Financial Policy

Owner: Governance Committee
Originally Board Approved: May 22, 2019
Last Revised: May 22, 2019
Last Reviewed: May 22, 2019

1. Definitions

  1. The following terms have these meanings in this Policy:
    1. Organization” refers to Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports
    2. Representative” – Individuals employed by, or engaged in activities on behalf of, the Organization including: coaches, convenors, officials, staff members, contract personnel, volunteers, managers, administrators, committee members, and directors and officers of the Organization.

2. Purpose

  1. The Organization will function as a Not-For-Profit organization and all fundraising, fees, sponsorship, and grants will be used for the on-going development of the sport.
  2. The purpose of this Policy is to guide the financial management practices of the Organization.

3. Policy

3.1 Budget and Reports

  1. The Organization’s Board will develop and approve an annual budget which will contain the Organization’s total anticipated expenditures and revenues.
  2. The Treasurer (or designate) will, at each meeting of the Board or at minimum quarterly, present an interim comparative financial statement (which includes actuals for revenues and expenditures compared to budget) and a balance sheet to the Board for approval.
  3. The Treasurer (or designate) will, at the Annual Meeting, present Financial Statements as required by applicable legislation and any other report as determined by the Board.
  4. The financial statements of the Organization will be audited by an auditor appointed by the Board, if required by the Manitoba Corporations Act.
  5. The Organization will file a T2 Corporation Income Tax Return each fiscal year.

3.2 Fiscal Year

The Organization’s fiscal year will be as described in the Bylaws.

3.3 Banking - Revenue

  1. Registration fees shall be reviewed annually by the Treasurer who will make recommendations to the Board; which shall approve fees for each year well in advance of the start of the registration year.
  2. All money received by the Organization will be placed into a general fund and will be used for all necessary and permitted purposes for the operation of the Organization, as determined by the Organization’s Board.
  3. All money received by the Organization will be deposited, in the name of the Organization, with a reputable financial institution.

3.4 Bank Reconciliation

The Bank Statements will be reconciled to the general ledger on a monthly basis. On a quarterly basis, the Treasurer or other members of the Finance Committee will review and initial a copy of the Bank Reconciliation to indicate their review and approval or indicate review and approval through email.

3.5 Petty Cash

The petty cash fund will not exceed $100 and shall be operated for small incidental cash purchases not to exceed $15. When the cheque request is submitted for payment it should indicate the total amount needed to bring the fund back up to $100.

3.6 Signing Officers

  1. All contracts, documents, or any other instruments in writing requiring the signature of the Organization shall be signed by at least two of the following:
    1. President
    2. Treasurer
    3. Two staff appointed by the Board as a signing authority
  2. All contracts, documents, expenses, or any other instruments in writing are subject to the MODS Spending & Budget Exception Policy.

3.7 Electronic Banking

Internet banking has become a very common banking practice that provides several distinct advantages, the Organization will ensure internal controls related to online banking are in place to ensure all internet banking transactions are consistent and comply with the Organization’s financial procedures (such as the type of allowable uses for online banking transaction, number of signers). No one person should handle all of the transactions; the proper segregation of duties at all times must be followed. Authorized users need to consider the safe, secure and confidential storage of information and data, including the storage of PIN’s and security tokens where applicable.  Proper retention of all supporting materials and print outs transactions receipts must be maintained.

3.8 Expenses

  1. Requests for purchases require the following:
    1. All purchases must be approved by the Treasurer (or designate)
    2. Purchases over $3,000 also require the approval of the Organization’s Board
  2. All expenses will be supported with receipts and must be detailed to budget items, projects, or functions by the Organization’s
  3. Any expenditure not approved within the annual budget will be approved by the Board prior to any such expenditure. Without the Board’s approval, the expenditure will not be paid by the Organization unless determined otherwise by the Board.

3.9 Accounts

  1. Accounts receivable terms are net ninety (90) days from the date of invoice.
  2. Accounts payable will be paid within the terms of the supplier invoice. Where no terms are specified, accounts will be paid within thirty (30) days.

