What is a Revenue Dashboard for a Nonprofit Organization?

Revenue dashboards are considered important analysis tools and are used by for executives and revenue managers to track trends and variances in their sources of funding. Some of the key functionality in this type of visual report is that it it provides a mix of graphical analysis as well as a report (partially visible at the bottom of the screenshot below). The user can choose filters for department and time period to see the data they are looking for. The report covers revenues from grants, products & services and, when applicable, membership dues. You find an example of this type of visual report below.

Purpose of Nonprofit Revenue Dashboards

Nonprofits and associations use Revenue Dashboards to easily analyze their revenue performance versus budgets and targets. When used as part of good business practices in a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) department, an organization can improve its strategies and reaction time to changing market conditions as well as reduce the chances that managers miss important trends and variances.

Nonprofit Revenue Dashboard Example

Here is an example of a Nonprofit Revenue Dashboard with a report section and dynamic parameters.

Revenue Dashboard Example for a Nonprofit Organization

Revenue Dashboard Example for a Nonprofit Organization

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Who Uses This Type of Visual report?

The typical users of this type of visual report are: Executives, financial managers and revenue managers.

Other Visual reports Often Used in Conjunction with Nonprofit Revenue Dashboards

Progressive Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) departments sometimes use several different Nonprofit Revenue Dashboards, along with financial statements, budget models, grants dashboards, membership dashboards and other management and control tools.

Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?

The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from dedicated membership management systems or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) Finance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Acumatica, Netsuite and others.

In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the planning data most often originates from in-house Excel spreadsheet models or from professional corporate performance management (CPM/EPM) solutions.

What Tools are Typically used for Reporting, Planning and Dashboards?

Examples of business software used with the data and ERPs mentioned above are:

  • Native ERP report writers and query tools
  • Spreadsheets (for example Microsoft Excel)
  • Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools (for example Solver)
  • Dashboards (for example Microsoft Power BI and Tableau)

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