Expanding your donor pool is a great way to develop new funding sources for your nonprofit. Before you decide to widen your reach, you will want to make sure you are compliant with every state’s fundraising regulations where you plan on fundraising. Often, this will mean filing a charitable solicitation registration (CSR).
The state of Ohio recently amended Ohio’s General Corporate Law to allow for the creation and governance of benefit corporations. Benefit corporations are a kind of bridge between the traditional for-profit and non-profit models businesses traditionally use to structure their corporation. They try to balance earning a profit and supporting a purpose that betters society or the environment.
Reconciling QuickBooks, in either the desktop or online version, is just like balancing your personal checkbook; your bank balance should agree to your QuickBooks account balance plus or minus items that have not yet cleared the bank. Every month, collect your bank statements to make sure you’ve entered every transaction into QuickBooks.
As a nonprofit, your tax-exempt status with the IRS is based on how your organization is organized and operated. Your tax-exempt status exempts your organization from federal income tax on income related to your organization’s exempt operations. However, in the process of actually operating your nonprofit, there are times you’ll engage in a certain amount of activity unrelated to your exempt operations that produces income. This income is called unrelated business income and it may be taxable.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-07, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation and Disclosures by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets in September 2020. The FASB aims to make the presentation and disclosure of gifts-in-kind (GIKs) more transparent and consistent across nonprofit accounting.
Implementing the financial accounting standards board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit entities can be confusing. The updated standard states nonprofits must present an analysis of expenses by their function and natural expense classifications in one location, such as in a statement of functional expenses.

Charitable giving is appreciated at every level. Any time an individual gives, no matter the amount, it is a precious gift. Some donors may be in a position to give to a nonprofit they are passionate about. In this case, a donor advised fund (DAF) might be an effective way to maximize their gifts. Donor advised funds are charitable investment accounts established at a public charity to support charitable 501(c)(3) organizations and allow donors to take an immediate tax deduc Read More >>

Sending a thank you note after receiving a charitable gift to your nonprofit seems like a simple, but polite, way to recognize a donor. In reality, this acknowledgement is an extremely important piece of the donor/nonprofit relationship.

More Than Thank You

A thank you note is truly more than just a thank you. The IRS imposes recordkeeping and substantiation rules to both nonprofits and to donors.

Donors are responsible for obtaining written acknowledgment from a charity Read More >>