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Does Your Not-For-Profit Have an Effective Audit Committee?
Posted by Allan Klose on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 05:08 PM

Not-for-profit organizations should take a page from the public company playbook when it comes to their governance. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), makes it a requirement for public companies to have an audit committee that follows several key mandates for reporting annual financial statements. Regardless of size, all not-for-profit organizations can benefit from having an audit committee as well, that can help with governance strategies and, ultimately, provide the best chance to ensure the organization’s success.

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

5 Tips for Not-For-Profits in a Tight Labor Market
Posted by Jay Meschke on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 @ 04:25 PM

It’s a tough time for any organization looking to hire right now. The unemployment rate in July was at its lowest level since 1969, and all signs indicate that the trend will continue. Baby boomers will also continue to retire, leaving a massive void in the workforce.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, CFO, not-for-profit talent, Jay Meschke, competing for talent, retain talent, recruiting, not-for-profit recruitment

Should My Not-For-Profit Accept Cryptocurrency?
Posted by Brenda Piazza on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

By now you have probably heard of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency – the virtual money traded online using encrypted peer-to-peer software. But, until now, you may not have thought about how the technology could benefit your not-for-profit organization.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Brenda Piazza, Mark Winiarski, Blockchain

Increased Thresholds for Micro-Purchases and Small Purchases Effective Immediately
Posted by Michelle Sylvia Spriggs on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 06:01 PM

On June 20, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo on new thresholds for micro-purchases and small purchases under the Uniform Grant Guidance. The OMB memo dramatically increased these thresholds, which should simplify purchase processes for not-for-profit organizations receiving federal funds.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, Michelle Spriggs, nonprofit, OMB, Federal OMB Grant, Uniform Grant Guidance, micro-purchase

Attention Massachusetts Not-For-Profits: File Form 3ABC by 3/1
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Massachusetts-based eligible charitable organizations are permitted exemptions for certain personal and real property. Organizations should be preparing now to file the Massachusetts "Return of Property Held for Charitable Purposes" (State Tax Form 3ABC).

The mandatory form provides a full or partial tax property tax exemption for an organization’s real or personal property so long as the organization files it no later than March 1, 2018. It is due at the Assessor's Office in each city or town in which your organization owns personal and/or real property on January 1 in order to receive a local tax exemption on that property for the fiscal year that begins the next July 1.

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Topics: Massachusetts, non-for-profit, Form 3ABC, nonprofit

Operating Reserves and the Not-For-Profit Organization’s Budget
Posted by David Brown on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 04:55 PM

Organizations evolve. Operating environments change, and not-for-profit organizations can expect to feel a financial impact from the new tax legislation. Looking at your budget and operating reserves now can help your organization be prepared for what comes next. There are plenty of factors that weigh in on your bottom line, but the need for adequate operating reserves is a significant factor in maintaining financial stability.

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Topics: David Brown, not-for-profit, nonprofit, cash reserves, operating environment, tax legislation

7 Lessons Not-For-Profits Learned From Early Adopting the New Financial Statement Standard
Posted by Michelle Spriggs on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Not-for-profit organizations have a year to work on their new financial statement presentation requirements. Changes released in August 2016 affect the financial statement presentation of net asset classification, governing board designation, investment return, underwater endowment funds, capital gifts, expenses, liquidity and operating cash flows. Organizations will need to have the changes ready to go for their 2018 calendar year-end filings (Dec. 31, 2018 or 2019 fiscal year end filings, e.g. June 30, 2019).

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

6 Tips for Retaining a Not-For-Profit CFO
Posted by Jay Meschke on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 04:58 PM

Not-for-profit chief financial officers (CFOs) fill many roles, and may be involved in decisions ranging from accounting to real estate and administration. The smaller the organization, the more likely it is that your CFO covers a wide range of responsibilities. He or she could be providing oversight over finance teams while also creating a high level strategy for financial and investment decisions.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, CFO, not-for-profit talent, retention, Jay Meschke

Proposed ASU Aims to Clarify Revenue Recognition for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Michelle Spriggs on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently issued a proposed accounting standards update, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made.  This proposed update is designed to clarify revenue recognition related to grants and contracts and contributions. Released in early August, the proposed changes would help not-for-profits evaluate whether grants and contracts meet the definition of nonreciprocal transactions, or contributions.  If transactions meet this definition, they would be excluded from ASU 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers, referred to as the new revenue recognition standard, and therefore require following of the contribution guidance. Alternatively, if a transaction meets the definition of a reciprocal transaction, or an exchange transaction similar to a contract with a customer, then the new revenue recognition standard would apply.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, Michelle Spriggs, Revenue recognition, Revenue Recognition Standard, revenue recognition for nonprofits, nonprofit

Substantiate, Substantiate, and Substantiate: A Friendly Reminder for Not-For-Profit Organizations and their Donors
Posted by Amy O’Loughlin on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 06:06 PM

Donations to not-for-profit organizations are normally a win-win for organizations and their donors. Organizations receive gifts to help support their mission, and the donor receives a tax write-off. But not-for-profit organizations and donors must ensure they are in compliance with IRS substantiation requirements. The IRS requires that in order for a donor to take a deduction greater than $250, he or she must have a contemporaneous written acknowledgment (CWA) of the donation from the not-for-profit organization. CWAs must include the name of the organization, the value of the donation (if cash), a description of the donation (if non-cash), whether goods or services were provided in exchange for donation, and, if services were provided, a good faith estimate of the value of those services. If the value of the gift exceeds $5,000, in most cases, a qualified appraisal must be obtained in addition to the CWA.

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Topics: Amy O’Loughlin, Not-for-Profits, Donations, In-Kind Donations, charitable donations, nonprofit

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