Properly Identifying and Reporting Federal Funding

If your entity utilizes grant funding, it is important to identify if that funding is obtained from the federal government, whether by direct funding or a pass-through agency. Per Circular A-133 section 300, the grantee is responsible for identifying federal awards that must be reported on a supplementary statement to the financial statements: the Schedule …

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Determining Unrelated Business Income

In order to address cash flow problems, many not-for-profit organizations seek additional revenue streams in order to continue to carry out their missions.  But not-for-profit organizations should be aware of whether or not their activities are related to their organization’s exempt purpose. When activities are considered unrelated to the organization’s exempt purpose, the revenue earned …

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Are You Using Social Media To Achieve Your Marketing Goals? Part I

I recently gave a presentation at our monthly lunch ‘n learns about using social media in not-for-profit organizations.  If you are not using social media I strongly encourage you to look into it.  Social media is very affordable (as it is mostly free), easy way to connect with your supporters, great way to maintain relationships …

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The differences between GAAP, cash basis and modified cash basis of accounting

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. (GAAP) are just that – generally accepted. However, it’s not the only choice of accounting basis available to nonprofit and government organizations, and many organizations select another basis of accounting. There could be many reasons for presenting a different basis, one being that it may be more in …

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Not-for-Profit Automobiles

Completion of year end payroll tax returns, including preparation of Forms W-2, is just around the corner.  The taxability of employer provided automobiles must be taken into consideration when computing taxable wages of an employee. Not-for-profit Organizations often have a vehicle available for employees or have vehicles that are normally used for charitable activities.  The …

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Violations of Loan Covenants – What Does this Mean for my Audit?

It these tough economic times, it is much more common for not-for-profit organizations to have a violation of their loan covenant.  When a loan covenant is not met (for example, a requirement to maintain a maximum debt to tangible net worth ratio), the consequences can be very negative to the entity’s financial statements.  Remember that …

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Classifying Expenses – Is it Program or Supporting Services

Not-for-profit organizations are required to report financial information about the functional classifications of expenses, such as major program services and supporting services. There is often confusion surrounding when to classify an expense as program related versus supporting services (which is usually management & general or fundraising).  Program services are activities that result in goods or …

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