Not-for-profit board members need to keep an eye on how well their organizations are meeting major goals and furthering their missions. One of the easiest, quickest ways for boards to do this is with a “dashboard” of key performance indicators. Just as an automobile dashboard gives drivers a quick glimpse of their car’s status, a […]
Not-for-profit organizations don’t receive only cash donations. Your support also likely comes in the form of gifts in kind and donated services. But even when such gifts are welcome, it can be challenging to determine how to recognize and assign value to them for financial reporting purposes. Recording gifts in kind Gifts in kind generally […]
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a Proposed Accounting Standards Update on “Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made.” The proposed update has two core objectives: 1. To assist organizations in evaluating whether a transaction is a contribution (nonreciprocal) or an exchange (reciprocal) transaction and 2. To assist […]
As we are approaching the last quarter of 2017 and many of our clients are preparing for their annual events, it is always good to keep in mind the IRS substantiation requirements for contributions. The IRS requires donors to have contemporaneous written acknowledgement from the non-profit organization for each charitable contribution that exceeds $250 in […]
Income from endowment funds may be able to help your not-for-profit meet operating expenses, ease cash-flow problems and supplement next year’s annual budget. But you need to pay attention to several factors, including investment performance, inflation, operational changes and — the only factor you can truly control — your nonprofit’s spending policy. Know your restrictions […]
The liquidity and availability disclose requirements in ASU 2016-14 will likely be the most challenging for nonprofit organizations to adopt because it asks for information that the nonprofit organization has not typically had to disclose. The required disclosures include: 1. Qualitative Information (description) – how the organization manages its liquid resources available to meet cash […]
The changes to the statement of cash flows in ASU 2016-14 are probably the easiest to implement. Organizations will continue to have the option to use the direct or indirect method of reporting cash flows from operating activities. However, the previous requirement to present an indirect reconciliation if the direct method is used has been […]
The third major change that is a part of ASU 2014-16 relates to expense reporting. The new standard will require all organizations to report expenses by both functional and natural classification in the same place on the financial statements. The standard provides a few options for the presentation: 1. Present a statement of functional expenses […]
The second major change in ASU 2016-14 relates to investment return. The new standard will standardize the reporting of investment return across all nonprofit entities. 1. All external and direct internal investment expenses will now be required to be netted against investment return on the statement of activities. 2. There will no longer be a […]
There is a major change on the horizon for nonprofit financial statements, are you ready? Last August, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) – Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. This is the first major change to the nonprofit financial statement model in over 20 years. It […]
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