Your Personal Navigation System Through Not-for-Profit Accounting Issues

Exchange transaction or contribution?

When your organization receives a grant, determining if it is a contribution or an exchange transaction can be very difficult. Even after reading the rules, it may still require some judgement. Deciding between the two will determine how the grant will be recorded and when the revenue will be recognized. If the wrong one is …

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Henry+Horne volunteers at Desert Mission Food Bank

On August 5, Henry+Horne had a team of volunteers go to the Desert Mission Food Bank to help make hygiene packs, meat packs, bread packs and sort other food items for distribution to the community. The group was able to make a huge difference by sorting approximately 3,000 pounds of donated items into distributable packs. These …

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Is your nonprofit ready for a rainy day?

As stated by Alan Lakein, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” As the government continues to threaten spending cuts, it becomes increasingly important to have the discussion of whether or not your nonprofit has sufficient operating reserves and liquidity. Operating reserve and liquidity First, let’s discuss what an operating reserve is and how it …

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ACFE 2016 Report to the Nations on fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) releases a report biannually on fraud in the workplace. The Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse was most recently released in 2016. The report provides statistical information on occupational fraud, with the goal of raising the level of awareness of fraud risk. The 2016 edition …

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2017 annual Giving USA Report released

The Giving USA Foundation (a public service initiative of The Giving Institute) has released their 2017 annual Giving USA Report on Philanthropy in collaboration with The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Using data from calendar year 2016, the Giving USA report compiles and analyzes data on charitable giving in the U.S in order …

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Nixing the stereotype. Accountants are creative too!

On Saturday, July 15th, twenty-nine of our team members volunteered to craft “Chemo Covers” to benefit Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s. Chemo covers are used to cover the toxic warning labels found on chemo bags in order to help reduce children’s anxiety of receiving treatment. Chemo covers are typically decorated with a funny face, felt stickers …

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Have you completed an internal risk assessment?

If an auditor were to ask you, “What is your opinion of your internal controls,” how confident would you be in your answer? Do you really know how strong your internal controls are for your organization? The best way to find out for yourself is to perform an internal risk assessment on your controls. This …

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Reminder: changes to fair value measurement disclosures

As you may recall, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2015-07, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosures for Investments in Certain Entities That Calculate Net Asset Value per Share (or Its Equivalent) in May 2015. This ASU was issued as a continuation of the FASB’s ongoing initiative to simplify and improve accounting standards. This …

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Henry+Horne volunteers at Ryan House

On Saturday June 24, six other Henry+Horne team members and I had the privilege of volunteering at a local organization, Ryan House. If you have never heard of Ryan House, please take the time to read this and go to their website, because it truly is an amazing organization. Ryan House partners with families to …

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Did you remember the changes to debt issuance costs?

In April 2015, as a part of the FASB’s initiative to simplify and improve accounting standards, the FASB issued ASU 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs. Why should we care about an Accounting Standards Update issued two years ago? Because for privately held companies and not-for-profit organizations, ASU 2015-03 is effective for financial …

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