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Make Your Audit Committee Meaningful Again
Posted by Rich Howard on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Economics 101 teaches us that time can be quantified in dollars and cents, and that if you want to measure the value of your time—i.e., your opportunity cost—start by looking at your hourly wage. Applying the opportunity cost idea to audit committees can make an audit committee seem like a hugely expensive venture.

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Topics: not-for-profit, Audit Committee, NFP, nonprofit, not-for-profit board of directors

Recent Developments in UBTI for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Lisa Burke on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 05:46 PM

Not-for-profit organizations have a long-standing debate with regulators about whether revenue generated by certain organizational activities should be taxable. In the 1940s and the 1950s, the IRS noticed that more and more not-for-profits were reporting non-charitable business income alongside their charitable revenues. These organizations were applying their tax exemption to revenues that would otherwise be taxable as corporate business income. There were growing concerns that this created a competitive disadvantage for their for-profit counterparts that were required to pay tax on identical revenue streams.

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Topics: tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, UBTI, unrelated business taxable income, NFP, nonprofit, UBIT, Lisa Burke

3 Reasons Not-For-Profits Should Make ERM a Higher Priority This Year
Posted by Bart Kimmel on Thu, May 2, 2019 @ 08:17 AM

Your not-for-profit organization’s internal and external stakeholders are growing more sophisticated. They want to know that your not-for-profit is managed responsibly, meets its mission and that it is both efficient and resilient to its risks. Board members, employees, donors—and even to an extent, the public and the media—want to see how well your organization is being run.

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Topics: enterprise risk management, not-for-profit, NFP, risk management, Not-For-Profit Risk Management, ERM

1 Year to Go Until the 403(b) Restatement Deadline
Posted by Brad Sieniawski on Wed, May 1, 2019 @ 06:03 PM

The one-year countdown to the mandatory 403(b) plan document restatement deadline is officially underway. All organizations that sponsor 403(b) retirement plans must restate their plan documents by March 31, 2020, using either the IRS’s pre-approved document or an individually designed plan document.

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Topics: retirement plans, Non-profits, NFP, 403(b) programs

Signs Your Not-For-Profit Needs an Executive Compensation Study
Posted by Hal Wallach on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 @ 07:53 AM

When it comes to what not-for-profit organizations should pay their top executives, the “instructions” are not always clear or obvious. The directive is that compensation should be “reasonable”, but reasonable may mean different things depending on who you ask. Your board could have an idea for a figure that is convenient for the budget, but would not attract the quality candidate that your organization needs to further its reach. On the other end of the spectrum, your compensation package may be outsized for the type of organization you operate, which risks drawing the ire of regulators and the community you serve.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, executive compensation, compensation risks, retain talent, Hal Wallach, not-for-profit salaries

Improve Your Accounting for Fundraising
Posted by Heather Hernandez on Fri, Mar 1, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

As not-for-profit organizations adopt the new financial statement presentation changes, they may want to take another look at their accounting for fundraising costs. Not-for-profits have some flexibility when it comes to allocating costs to fundraising efforts.

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Topics: not-for-profit, financial statements, fundraising, NFP, Heather Hernandez, program costs, accounting for fundraising, joint cost allocation

How to Prepare for a Successful Implementation of the New Not-For-Profit Reporting Standards
Posted by Michelle Sylvia Spriggs on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 @ 08:35 AM

Now is the time for not-for-profit organizations to begin implementing the new changes to their financial statements. Changes issued under the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities is effective for calendar year-end entities in 2018, and fiscal year-end entities in 2019.

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Topics: not-for-profit, Michelle Spriggs, NFP, nonprofit, Not-for-profit financial statement, Financial Statement

IRS Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Diane Caron on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

Recently, the IRS made several changes to the rules related to hardship withdrawals for not-for-profit organizations. The changes may be adopted by plan sponsors as early as Jan. 1, 2019 or, if later, the first day of the plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2018.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, 403(b), NFP, nonprofit, hardship withdrawals

Measuring the Impact of Revenue Recognition on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Posted by Holly Perez on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Not-for-profit organizations face a big question going into their next fiscal period: how will the revenue recognition standard affect the not-for-profit sector? The answer is: it depends.

If your organization uses a basis of accounting other than the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), such as a cash basis of accounting, then the changes to revenue recognition under ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers will not impact your organization. Organizations that follow U.S. GAAP will have some evaluating to do, particularly if your entity receives a high volume of contributions, is a membership organization, or provides goods or services (such as by operating a gift shop). 

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, NFP, Revenue recognition, ASC Topic 606, Holly Perez

4 Things Not-For-Profits Can Do in 2018 to Make Adopting the Leasing Standard Easier
Posted by Heather Winiarski on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 02:19 PM

The effective date for the new leasing standard under ASC Topic 842 will be here before you know it. Not-for-profit organizations that issue or are conduit bond holders for securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or over-the-counter market begin adoption for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018 (and interim periods within those fiscal years), and all other organizations must adopt the standard for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019 (Jun. 30, 2021 financial statements).

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Topics: GAAP, tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, NFP, nonprofit, Lease Standards, Leasing, asc topic 842

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