Nonprofits

nonprofit accounting

Accounting for Program Services and the Activities that Support Them

Donors and funders want to know how your nonprofit uses its financial resources — maybe even more than ever during this difficult time. Rules issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) can help you break down spending. Here’s a review of the key rules affecting expense allocation. And the definitions are … According to…

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disaster relief payments

Help Staffers with Tax-Free Disaster Relief Payments

With the COVID-19 crisis pushing people across the country into financial hardship, it’s natural that some nonprofits want to extend a helping hand to staff members. The good news is that the federal tax code provides a way to make tax-free direct payments to your employees who’re in need with disaster relief. What qualifies Section…

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IRS regs on charitable contributions

How Will the IRS’s Regs on Donations for “Consideration” Affect You?

The IRS issued its final regulations on the tax treatment of transfers made to charitable entities in return for “consideration.” Among other things, the rules tackle a recent tax strategy for avoiding the limit on state and local tax deductions imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The regs also include an important…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Moves to the Nonprofit Forefront

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made an impact on a wide range of industries, including the nonprofit sector. Although some organizations might find this evolving technology daunting and cost-prohibitive, AI tools can help nonprofits of all sizes cut costs by streamlining operations. You might even be able to leverage AI to better achieve mission-critical objectives. Defining…

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gifts-in-kind

FASB Proceeds with Guidance on Gifts-in-Kind

Many nonprofits rely on contributions of nonfinancial assets, such as fixed assets (land, buildings, equipment), services, and materials and supplies, called gifts-in-kind. New rules from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) are intended to increase transparency around such donations. The FASB is finalizing a new standard on handling gifts-in-kind donations. It released a proposed Accounting…

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corporate gift matching programs

Corporate Matching Programs: Still Popular After All These Years

Corporate matching gift programs are an almost surefire way to make the most of charitably minded companies and their gift-giving employees. According to Giving in Numbers: 2019 Edition by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, nine out of 10 responding companies said they offered an employee matching gift program. The resulting donations accounted for nearly 11%…

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audit prep

Audit Prep: 6 Ways to Save Time and Money

Amidst an economic crisis, the idea of undergoing an external audit may not be appealing. But it’s a valuable tool for demonstrating your financial condition to stakeholders — perhaps more important than ever in the shadow of COVID-19. Here are some preparatory steps you can take to make the annual audit process less expensive and…

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gifts in kind

Gifts in Kind: New Reporting Requirements for Nonprofits

On September 17, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an accounting rule that will provide more detailed information about noncash contributions charities and other not-for-profit organizations receive known as “gifts in kind.” Here are the details. Need for change Gifts in kind can play an important role in ensuring a charity functions effectively. They may…

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nonprofit strategically cutting costs

Reduce Your Costs to Cope with COVID-19

Nonprofits of all kinds once again face a nationwide economic crisis, this time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges are daunting, but previous recessions may provide a road map for helping organizations navigate the far-reaching effects of the virus. The path forward starts with strategically cutting costs that contains expenses but allows you to…

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An External Audit Offers Many Benefits to Nonprofits

Your nonprofit organization may be required to hire an independent outside CPA to audit its books, depending on its annual gross receipts and other factors. Even when an external audit isn’t mandated, however, it’s often recommended. These audits can provide assurance to donors and other stakeholders that your organization is operating with integrity and within…

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