Onboarding kickoff

Onboarding for new members kicks off with an intensive (but fun!) work session at ArtsPool’s offices. The session is generally scheduled for 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM but the schedule can vary depending on your organization's need and the complexity of the onboarding process.

Who should attend

During the session, we'll work with you to map your chart of accounts and budgets into ArtsPool's format, get you set up in certain of our systems, gather some additional information, and explain next steps. Anyone on your staff who makes decisions over your company’s financial operations should attend the kickoff.

What to prepare

In advance, please spend some time thinking about how you would like to categorize your programs and activities in your books and budgets. Also, please review your employee roster in your payroll system to confirm it is up to date. Finally, please prepare the following to bring with you to the kickoff. You can bring the items on a USB thumb drive or by uploading to your onboarding folder on Google Drive (see the email you received prior to the kickoff meeting for a link to this folder).

Passwords

During the onboarding kickoff, we will enter passwords for key systems into our password management system. The easiest way to do this is to download this template as a CSV file, fill it out in a program such as Excel/Numbers/Open Office, and bring it to us on a USB flash drive or on your computer. Sharing passwords via email is not secure, so we ask that you bring this file physically to the kickoff session.

  • Payroll system
  • Retirement plan administrator site (if applicable)
  • FSA administrator site (if applicable)
  • Bank accounts
  • Online insurance services
  • Credit cards
  • Investment accounts
  • Payment processor and e-commerce systems (e.g. PayPal, Square, Stripe, WePay, WooCommerce, etc.)
  • Recurring vendors paid through online billing
  • NYS Dept. of Tax & Finance
  • IRS EFTPS
  • NYC.ID (used for Department of Cultural Affairs, HHS Accelerator, NYC PASSPort, etc.)
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Arts/SAM.gov
  • Donor management database (if any)
  • Program-specific databases (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Any other systems related to your organization's financial life that you think ArtsPool will need to access

General financial information

To convert your books and budget to ArtsPool’s system, we will need detailed financial information. Please come prepared with the following materials:

  • An updated copy of your books (unless your accounting system is online)
  • Bank statements and reconciliations for all active accounts from the beginning of your most recently completed fiscal year to the current month
  • Bank statements and reconciliations for any bank accounts CLOSED between the beginning of your most recently completed fiscal year to the current month
  • Two prior board approved budgets
  • Your most recently completed fiscal year budget vs. actuals
  • Your current fiscal year budget vs. actuals and any relevant worksheets or data related to this budget.
  • Your depreciation schedule (if applicable)
  • Your CHAR500 from your most recently completed fiscal year
  • If an audit/review has been completed since your initial info submission, your financial statements, tax filing and CHAR500 for that year
  • A specimen of your check stock (physical blank check which ArtsPool will scan/return same day)

Grant materials

To be ready for upcoming grant reporting and budget requirements, we will need support materials for current grants, and deadlines for upcoming grants. Please come prepared with the following materials:

  • All contracts, award letters, budgets, applications, and work papers for all awarded grants from the prior fiscal year
  • All contracts, award letters, budgets, applications, and work papers for all pending grants from the current fiscal year
  • A list of potential funders and deadlines for the current fiscal year
  • All information on scope revisions for active grants for which a final report has not been submitted

Workforce materials

To convert your payroll to ArtsPool’s system and prepare to support your workforce administration, we need certain information and authorization. The easiest way to gather personnel information is to enter it directly in the Payroll Conversion Template located in your onboarding folder so that sensitive data is not shared outside of ArtsPool and the member staff. Please come prepared with the following materials:

  • Complete the Employee Roster and Payroll Deduction tabs in the Payroll Conversion Template located in your onboarding folder before the kickoff meeting
  • Employee contracts, offer letters, or letters of agreement for current employees
  • Employee Handbook and/or Paid Time Off Policy and time off balances for current employees
  • Unemployment insurance rate notice from the NY State Department of Labor
  • Scans of W9s for all contractors paid in the current calendar year to date
  • Current insurance policies for Workers’ Comp, Disability/Paid Family Leave, and logins to the insurance portals
  • IRS 941 filings for the current calendar year through the most recently closed quarter
  • NYS-45 filings for the current calendar year through the most recently closed quarter
  • Employer copies of W2s for the most recently closed calendar year
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • NY State Employer Registration Number (ERN)
  • Plan document for your 401k plan or other retirement plan (if applicable)
  • Materials and logins for benefit plans, such as Commuter Benefits, FSA, or HSA
  • Outstanding unemployment insurance claims (if any)


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