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2017
Jul 25

Functional Expense Reporting under the New ASU 2016-14 Presentation of Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities

In an effort to provide more useful information to donors, grantors, creditors and other users of the financial statements, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released ASU 2016-14 Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not for Profit Entities on August 18, 2016.

2017
Jun 29

A Proactive Approach to Not-For-Profit Board Member Management

A characteristic of a strong not-for-profit organization is an active board of directors that can support the organization in many ways—financially, with their time, and with the skills the members possess, both personally and professionally. Attracting the right people to your not-for-profit board can be challenging. You obviously want people who are enthusiastic about your mission and who are willing to give their time. This article explores a few best practices that not-for-profit board members can implement to successfully manage their board of directors.

2017
Jun 05

The New Revenue Recognition Standard: How Does It Affect My Not-for-Profit?

When the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) new revenue recognition standard was released in 2014, many organizations and businesses were unsure on how it would affect them. In particular, not-for-profit organizations were unclear on the potential impact. However, the new standard applies only to revenue from “exchange transactions,” also known as reciprocal transactions. Many not-for-profit organizations receive contributions, which are non-reciprocal, and therefore, different rules apply. This article explains when you should report grant and contribution revenues under ASU 2014-09. A Sidebar reports on future FASB guidance that will clarify how and when to recognize grant and contribution revenue when receiving government funds.

2017
May 26

Reframing: How Not-For-Profit Leaders Can Keep Learning on the Job

Whether an executive on staff or a member of the board, new to the organization or a long-time veteran, a not-for-profit organization’s leader sometimes faces tough challenges that a formal development class will not address. However, according to the not-for-profit organization Community Resource Exchange (CRE), learning on the job can be a rich source of leadership and management development. This article describes two self-coaching opportunities, advocated by the CRE, that lean on resources one can find in one’s self, within the workplace and among networks.

2017
May 05

Fraud and the Not-for-Profit Organization: How to Counter Your Vulnerabilities

Every organization, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, is at risk of falling victim to costly acts of fraud. Not-for-profit organizations, however, have some common characteristics that can make them particularly susceptible to fraud. This article discusses organizational weak spots and advises on ways to combat risks by implementing some simple controls. A Sidebar discusses the “fraud triangle” of conditions that can lead to fraud.

2017
Apr 21

Eight Tips for Writing, or Revising, a Whistleblower Policy

Whistleblower policies encourage staff, volunteers and others to discreetly provide credible information on concerns of illegal practices or violations of organizational policies. They protect individuals who risk their careers to report illegal or unethical practices. This article offers eight suggestions for writing or refining an organization’s whistleblower policy.

2017
Feb 28

Is Your Not-For-Profit Organization Ready for Endowments?

With baby boomers (the largest and wealthiest generation in U.S. history) expected to transfer trillions of dollars of assets in the next few decades, this could be the right time to launch an endowment. This article explains the two main types of endowments, describes the pros and cons and addresses managing assets and spending restrictions. “Quasi” endowments also are discussed.

2017
Jan 16

How Transparent is Your Not-For-Profit Organization?

In today’s society everybody wants to know where exactly their money is going. It is not enough anymore to simply solicit donations to “help your cause.” More and more donors want to see the end result of their donation, and this could also be a factor as to whether they donate to your organization again or not. This blog focuses on how you can make the use of your fundraising dollars more transparent to donors.

2016
Dec 29

Eight Tips for Creating Your Own Survey

An organization that wants to survey its members, donors or other constituents for feedback on a program or project, but has not created a survey before, should not fret. It just needs to keep in mind certain rules and the rest will follow. This article contains eight tips for writing an effective survey.

2016
Dec 19

Donations: Evaluating what Works

The recession has been over for many years and the nation’s unemployment rate has returned to below 5%. So, can not-for-profit organizations expect to see the donation flood gates open back up? For some organizations, this may be the case. However, this may not be the case for all. Many variables factor into why donations may be up or down. This article stresses the point that there is never a bad time for organizations to review their struggles or successes with donations, as well determine ways to improve.

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