3.10 Credit Card

  1. With the approval of the Board, the Organization may acquire credit cards for the use of staff members who are required to make purchases on a regular basis for travel, accommodation, and other expenses related to their duties on behalf of the Organization. The Board will determine who receives credit cards and what the credit card limits will be.
  2. Credit card holders will be responsible for all charges made on credit cards issued in their name.
  3. Credit cards must only be used for authorized payments that include:
    1. Payment of actual and reasonable expenses incurred on authorized Organization business, including travel and accommodation, where it is not feasible for these costs to have been paid in advance of the expense being incurred or for the costs to be invoiced to the Organization
    2. Purchase of goods or budgeted items
  4. For the purposes of this Policy, expenses included in an annual Organization budget as approved by the Board are considered to be authorized. Expenses that fall outside the approved budget must be approved before being charged to an Organization credit card.
  5. Credit cards are not to be used for any personal expenses and may not be used for meal purchases except with prior authorization.
  6. All expenses charged to a credit card should be supported by a credit card receipt issued by the merchant or a detailed supplier invoice to confirm that the expenses are properly incurred on Organization business.
  7. Under no circumstances are cash advances to be drawn on Organization credit cards.
  8. In addition, the following individuals have credit card responsibilities:
    1. Cardholders must:
      1. not allow another person to use the card
      2. protect the pin number of the card
      3. only purchase within the credit limit of the card
      4. notify the credit card company if the card is lost or stolen
      5. keep the card with them at all times, or in a secure location
      6. forward to the Organization’s Treasurer, on a monthly basis, all receipts for expenses charged to the card in the previous month
      7. surrender the credit card upon the cardholder ceasing to perform the role for which the card was issued
    2. The Organization’s Treasurer must:
      1. ensure that each credit card issued to an individual is paid in full on a monthly basis
      2. review and reconcile each credit card statement on a monthly basis
      3. bring to the attention of the Board any credit card expense which does not appear to be authorized under this policy
      4. recover from the cardholder any funds owing for unauthorized expenses

3.11 Expense Claims

  1. Representatives may submit expense claims to the Treasurer (or designate) for personal expenses incurred in performing their duties for the Organization. Generally, only expenses pre-approved by the Organization’s Treasurer (or designate) will be reimbursed - and only within three months of the incurred expense. Expense claims must include:
    1. The exact amount of each separate expense.
    2. The date on which the expense occurred.
    3. The place and location of the expense.
    4. The purpose of the expense.
    5. A receipt for the expense.
  2. Organization Representatives may submit expense claims to the Organization’s Treasurer (or designate) for travel and/or accommodation expenses for conferences, tournaments, provincial meetings, or national meetings; provided the expected expense reimbursement amount is pre-approved by the Organization Treasurer (or designate).
  3. Generally, no cash advances will be provided. If there is a need for a cash advance, a request must be made to the Treasurer for approval of the advance.
  4. Expenses will be reimbursed in amounts outlined in the following table:




    Travel – Personal Vehicle Mileage Rate

    $0.45 per kilometre

    Travel – Air

    Lowest economy



    Receipts not required



    Receipts not required



    Receipts not required

    Full Day


    Receipts not required


    Double occupancy

    All personnel

    Accommodation with Friends or Family

    $40.00 / day

    Receipts not required

    Incidental expenses

    Actual cost

    Receipt required

  5. The Organization will not reimburse for costs above the specified rates without prior approval of the Treasurer. Where costs above the specified rates are approved, receipts must be provided.

3.12 Travel and Accommodation Expenses

Defined under the MODS Travel Expense Policy.

3.13 Entertainment Expense

Entertainment expenses are reimbursable when the expense is directly related to business.  These expenses include the purchase of a meal for a business associate or associates while conducting business.  A senior employee shall pay the bill and submit it on his/her expense report.  Original receipts must support all claims and include names of attendees and purpose of the expense.  Maximum allowable tip amount shall not exceed 15%

3.14 Other Expenses

  1. Organization Representatives may be reimbursed for long distance telephone calls provided the expenses were the Organization-related. Expense claims for telephone expenses must include the name of the person called, his or her connection to the Organization, and the purpose of the call. Telephone expenses in excess of $80.00 will not be reimbursed.
  2. Actual and reasonable expenses for items such as parking, telephones and copying may be reimbursed. Receipts must be provided for all such expenses.

3.15 Signing Authority – Other Documents

  1. In the absence of any resolution to the contrary passed by the Board, the deeds, contracts, securities, bonds and other document(s) requiring the signature of two signing officers. The Board may authorize other persons to sign on behalf of the Organization.
  2. Copies of all deeds, contracts, securities, bonds and other document(s) requiring the signature of the Organization will be made available for review by the Board if requested.

3.16 NSF Charges

  1. The Organization will charge a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) charge on NSF Cheques. The penalty will be waived if the cheque was returned in error from the Bank (written confirmation required).  Waiver of penalty for reasons other than bank error shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.  An individual who has a repeat occurrence of a returned cheque will not be allowed to pay with a cheque in the future.  Accepted methods of payment will be cash, certified cheque or money order

3.17 Replacement Cheques

  1. Lost or missing cheques will not be re-issued until after the next applicable month end reconciliation has taken place.
  2. Cheques that need to be replaced due to loss will be assessed a five dollar ($5.00) administration fee.
  3. Lost or missing cheques that have not been claimed by the Organization’s year end will not be reissued.

3.18 Equity/Operating Reserve

The target for the minimum operating reserve fund or minimum equity level is 3 months of the Organization’s average operating costs.  The calculation of average monthly operating costs includes all ongoing committed expenses, for example salaries & benefits, rent, storage, office admin costs like phones, internet, and set programming costs. The amount of the equity / operating reserve will be reviewed annually after the fiscal budget is approved.