Internal Controls Checklist

What are internal controls?

Internal controls are a set of policies and procedures to prevent deliberate or misguided use of funds for unauthorized purposes.

Why have them?

  • Internal controls help to provide reliable data by ensuring that information is recorded in a consistent way that will allow for useful financial reports
  • They also help prevent fraud and loss by safeguarding assets and essential records.
  • Internal controls promote operational efficiency by reducing unnecessary duplication of effort and guarding against misallocation of resources.
  • They encourage adherence to management policies and funding source requirements.


CompassPoint is pleased to share with the nonprofit community a sample internal controls checklist – we invite you to download and adapt any and all of these documents for your own use.

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