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For the Benefit of Our Workers: The Massachusetts Nonprofit Employee Benefit Study

March 19, 2009

Analyzes survey results on the types and costs of benefits offered to employees of Massachusetts' large nonprofit institutions, small grassroots organizations, and safety-net organizations. Includes comparisons with those in other states.

Passion & Purpose: Raising the Fiscal Fitness Bar for Massachusetts Nonprofits

June 11, 2008

Presents data on and financial analyses of the state's nonprofit sector by organization type, budget, focus area, and location. Recommends better financial stewardship, restructuring, repositioning, and reinvestment to enhance nonprofits' sustainability.

An Investigation of Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations: Occurrences and Deterrents

December 1, 2006

Losses due to fraudulent activities are particularly troublesome in the nonprofit sector because they directly reduce resources available to address tax-exempt purposes. The ensuing bad publicity may also reduce contributions and grants in subsequent periods. This paper uses data provided by Certified Fraud Examiners to report on the types of fraud they identified in nonprofit organizations and the characteristics of both the victims and the perpetrators of the fraudulent activities. Based on the analysis of the data, the authors suggest ways that fraud losses can be prevented or mitigated. In particular, governing boards are urged to consider important controls in addition to the annual financial statement audit.This publication is Hauser Center Working Paper No. 35. The Hauser Center Working Paper Series was launched during the summer of 2000. The Series enables the Hauser Center to share with a broad audience important works-in-progress written by Hauser Center scholars and researchers.