Resources for Fraud Protection

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Nettie Reynolds

November 15, 2021

    As part of International Fraud Awareness Week, we wanted to post some good year-round resources for schools on fraud and fraud prevention.  

    Our team at Ravenna knows how important it is to keep your parent, student, and financial information secure. Our solution uses encryptions for all proprietary data and we also offer a background checks service as part of our technology platform.  

    As part of your private school’s own fraud protection, here are some key things schools can do to help reduce fraud within their system.  

    • Provide anti-fraud training for all employees and offer fraud training for your board members as well. Use internal controls at your school in the financial department including segregation of duties and in managing school fundraising money.  
    • Conduct a twice-yearly review of all your grants and donor funding and reconcile disbursements of those funds. Review all your fixed assets and track them for depreciation and ensure that all those assets are accounted for. These assets might include laptops, SMART boards, biology lab microscopes, and other valuable school assets.  
    • Make sure you have an internal control process for all cash received at fundraisers, school events, and school sales.  

    Finally, have a process for your staff, parents, and students to provide anonymous tips if they suspect fraud might have occurred. Having more than one way that fraud can be reported is valuable as well, including email tips, phone tips, or a place on your school’s portal to submit tips.  

    5 key resources for fraud prevention:  

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