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Blogging Beyond the Numbers

Key Financial Performance Indicators
Posted by: Steve Kleiss 10 months ago
"So how are we doing?" A common question from management and governance of nonprofit organizations. Here are a few financial indicators for a clearer understanding of the financial health and performance of your organization.  Operating Reserve How much do we have for the lean times? Ample reserves are often discussed and often harder to make a reality, but it helps to start with a defin...
Income Tax
Posted by: Brian Dahlk 1 year ago
Nonprofit organizations generally conduct nonprofit activities.  That’s pretty obvious and self-explanatory.  However, nonprofits occasionally do enter into the for-profit domain, and these endeavors often generate Unrelated Business Income Taxes (UBIT).  Such activities by a nonprofit are permitted and acceptable, as long as its for-profit ventures 1) are not so excessive that they supersede the organ...
Books
Posted by: Jolene Giese 1 year ago
Year end has come and gone.  Your auditor is contacting you about the upcoming audit.  Are you ready and anticipating the audit or do you dread it?  You probably feel like you are back in school and prepping for an exam.  Read on to make sure you make the grade. Coursework The day to day transactions, internal control documentation, and filing of supporting documents are the material you will be teste...
Exchange Transaction vs Contribution
Posted by: Danielle Moyer 1 year ago
Although grants are one of the most common revenue sources for non-profit organizations, the term "grant" has no accounting definition and is used interchangeably with both of the accounting terms "exchange transaction" and "contribution". It is important for organizations to determine whether their grant is an exchange transaction or a contribution, as the classification will determine the accou...
Promise to Give
Posted by: Kyle Ager 1 year ago
Many non-profit organizations struggle determining whether the communication they received from a donor represents a conditional promise to give, an unconditional promise to give, or an intention to give. This article will help to shed some light on a complicated subject. Promises to give, which are commonly referred to as pledges, represent an agreement for a donor to contribute cash or other assets to an...
Posted by: Jillian Runde 2 years ago
The holiday season is known as the time for giving, and who better to give to than your favorite non-profit organization. These year-end contributions may not come in the form of cash as expected, but rather as a promise from a contributor to give in the future. As a non-profit, how does your organization account for these promised contributions? The timing of revenue recognition is tied to the date of...
Posted by: Derek Hilst 2 years ago
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued "Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954)." This is the biggest change to Not-for-Profit (NFP) reporting since 1993. The changes will provide the users of the financial statements with better information about the financial health of an NFP. This standard will affect net asset classifications, liquidity, and financial...
Posted by: Christin Biermeier 2 years ago
For many nonprofit organizations, the inability to identify upcoming financial challenges mean they are in a constant struggle to fulfill their mission. Early identification of a problem is usually the most efficient way to galvanize an organization's resources to address it.   Undetected and unaddressed, the challenges can grow, and solutions become more costly and time-consuming. For many org...
stack of coins
Posted by: Mike Hablewitz 2 years ago
Many nonprofits would like to create or expand revenue-producing activities in addition to their existing sources of primary financial support. These might include: Membership dues Fundraising events Government, foundation or corporate grants Program service revenue Investment income Rental income Gains from sale of assets or merchandise Tax-exempt revenue Depending on ...
Posted by: April Campbell 2 years ago
For some nonprofit organizations, selling goods and/or services is a way for them to support their mission.  In most circumstances, these organizations are required to collect and remit sales and use tax (5.5% in Dane County) related to the sale of the goods and/or services.   The good news is there are exemptions which can exclude the nonprofit organization from paying the sales tax. Beginning i...