Nonprofit

Can I Use My Endowment As Collateral?

By |2019-04-01T13:30:06-05:00March 13th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Gifts, Nonprofit|

Organizations looking to expand their programs sometimes need to obtain bank financing for large projects such as the acquisition of a building. Depending upon the financing received, collateral is often a necessary piece of closing the deal. For organizations with large endowments, the question may come up as to whether the organization may use the [...]

The Time is Now… Financial Statement Presentation Changes are Here!

By |2019-05-22T10:02:27-05:00February 27th, 2019|Accounting, Board, Change, Compliance, Internal Control, Nonprofit|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?”, we provided an overview of the changes for nonprofit financial statements. Now we will take a closer look at the new net asset presentation and disclosures your organization will face, beginning with your December 31, 2018 financial statements. If you missed our previous [...]

Do You Really Need An Audit?

By |2019-04-18T12:06:47-05:00February 6th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Compliance, Internal Control, Nonprofit|

For those of you that go through an audit each year, you know how costly and time consuming they can be. You may have wondered, “Do I really need an audit? Is there something else that I can do to satisfy my financial reporting requirements?” To accurately answer those questions, you first need to understand [...]

Decoding the Nonprofit Financial Lingo: Statement of Financial Position

By |2019-03-29T13:10:41-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Assurance, Cash Flow, Nonprofit, Tips|

Have you ever attended a presentation of financial information and not been familiar with the jargon the presenter was using? Have you been uncertain whether you are the only one with questions? Maybe you’re the accountant or treasurer for your organization and you’re met with blank stares? Nonprofits have their own set of financial terminology [...]

Governance vs Management, Is There a Difference?

By |2019-01-24T15:08:15-05:00December 18th, 2018|Board, Goals, Internal Control, Leader, Nonprofit|

It’s no secret that nonprofit organizations come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Likewise, the structure of their boards are made up of various shapes and sizes.  As a board member, it's important to understand what your role is in providing service to the organization.  Especially for organizations without paid staff, board members are [...]

Here They Are…More Changes to Financial Statements!

By |2019-05-22T10:02:36-05:00December 11th, 2018|Accounting, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Compliance, Investment, Nonprofit, Preparation|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?” we provided information on the changes to net asset presentation and underwater endowments under the new financial statement presentation standard. Now we will address the new presentation and disclosure items related to liquidity and availability disclosures, functional expenses, investment expenses, and the statement [...]

3 Reasons You Should Consider Moving to the Cloud

By |2019-01-16T12:25:32-05:00December 4th, 2018|Internal Control, IT, Leading, Nonprofit, Preparation, Records, Tips|

What is the Cloud and How Does it Work? When you hear the saying, “your data is in the cloud”, it doesn’t mean your data is actually stored in a cloud about to drop torrents of rain upon you. The “cloud” merely means that your software and services are running through the internet instead of [...]

Performance Measurement: Board Member Volunteer Hours

By |2018-12-07T14:17:14-05:00October 11th, 2018|Board, Donation, Nonprofit, Performance Measurement, Volunteer|

 This week’s segment of the Performance Measurement video series, Ross Van Laar, CPA, provides an overview of Nonprofit Board Member Volunteer Hours.