APPLICATION OF BUDGET AND BUDGETARY CONTROL MEASURES IN A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION A STUDY OF CATHOLIC CHURCH, LAGOS
Budget and budgetary control, both at management and operational level looks at the future and lays down what has to be achieved. Control checks whether or not the plans are realized, and puts into effect corrective measures where deviation or shortfall is occurring. This study examines how budget and budgetary control can be a control measure in an organization using the Catholic Church lagos, as considered in this study. We reviewed the control measure of the performance of Catholic Church in previous and recent times. We found out that the control level of the Church depends much on the budgetary system in achieving its objectives and operation. An empirical investigation was undertaken, using the simple correlation analysis techniques specifically the Pearson Product Movement Correlation.. Following our findings, we advise the NPO managers and CEO operators to pay more attention to their budgetary control system, for those without an existing budgetary control system, they should put one in place, and those with a dummy or passive budgetary control system, It is time they re- establish a result- oriented budgetary control system as it goes a long way in repositioning the Church from its creeping in its performance and control measure level to an improved high capacity utilization point.
Budgeting has come to be accepted as an efficient method of short-term planning and control. It is employed, no doubt, in large business houses, but even the small businesses are using it at least in some informal manner. Through the budgets, a business wants to know clearly as to what it proposes to do during an accounting period or a part thereof. The technique of budgeting is an important application of Management Accounting. Probably, the greatest aid to good management that has ever been devised is the use of budgets and budgetary control. It is a versatile tool and has helped managers cope with many problems including inflation.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, England, defines a 'budget' as under: " A financial and/or quantitative statement, prepared and approved prior to define period of time, of the policy to be persued during that period for the purpose of attaining a given objective." According to Brown and Howard of Management Accountant "a budget is a predetermined statement of managerial policy during the given period which provides a standard for comparison with the results actually achieved."
Budgetary Control is the process of establishment of budgets relating to various activities and comparing the budgeted figures with the actual performance for arriving at deviations, if any. Accordingly, there cannot be budgetary control without budgets. Budgetary Control is a system which uses budgets as a means of planning and controlling.
According to I.C.M.A. England Budgetary control is defined by Terminology as the establishment of budgets relating to the responsibilities of executives to the requirements of a policy and the continuous comparison of actual with the budgeted results, either to secure by individual actions the objectives of that policy or to provide a basis for its revision.
A non-profit organization is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit and in which no part of the organization's income is distributed to its members, directors, or officers. Non-profit corporations are often termed "non-stock corporations." They can take the form of a corporation, an individual enterprise (for example, individual charitable contributions), unincorporated association, partnership, foundation (distinguished by its endowment by a founder, it takes the form of a trusteeship), or condominium (joint ownership of common areas by owners of adjacent individual units incorporated under state condominium acts). Non-profit organizations must be designated as nonprofit when created and may only pursue purposes permitted by statutes for non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations include churches, public schools, public charities, public clinics and hospitals, political organizations, legal aid societies, volunteer services organizations, labor unions, professional associations, research institutes, museums, and some governmental agencies.
Non-profit entities are organized under state law. For non-profit corporations, some states have adopted the Revised Model Non-Profit Corporation Act (1986). For non-profit associations, a few states have adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Non-Profit Association Act (See Colorado 7-30-101 to 7-30-119). Some states exempt non-profit organizations from state tax and state employment programs such as unemployment compensation contribution. Some states give non-profit organizations immunity from tort liability (see Massachusetts law giving immunity to a narrow group of non-profit organizations) and other states limit tort liability by enacting a damage cap. State law also governs solicitation privileges and accreditations requirements such as licenses and permits. Each state defines non-profit differently. Some states make distinctions between organizations not operated for profit without charitable goals (like a sports or professional association) and charitable associations in order to determine what legal privileges the respective organizations will be given.
Some NPOs may also be a charity or service organization; they may be organized as a nonprofit corporation or as a trust, a cooperative, or they exist informally. A very similar type of organization termed a supporting organization operates like a foundation, but they are more complicated to administer, hold more favorable tax status and are restricted in the public charities they support. Their mole is not to be successful in terms of wealth, but in terms of giving value to the groups of people they administer to.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE RESEARCH
There is hardly any aspect of human Endeavour that does not have economic implication because economics as a science is essentially concerned with the study of scarce resources, there allocation, management and utilization. This reality is what gave birth to a business budget in the 20th century. The term budget was first put to use in Europe to refer to first, a leather bag used to carry statement of revenue and expenditure, and later the term was referred to as the statement itself and not just the container.
Today, a budget play a greater role in the planning and control process of basically all organization, be it private or public sector, ministries and non profit-making organizations.
Organizations developed plans on how to go about its future operations. While control measures are used to correct any deviation from the plans. The budgetary process is an integral part of both planning and control. Budgeting is making plans for the future, implementing those plans and monitoring activities to see whether they conform to plans. To do this successfully, it requires maximum commitment by the top management, corporative and motivated middle management and staff, and well organized reporting system.
The importance of budget to households, business organization can never be over emphasized. Most families or members of households have at point developed a budget to guide them in allocating resources over a specific period of time. The family budget is a planning tool, but it also serve as control behaviour of family members by setting limits on what can be spent within each budget category. Budget enables house to know how much of their money is being spent. Such a situation can easily lead family into unexpected debt and severe financial difficulties.
Likewise, budgets play a similar planning and control role for managers within business units and budgets are a central part of a design and operation of management accounting system. As in household budget, budget in business organizations reflects in quantitative term, how to allocate financial and other resources to each organizational subunit, based on its planned activity objective. Budgeting activity to organizational unit can reflect how well unit managers understand the organizational and provides an opportunity for the organization’s top planners to correct misperceptions about the organization’s goal. Budgeting also aims at coordinating the organization’s many activities. For example, budget show the effect of sales level or volume on purchasing, production, administrative activities etc.
In reality, budgeting is the most widely used accounting tool for planning and controlling the activities of organizations. Budgeting system helps managers to forecast. By looking into the future and planning managers are able to anticipate and correct potential problems before they arise. Managers can then focus on exploiting opportunities instead of fighting fires as one observer said ‘‘few businesses plan to fail, but many of those that flop fail to plan’’ (Horngren, et al, 2002; 178).
The research is deeply concerned with the extent to which management of Brewery companies seize the advantages associated with budgeting process. The researcher is interested in finding out if managers of Brewery companies effectively and efficiently design and implement realistic budgets. Do they use budgets as a potent tool for resource allocation and control?
The choice of Catholic Church as a case study for this research work is informed by the industry’s relatively long-life span of production. Secondly, the relative low level of production at the industry has also prompted the researcher to investigate its budgetary system.
1.2STATEMENT OF RESEARCH PROBLEM
Budgeting and budgetary control is one of the essential functions of every organization (business, Nonprofit or governmental). Survival and growth of any corporate organization depends on effective budgetary control measures. This implies that if budgets are effectively designed and implemented, an organization can achieve massive results.
On the other hand, in Nigeria today, there are incidences of corporate failure in most organizations. It appears managers are not taking advantage of the budgetary process to the success of the organizations.
The behavioral or human aspect of budgeting is equally worrisome; how do people’s attitudes affect the budgets, and in turn, how do budget affect people’s behaviour? The questions intrigued social scientist to engage in extensive study about the human factors involved in budgeting.
Moreover, the research is aimed at knowing if budgeting and budgetary control is playing a significant role in controlling measure in the organization, to investigate the problems associated with the designing and implementation of budgets in organization, to find out whether poor performance and low productivity and development in some of the NPO is attributed to poor implementation and finally, to investigate the human aspect of budgeting.
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