The Fraud Survey Numbers Are In

Last week I conducted two break-out sessions at the NACBA National Conference in Houston. During these sessions I reported the final results of the PSK/NACBA fraud survey conducted earlier this year. In the coming posts I will be sharing some of the information we gleaned from our survey.

Goal of the Fraud Survey

Before launching into this discussion however, it must be pointed out that this was not a scientific poll. Rather, it is simply a questionnaire answered by a little over 100 participants who were invited to participate. The goal was not to obtain specific answers to specific questions, but simply to gain a general understanding of the extent of fraud awareness in the church environment.

In fact, because the sample size was small and most of the participants (I assume) were NACBA members or churches with a high degree of management sophistication, I expected the results to be skewed to the high side.  *My opinion – If a scientific poll had been conducted, compliance indicators would have been MUCH lower.

As we go through the results of our fraud survey, you will notice that we (PSK) have grouped the questions asked of participants according to several “key” areas in church operations that are fundamental to fraud prevention. The first of these key areas – Church Governance.

The full list of topics are below. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more of the same great fraud prevention tips you have learned to trust from Weeds in the Garden!

Results of the PSK/NACBA Fraud Survey – Upcoming Blog Topics:

  • Church Governance
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Volunteer Training
  • Policies & Procedures Manual
  • Credit Checks
  • Segregation of Duties
  • Cash Disbursements
  • Payroll Fraud
  • Information Technology
  • Payments to Individuals
  • Fraud Prevention Programs

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