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Nonprofits: The New Fiscal Reporting Requirements for Year End 2018

Posted by Cary Giacalone on Thu, Jan 24, 2019

The Financial Accounting Standards Board is in the business of rulemaking, and there’s a new one nonprofits need to be aware of.

Back in 2016, FASB issued new guidance required for all nonprofit organizations with fiscal years ending after December 15, 2018. While the majority of the changes are purely cosmetic, understanding each will make your year-end financial reporting much easier.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Consolidation: The Pros and Cons and How to Do It

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 27, 2018

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes nonprofit organizations merge or are incorporated into one another.

For example, your nonprofit may be contemplating an acquisition of a smaller organization or perhaps you may be merged into a larger organization. In either event, this represents a significant change for managers both personally and professionally.

What causes nonprofit organizations to join forces? After all, groups generally start off with a distinct mandate and a commitment from its supporters. Of course, the reasons vary according to actual circumstances, but most mergers and acquisitions in the nonprofit world can be traced to one of these two reasons:

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits & Debt: What to Weigh Before Borrowing Money

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Debt is an integral part of the strategic plans of many organizations, yet it has traditionally carried a stigma in the nonprofit industry. That view is changing, as more organizations borrow money for major capital purchases, new program funding — even to manage current cash flow.

But if you're hoping to borrow funds, know that not all nonprofits qualify. And even if you're able to find a lender, it takes prudent financial management and reliable donor support to pay back a loan.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Cash Management: Steps to Take Beyond the Annual Budget

Posted by Cary Giacalone on Tue, Oct 9, 2018

Managing limited resources and dodging between various compliance issues, nonprofit organizations are at greater disadvantage than their for-profit counterparts.

One way they can take on this challenge is with the proper monitoring of cash flow. Nonprofit entities use two reports to this end – the annual budget and a cash forecast.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

12 Ways to Take Your Nonprofit to the Next Level

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Aug 30, 2018

They say "No Pain, No Gain," and the expression applies to the life cycle of nonprofit organizations, as well as athletes who hit the gym, tennis court or golf course on weekends.

The point when the aches and growing pains of an organization begin are prompted less by age than by changes in leadership, size, budget or programming.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Financials: How to Best Explain Them to Your Board

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Accurate, relevant and timely financial information is key to making good decisions for nonprofit executives and board members. But do all of your board members really understand the numbers they receive and what they mean to your organization?

For example, let's say you're trying to determine how and when to initiate a new program? Do the numbers you provide convey the right information?

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits, Closely-Held Businesses Continue to be Employee Fraud Victims, Study Finds

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Would you leave the front door unlocked to your closely-held business or nonprofit organization? Of course not. That would give thieves easy access to your assets. Yet a surprising number of organizations don't have strong antifraud controls in place to protect against dishonest people inside their organizations. And theft from insiders — also referred to as "occupational fraud" — can be costly.

Fraud losses vary significantly, depending on the nature of the scam and how soon it's detected. Globally, the median loss is $130,000, according to the findings from the 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Here's a closer look at who was affected and how much was lost, as reported in the latest version of this biennial study.

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Topics: Fraud, Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits: The Do’s and Don’ts of Donor Receipts

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, May 10, 2018

Nonprofit executives should be careful with the language printed on the receipts you give in exchange for contributions. If you make a mistake, the results can be embarrassing for you and expensive for your donors.

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits: Six Benefits to Scrupulous Financial Records

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

In order to qualify as a tax-exempt entity, nonprofit organizations must comply with certain federal income tax laws. To prove compliance, you must maintain records. There is no required recordkeeping system. Your organization can choose any system that suits its activities and clearly shows your income and expenses.

It is prudent for not-for-profit organizations to keep scrupulous financial records for more than just tax purposes. Here are six basic reasons cited by the IRS in its Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations:

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits: How to Use Financial Statements to Impress Funders

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Attracting funding organizations and large individual contributors to donate money to your not-for-profit organization is a little like finding a spouse — you want to create the best impression during the courtship in the hope that the other person will find you to be a "good catch" and make a commitment.

The financial information on your nonprofit has the potential to create a great first impression.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

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Topics: Nonprofit Organizations

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