Net Asset Presentation on Not-for-Profit Entity Financial Statements

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By Ugochi Oguh, CPA Prior to the adoption of ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, not-for-profit entities (NFPs) were required to segregate net asset disclosures between temporarily restricted, permanently restricted and unrestricted.  To reduce confusion and enhance transparency, ASU 2016-14 reduces the number of classes of net assets from the above three to two – net assets without donor restrictions and net assets with donor restrictions.  A NFP m... read more.

The Importance of Setting A Budget for Your NonProfit Organization

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By Diana Miller, CPAThe Importance of Annual Budgets for Nonprofit Organizations Sometimes the importance of writing and maintaining realistic annual budgets is not always understood -but it’s imperative for a number of reasons. For one thing, the document might find more interested readers than you suspect.   Who Cares? Let’s start with your co-workers. Staffers need to know when funds will be available, or whether belt-tightening might soon begin (or continue). Your budget will al... read more.

Do You Have an Accounting Policies & Procedures Manual for Your Nonprofit?

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By Diana Miller Written documentation of your organization’s policies and procedures regarding accounting practices always makes sense, regardless of your line of business. But it’s particularly critical when yours is a not-for-profit organization. While the production of such a document can be highly detailed and time-consuming, it’s worth it. And it’s a job you’ll likely only do once -- or perhaps just tweak periodically as laws or conditions change. Let’s take a bri... read more.

FASB Issues Update for Nonprofit Organizations

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By Vanessa Munoz In an effort to improve financial reporting for nonprofits, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is implementing various changes.  Among these changes are how expenses are being reported.  Current Guidance When it comes to financial reporting, many nonprofit organizations are only required to provide expenses by their nature (i.e. salaries, travel, rent, etc.). However, voluntary health and welfare organizations are also required to present a statement of functional... read more.

Nonprofit Accounting - Don't Get Tripped Up by Form 990 Requirements

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By Linda Curro What’s in the price of a ticket?  For nonprofit organizations that hold fundraising events and for the people who attend them, the answer is more complicated than it might appear. It’s important to get special event reporting correct because Form 990 has specific lines on the Revenue Statement to report fundraising events. The ticket price of every event carries two components within it – the donation amount and the entertainment benefit. Whether it’s a dinner,... read more.

Employment Tax Filings for Nonprofits: How to Ensure Compliance with IRS Rules

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By Linda Curro Nonprofit organizations frequently form organically, in response to a need in the community. The people who establish and run them are usually concerned citizens and activists, passionate about the cause, but often less knowledgeable about the operational and financial aspects of running a nonprofit organization. However, it is critical for nonprofit leaders to understand business and finance, particularly when it comes to employment tax compliance. Failure to properly declare and file tax... read more.

Preparing for Change: New Rules to Impact NJ Renewal Registration for Nonprofits

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By Linda Curro Effective Jan. 1, 2017, New Jersey will require that all charity registrations and annual renewals be submitted digitally, using a new online filing system. In many ways, this is good news: A process that once required up to 75 pages of documents to be sent via snail mail will now go paperless, saving tons of waste. The new system also promises to streamline renewal reviews, enabling the state to more efficiently verify that the forms are completed and accurate. And in switching to online fi... read more.

New Guidance for Nonprofits: Be Aware of FASB's Changes in Nonprofit Reporting

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By Diana Miller Following several years of examination and modification, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released its long-awaited update this month on nonprofit financial reporting. The revision is expected to transform the way nonprofit organizations categorize net assets and construct financial statements. To prepare, nonprofit organizations should familiarize themselves with the following developments: Phase 1 (effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017) - Improvemen... read more.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Board Experience

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By Diana Miller  Being asked to join the board of a nonprofit, whether it’s with a prestigious organization or one that’s relatively unknown, is an honor. Joining gives you the opportunity to do good for the arts, the underprivileged, the advancement of medicine or another worthy cause. And let’s be honest: It looks good on your resume, and the boardroom can be a great place to network. Saying yes to a board appointment is a no-brainer, right? While board membership is a great oppo... read more.

Are you Ready if the Not-for-Profit Financial Statement Standards Change?

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By Diana Miller  Changes are finally coming in the content and presentation of financial statements for not-for-profit entities for the first time in almost 20 years. Although nothing has yet been finalized, these fairly significant proposed changes could affect classification requirements, liquidity, financial performance and cash flow, according to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the regulatory body that oversees these standards.  The package of proposed Accounting Standards U... read more.

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