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Ensuring Sustainability Means Nonprofits Need to Act Now

Ensuring Sustainability Means Nonprofits Need to Act Now

MassNonprofit News | Although nonprofits cannot control market forces and potential changes in funding, they can take steps to ensure sustainability and greater capacity by broadening the scope of their financial planning process.  AAFCPAs Jeffrey Cicolini, CPA, CGMA provides actionable insights to help nonprofits ensure long-term sustainability.

AAFCPAs to Present Educational Workshop on Strategic Budgeting at MNN Annual Conference

AAFCPAs to Present Educational Workshop on Strategic Budgeting at MNN Annual Conference

AAFCPAs will happily present an educational workshop on Rethinking Your Budget: Leading Your Organization through a More Comprehensive Financial Planning Process at the tenth annual, 2017 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) Conference in Framingham, MA on November 1st. This is an exciting, must-attend conference for nonprofit executives, board members and advocates. It provides exceptional professional development and networking for over 600 nonprofit professionals and for-profit affiliates from across the state. We... continue reading

Guidance on New Lease Accounting Standard

In 2016, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) to increase transparency and comparability of lease transactions.   AAFCPAs has summarized some of the most significant changes resulting from the new ASU for your convenience: Operating leases will now be recorded in the balance sheet as assets and liabilities if the lease term is greater than 12 months. Prior to this new standard, U.S. GAAP required only capital... continue reading

Josh England, Esq. to Present Nonprofit Legal Seminar on Online Fundraising

AAFCPAs Nonprofit Tax Attorney Josh England will volunteer his efforts and lead Lawyers Clearinghouse’s Legal Workshop for Nonprofits: Online Fundraising:  Is Your Nonprofit in Compliance? Online fundraising is a commonplace feature for many charities; however, many do not realize they are not in compliance with the myriad federal and state fundraising rules and regulations.  Is your nonprofit in compliance with pertinent law, such as Massachusetts data security and fundraising regulations?... continue reading

Nonprofit Financial Statement Project/ASU Update – FASB Announces Transition Method and Effective Dates

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) reached much anticipated decisions regarding the transition and effective date for its Nonprofit Financial Statements Project, as of their most recent Board Meeting (3/30/16).  The proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use their financial statements.  Details regarding the transition method and effective date are summarized below: Transition Method FASB decided that... continue reading

The Inside Job: As technology advances, so does the proliferation of more complex fraud schemes

The Inside Job: As technology advances, so does the proliferation of more complex fraud schemes

Net Assets Magazine | John Buckley, CPA, Partner, advises national, NBOA-member private schools to evaluate the intrinsic risks embedded in the potential rewards of technologies. From online tuition systems to point-of-sale credit card readers, established and emerging financial technologies foster greater efficiency for independent schools, along with superior convenience for vendors, parents, students and supporters. At the same time, they open up easier and faster ways to commit fraud and can offer false reassurance... continue reading

The Pervasive Impact of Revenue Recognition on Independent Schools

The effective date of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers has been deferred for all entities by one year; however, AAFCPAs advises that Independent Schools start preparing now to determine how the new Revenue Recognition Standard affects your financial picture, your stakeholders, and the way you do business. How may the Standard impact your School?  Key financial measures and ratios may change, affecting external users’... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Update on Decisions Reached in FASB NFP Financial Statements Project

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) continued its Phase 1 deliberations at its February 3, 2016 Board Meeting on the proposed FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. Significant Decisions Made at the Board’s February 2016 Meeting: The proposed ASU would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use... continue reading

Nonprofits and the “Bucket system”: from cash management to investment returns

It can be tempting for nonprofits to focus solely on near-term strategy.  The grant environment is challenging, and competition for donor dollars has never been fiercer.  Keeping a plan on track that supports financial health is often a year-by-year exercise. That exercise, though, varies widely depending on how the organization brings in revenue. Those that receive significant funding in waves can take a different approach than those that are solely... continue reading

FASB’s Technical Agenda for NFP Financial Statements Project Organized in Two Phases

AAFCPAs would like to make you aware of the two phases that comprise the technical agenda for FASB’s Nonprofit Financial Statement Project.  On April 22, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (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. This ASU is intended to improve existing standards for financial statement presentation by... continue reading