Directors and Officers (D&O) coverage plays a vital role in an organization’s risk mitigation strategy, but for some not-for-profits, the insurance coverage may go under the radar. Executive leaders and board members should understand the basics of D&O coverage so they can carry out your fiduciary duties, as well as protect personal and organizational assets. The following provides a primer for what a not-for-profit’s C suite and board should know.
Chief financial officers (CFOs), boards, and donors all want to see their not-for-profit organizations manage their financial resources well. They want as many dollars as possible put toward the programs and activities that further the organization’s mission. In other words, they want overhead and operating costs to be lower than program-related expenses. The question not-for-profits must ask is: are they setting the bar for overhead expenses too low?
The landscape has shifted for charitable giving. As individuals feel the effect of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 on their personal tax situation, charities making requests for donations will need to respond in kind. Development departments are having to adjust their “ask” to meet the challenges brought on by the reduced tax incentive to make charitable gifts. Donors often respond with their hearts and minds when giving to their favorite causes, but financial reality will play an important role when deciding where to spend their limited charitable dollars.
After the first full year under the new tax reform law, one thing is clear: Several tax reform provisions may make tax reporting more difficult for not-for-profit organizations.
The tax law commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed into law quickly, leaving ambiguities about how some of its provisions would be implemented. Not-for-profits received some more clarity at the end of 2018 around how to apply some of the TCJA’s changes, but little in the way of relief. Most organizations should still expect to spend more time with certain segments of tax-related reporting, including quantifying and segmenting their sources of unrelated business income (UBI) and evaluating their qualified transportation fringe benefits.
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).
On June 21, 2018 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions received and Contributions Made, which provides accounting guidance around contributions of cash and other assets received and made by not-for-profit organizations and business enterprises.
As not-for-profit organizations prepare to adopt the new financial reporting requirements of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities (ASU 2016-14), Board members should take an active role in overseeing the implementation of this standard since one of the key fiduciary responsibilities of those charged with governance is to oversee the financial reporting process. ASU 2016-14 is designed to provide more transparency into the financial reporting process of an organization and does so by addressing updates to several areas, including net asset classifications, investment reporting, expenses and the presentation of statement of cash flows information.
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