Nonprofit Accounting Basics


Accounting for Special Events

Many special events, such as dinners, galas, auctions, and walk-a-thons, are organized to raise contributions to support the organization’s activities.

Agency Transactions

What are agency transactions?

Agency transactions occur when one NFP (the agent) raises contributions for another NFP (the recipient).

Be Careful What You Ask For

This article illustrates how accounting decisions or judgments can affect taxes - on an organization or on its donors, and vice versa.

Charity Auctions: Reporting and Tax Rules

While neither charity auctions nor the various rules governing them are new, we receive numerous questions about them and observe many examples of inadequate auction procedures by both large and sm

Corporate Sponsorships: Do Them Right and Avoid Tax

Exempt organizations, both large and small, are relying more and more on a variety of corporate sponsorships to provide much-needed support for events and programs.

Deferred Revenue

Do Your Part for Donors: IRS Substantiation Rules Apply to Contributors

Tax-filing season may have just ended but it’s always a good time to make sure that your organization is following the IRS donation “substantiation rules” so that your benefactors will have the pro

Donor Imposed Restrictions

What are "donor-imposed" restrictions?

FASB116 focuses on the concept of restricted revenue.

Exchange Transactions

Factors that may indicate an exchange transaction:

Often it is difficult to distinguish between a contribution and an exchange transaction, the following factors are indicative of an exchan

Get Smart About Art Donations

Non-cash Contributions

IRS Proposes Implementing a Donee Report Form

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (or “OBRA93”) contained two major provisions affecting charities and their donors by introducing the "substantiation" and "disclosure" requirements.

Pledges Receivable: Explaining the Basics to Your Development Department

Pledges receivable can be a point of conflict between the accounting department and the development or fundraising team.

Raffles -- The Right Way

Raffles are gaining popularity for nonprofit fundraising. Often combined with a gala or other big event, raffles are accessible and fun.

Revenue Recognition Standard: Implementation Considerations and Disclosure Requirements

On May 28, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued substantially converged final standards on revenue recognition.

Split-Interest Agreements

What are "split-interest" ("planned giving") agreements?

Split-interest agreements, also known as planned giving, are contributions that assign the legal rights to certain assets to an NFP

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