Not-For-Profit Notebook

Practical insight and analysis on the accounting, audit and tax issues impacting not-for-profit organizations.

The Basics for Executing a Successful Nonprofit Capital Campaign

Posted by admin Jun 20, 2018 11:24:33 AM

A nonprofit capital campaign is one of the best fundraising methods, particularly if you have a certain project or purchase in mind. But capital campaign fundraising requires strong leadership, extensive planning and dedicated participants.

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Six Strategies for Financially Troubled Nonprofits

Posted by admin Jun 14, 2018 11:41:43 AM

When your nonprofit organization is struggling financially and you’ve already attempted to cut costs in more traditional ways, like wage freezes and layoffs, what’s next? 

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Accounting For Gifts In Kind And Donated Services

Posted by admin Dec 5, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Not-for-profit organizations do not exclusively receive cash donations. Your support also likely comes in the form of gifts in kind and donated services. But even when such gifts are welcome, it can be challenging to determine the value of donated items for financial reporting purposes.

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Make The Most Of Your Audited Financial Statements

Posted by admin Nov 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Many organizations are required to receive an annual audit, and it may at times seem like a burden to an organization. However, effectively audited financial statements are a tool for good governance. Your management team and board can learn a great deal and truly better your organization.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Nonprofit's Endowment Fund

Posted by admin Nov 21, 2017 4:00:49 PM

Many not-for-profit organizations rely on income from endowment funds to help meet operating expenses, ease cash-flow problems and supplement each year’s annual budget. Although endowments are often a financial bedrock for nonprofits, there are endowment fund rules that you must follow.

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Are Nonprofit Board Term Limits Right For You?

Posted by admin Nov 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In one of our previous posts, we discussed toxic behaviors that often warrant firing a board member. Having an ineffective board of directors is not an option for a successful nonprofit, but removing a board member can be awkward and difficult.

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The Four Steps Of A Nonprofit Executive Search Plan

Posted by admin Oct 30, 2017 11:30:00 AM

It seems inevitable that your nonprofit will need to replace a top executive within your organization at some point, and having the right executives in place is imperative to your organization’s success. Why not prepare your staff and Board now? Discuss these four basic steps of the executive search process today so you’re ready when it’s time to find a new person to lead your nonprofit organization. 

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Should You Consider Removing A Board Member At Your Organization?

Posted by admin Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Your not-for-profit has probably spent a lot of time and effort attracting board members who have the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to make a difference to your organization.

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Avoiding Investment Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations

Posted by admin Oct 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Investment fraud in nonprofit organizations, such as Ponzi schemes, is common. A 2013 analysis by The Washington Post found that more than 1,000 nonprofits had discovered fraud at their organizations between 2008 and 2012. Fraud cases can cause significant financial loss for not-for-profits, but the biggest consequence is often the loss of donors and the marring of the organization’s public reputation. Donor loss can, of course, have long-term financial implications beyond the initial post-fraud loss.

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The Accounting and Financial Reporting Complexities of Nonprofit Collaboration

Posted by admin Aug 22, 2017 3:30:00 PM

As funding sources diminish, an increasing number of nonprofit organizations are collaborating, merging or being acquired by other organizations. Pooling resources cuts costs and often increases efficiency, but it also means complicated accounting work and uncharted reporting obligations. Here, we'll explore different ways nonprofits are collaborating and what it means from an accounting and financial reporting perspective. 

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