Bequest or promise to give?

Suppose you receive a letter from a donor that states she promises to give $1 million to your organization upon her death and the amount will be paid from her estate. Should this be recorded as a promise to give? The answer is most likely yes. But when a donor names your organization in a will …

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Deciding between a conditional or unconditional contribution

When a nonprofit organization receives a contribution, they must determine if the contribution is a conditional or unconditional contribution. Don’t miss: A walk through Form 990 Schedule D An unconditional contribution is when a donor contributes to a nonprofit with no conditions or barriers for receiving the contribution. If the contribution is unconditional and also …

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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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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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IRS releases 2017 retirement plan limits

On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced the cost-of-living adjustments (“COLA”) for the 2017 tax year. These COLA rates are used to adjust over 40 tax provisions from the standard deduction and personal exemption to retirement plan limits. Based on changes in the consumer price index, used by the IRS to determine …

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Everything You Need to Know: Gifts In-Kind

Nonprofit organizations collect many different types of support from donors, which are not always cash gifts. When an organization receives gifts of goods or services, it may lead to questions. How and when do gifts in-kind get recorded? What are gifts in-kind? Gifts in-kind are donations of tangible and intangible individual property and contributions of …

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What Your Schedule A Says About You

Does your organization check all the right boxes? For Schedule A, that is. Schedule A is a crucial piece of the 990 for nonprofits as it calculates whether they truly qualify as a publicly supported organization or not. Generally, to be considered a publicly supported organization, the nonprofit must have support of at least 33 …

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Heads Up on Form 1099-MISC

Please note the new filing date for Form 1099-MISC, per the IRS: Public Law 114-113, Division Q, Section 201, requires Form 1099-MISC to be filed on or before January 31, 2017 (compared to February 28th in the prior year), when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in Box 7. Otherwise, file by February 28, 2017, …

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2016 Annual Giving USA Report Released

The Giving USA Foundation (a public service initiative of The Giving Institute) has released their 2016 annual Giving USA Report on Philanthropy in collaboration with The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Using data from calendar year 2015, the Giving USA report compiles and analyzes data on charitable giving in the U.S in order …

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Charity Navigator Launches CN 2.1

On June 1, Charity Navigator announced the launch of CN 2.1, an enhancement of their previous charity rating system CN 2.0. This includes several changes to the seven “Financial Health” rating metrics used to evaluate charities, and to help donors make wise decisions in choosing where to make their donations. Here are the primary changes …

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