$15B in COVID-19 relief grants for arts and cultural organizations will soon be available

The new COVID-19 Relief Act has set aside $15 billion to be given out as “grants for shuttered venue operators”. This includes many types of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations such as performing arts organizations, theatrical producers, certain types of “relevant” museums and others. “Relevant” museums generally include arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s museums, …

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What to remember about recording contributions

There are a lot of different aspects to remember about recording contributions. Here is a bullet pointed refresher for you to refer to: Don’t miss: Electronically filing your forms 1023 and 1023EZ Contributions can be restricted for a certain purpose (e.g. to purchase computers) or restricted to a specific time period (e.g., a multi-year promise …

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Update on nonprofit accounting for a PPP loan

On May 29, I wrote an article on this topic, which was before official guidance had come out from the FASB. You may think the accounting for PPP funding would be straight forward, but unfortunately, it is not. Here are some questions a nonprofit organization should be asking. What options does a nonprofit organization have …

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When to recognize donated services and how much should you recognize

When most people think of in-kind donations their first thought might be to think of tangible goods. Tangible goods can be things such as vehicles, clothing, books and so on. With a physical transfer of assets, knowing when to recognize the contribution is simple. But what is not quite so simple is recording the other …

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How should a nonprofit record their PPP loan?

We need to start out with a disclaimer here. Currently, there is no authoritative guidance on how to account for PPP loans. If you google this topic, you’ll find that there is diversity in thought and approaches. However, there is some unofficial guidance from the Center for Plain English Accounting (CPEA), which is the AICPA’s …

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Qualifying to receive tax credit donations in Arizona

Not too long ago, I attended a presentation on Arizona tax credits for donations to qualifying charitable organization, sponsored by Child Crisis Arizona. I had the pleasure of not only attending the event with Donna, an amazing tax partner here at Henry+Horne, but also of listening to an excellent portion of the presentation done by …

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Distinguishing direct donor benefits from fundraising expenses

Many not-for-profit organizations hold special fundraising events with the intent to raise contributions to support their mission, such as galas, balls, dinners, theater parties and auctions. Donor participants purchase tickets to attend the event in exchange for goods or services provided as a benefit to the participant. The direct benefits to the donor participant are …

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Nonprofit accounting: what’s the definition of a collection?

What is a “collection” in accounting terms? The FASB recognized that there were some conflicting definitions out there and issued a new ASU to get it straightened out. The new definition of collection is: Works of art, historical treasures or similar assets that meet all of the following criteria: (a) they are held for public …

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Net asset classifications: change is here!

Let’s face it, not many people like change – especially when it comes to their daily routines and their jobs. Change can cause confusion and frustration. I want to take a little time to discuss one of the changes that has affected nonprofit organizations recently. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update …

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