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Functional expense allocation: what to include

As many of you may know, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new standard ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements. One effect this standard has is that it creates consistency on how expenses are presented in the financial statements for all nonprofit organizations. Functional expenses can be disclosed in three different ways: 1. …

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Treasures 4 Teachers back to school drive

Just last week a colleague and I had the privilege of organizing and dropping off all our back to school drive items to a great organization. Henry+Horne does a back to school drive each year in July and we typically pick a different organization to support. This year we were able to hold a drive …

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New revenue recognition standard: nonprofit impact

As a nonprofit organization, have you given any thought to how the new revenue recognition standard will impact your nonprofit? Hopefully you have. This new standard is applicable for periods beginning after December 15, 2018, which means the deadline is fast approaching to make sure your organization is ready. Who’s impacted? How do you know …

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Understanding COSO: developing strong internal controls

It is important to note that there is NO way to fully prevent fraud. Collusion between employees will always be a risk in your organization but a strong internal control system will help minimize the damage and limit fraudulent opportunities. Understanding why employees commit fraud is vital in creating a successful prevention strategy. The fraud …

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Donor retention, how good is yours?

Turning first-time donors into long-term donors is always the goal but not often the reality. Gaining new donors is expensive and time consuming and often an organization will lose on the amount of time and money put into gaining that donor if they give only once. If you feel your organization has a difficult time …

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Benefits of spending time on the SOFE

When addressing your SOFE (Statement of Functional Expenses) for the upcoming audit, it is important to remember that the SOFE must be broken out into its three functional categories. Those are program services, management and general (M&G) and fundraising. Now, your nonprofit may have a standing template for which you fill out the SOFE and …

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Conflict of interest policy – why you should have one

A written conflict of interest policy should be put into place to ensure that voting board members are not influenced to act in any way other than in the best interests of the organization. Nonprofits can be closely monitored by the public to see if any transactions the organization enters into directly benefit a member …

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Six Sigma, work smarter, not harder

Pop quiz! What is the most important resource to a nonprofit organization? Answer: People! You thought I was going to say the contributions, didn’t you? While that might be what supports the mission of the organization, where would the organization be without the development department raising those contributions, the finance team making sure your tight …

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Should you consolidate your nonprofit organization?

Nonprofit organizations sometimes have relationships with other entities that are affiliated in some way. How do you know when you should consolidate two or more nonprofit organizations? Under accounting standards, there are two elements that are required to be present to consolidate: Control. Organization A must clearly have control over Organization B. To have control, …

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FinCen Form 114: Does your organization need to file?

Is your nonprofit involved in activities in foreign countries? This includes operating an orphanage, conferences, mission work or any other type of program activity. If so, your organization may find it necessary to open a bank account in that country. Once you decide to do that, Form 114 may be required for you to file …

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