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Navigating Charity Evaluators

How nonprofits can positively impact their rating Communication and transparency are paramount for companies looking to win over advocates in the information age, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. Just as Yelp transformed business reviews and TripAdvisor changed the way the world chooses vacation destinations, evaluation tools are impacting donor perception of charities. The space is led by Charity Navigator, but competing tools such as Charity Watch and GiveWell... continue reading

Proposed Nonprofit Financial Statement Format Changes

On April 22, 2015, the FASB issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) entitled Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.  The proposed ASU is intended to improve the financial reporting of not-for-profit entities (NFPs) and to provide more useful information to the donors, creditors, grantors and others that use these financial statements. The proposed ASU is applicable to all... continue reading

Revised Massachusetts Charter School Audit Guide

AAFCPAs Highlights Changes and Practical Considerations to Ensure Charter Schools Are Well-Prepared for Your Financial Audit by John Buckley, CPA In June of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) issued its revised Charter School Audit Guide, including significant changes to the financial reporting and audit requirements of charter schools.  This guide was last updated in 2010.  The DESE clearly states:  “It is the charter school’s responsibility... continue reading