Exchange Rates

Exchange Rates

Managing exchange rates can be a big challenge when receiving a grant in a foreign currency. This starts from before the grant is approved, already when you are budgeting for your proposal. At that time, you are ‘translating’ your local currency prices into the...
Costs for International Travel

Costs for International Travel

Previously, we looked at domestic travel costs and how to properly account for them. Now I want to look at international travel. In general, the same principles apply as for domestic travel. But there are four aspects I want to highlight. Class Most international...
Costs for Domestic Travel

Costs for Domestic Travel

In another post, we looked at the costs of food and drinks while traveling and how Per diems may make it easier to handle the corresponding paperwork. Usually more strict requirements apply for travel costs and it is not as easy to avoid the nitty-gritty. In this post...
Time Sheets As A Tool For Accountability

Time Sheets As A Tool For Accountability

For many not-for-profits, staff is one of the key expenses for their work. While many funders do not like to feel they are subsidizing salaries, and prefer to contribute to real, tangible activities and products. That makes staff salaries a sensitive part of any...
Food and Drinks and Per Diems

Food and Drinks and Per Diems

In my previous post I wrote about proof of delivery – what is needed to be able to prove and justify expenses properly. I used an example of an event in a hotel which included lunch and coffee breaks. But I did not specifically touch upon food and drink expenses. In...
What is proof of delivery (1)

What is proof of delivery (1)

How do you account for expenses? I don’t mean, how do you book them. I mean, what documentation do you collect and keep, to make sure (and be able to show) that the expenses are real? In other words, what is your proof of delivery? In one of my previous blogs I...