Ethical Fundraising Practices

Recently, I overheard two individuals discussing ethical fundraising practices for their small nonprofit organization over lunch. As an auditor specializing in non-profit, you can imagine how quickly this caught my attention. I was grateful for the noise of the restaurant and the influx of customers as I scooted my chair a little bit closer to …

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Defining Independence

Prior to becoming a CPA, when I heard “independence” I would think of Toby Keith songs, fireworks, and the American flag. Now that I’m an auditor, independence is not only a celebration on July 4th but also an assessment we must make on every attest engagement we perform. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) accurately …

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A Look at Financial Accountability for Student Activities in Arizona Schools

Student activities for Arizona School Districts have many requirements, that by law, each school should be aware of before processing student activity transactions. It is important that school districts understand what constitutes a student activity, such as a club, organization, school play, or other student entertainment raised through the efforts of students at the District …

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Donated Services

Volunteer time (or donated services) is only recorded as revenue and expense in the financial statements if the services create or add value to a non-financial asset (such as construction services provided to a building) or if the services meet all of the following three criteria: The services require specialized skills The services are provided …

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How to Create a Complex Password and Memorize It

We all hate it. A message pops up on your computer stating that it’s time to change your password. As you try to come up with a unique password for what feels like the tenth time this year, you think to yourself, “how am I supposed to remember all these password changes and what good …

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Let’s Get Political

Whether you’re affiliated with a party or vote as an independent, you’ve probably considered “unfriending” or “unfollowing” some of your more politically opinionated friends on social media due to the relentless long-winded paragraphs and meme posts about Trump’s hair or Sander’s age. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can either get off social media …

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Arizona Gives Day

It’s that time of year again, and this might be the first time your accountant is not referring to tax season. We are talking about Arizona Gives Day, the annual one-day online giving campaign to Arizona not-for-profits hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers. Since 2013, this program has raised over $4,556,359. …

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Applying Useful Lives to Fixed Assets

Selecting useful lives to depreciate fixed assets over can be a difficult task. It is hard to predict how long an asset will last or how long it will be before it becomes obsolete. The answer to this question first depends on the type of asset. A computer, for example, can become obsolete well before …

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The Basics of the Statement of Cash Flows

In our last blog posting, we covered certain non-recurring items that the Emerging Issues Task Force is looking at related to Statement of Cash Flows presentation. Let’s step it back a bit and go over the basics of the Statement of Cash Flows. Who – Financial statement preparers. What – The Statement of Cash Flows …

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Q&A: Advertising

What is advertising? As defined, advertising is the promotion of an industry, entity, brand name, product or service through the use of media. Its purpose is to create a positive image for the company and to encourage individuals to use the company’s products or services. Advertising, however, is not fundraising. When do I report the …

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