26

In-House or Out Source?

There are many circumstances when it makes sense for a not-for-profit organization to engage the services of an outside contractor, especially smaller organizations that may not have sufficient internal resources or the need for full-time staffing in auxiliary departments such as marketing or accounting.

Aug 12

Nurturing a Sustainable Institutional Identity

Many not-for-profit organizations are founded by the will and impetus of a single – and singular – motivator. Dance companies, for example, are often formed to showcase and promote the unique talents of a particular choreographer. Other not-for-profit organizations, especially in the germination stage, are often conceived, built and run by a strong and determined leader.