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Fiscal Sponsorships – How They Work for Charities

Fiscal sponsorships occur when an established charity provides a kind of legal and financial umbrella to a charitable project that lacks 501(c)(3) status. This type of arrangement can benefit both groups. But before agreeing to be a sponsor, be sure you understand how these arrangements work and the risks involved. Mutually Beneficial In a fiscal… Continue Reading

Tips: Make Your Not-for-Profit’s Accounting More Efficient

How efficient is your not-for-profit? Even tightly run organizations can use some improvement — particularly in the accounting area. Adopting the following six tips can help improve timeliness and accuracy. Set cutoff policies. Create policies for the monthly cutoff of invoicing and recording expenses — and adhere to them. For example, require all invoices to… Continue Reading

How Charity Watchdogs Impact Not-For-Profit Organizations

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back once again with Annjeanette Yglesias, one of our tax managers and a member of our not-for-profit team. Annjeanette, welcome back to the Playbook. Annjeanette: Thanks, Jen. It’s nice to be here. Jen: So, we’ve talked before about the Donor Bill of… Continue Reading

Has Your Not-for-Profit Successfully Transitioned from Overhead to Impact?

In the not-so-distant past, charity watchdog groups such as GuideStar, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance were notorious for giving overhead ratios significant weightings in their rankings of not-for-profits. While such a practice can help potential donors weed out spendthrift organizations, it also tends to unfairly penalize not-for-profits making reasonable expenditures… Continue Reading

How Your Not-for-Profit’s Internal and Year-End Financial Statements Can Differ

Do you prepare internal financial statements for your board of directors on a monthly, quarterly or other periodic basis? Later, at year end, do your auditors always propose adjustments? What’s going on? Most likely, the differences are due to cash basis vs. accrual basis financial statements, as well as reasonable estimates proposed by your auditors… Continue Reading

The Best-Suited Charity Vehicle for Family Philanthropy – What to Consider

The Houston Business Journal published an article on their website co-authored by PKF Texas Tax Practice Leader and Director, J. Del Walker, CPA, and Tax Manager, Annjeanette Yglesias, CPA. The article discusses the differences between a private foundation (PF) and the donor advised fund (DAF), which impact family philanthropy efforts. So, what are the differences?… Continue Reading

Tips on Valuing Donated Property

Not-for-profits often struggle with valuing noncash and in-kind donations. Whether for record-keeping purposes or when helping donors understand proper valuation for their charitable tax deductions, the task isn’t easy. Although the amount that a donor can deduct generally is based on the donation’s fair market value (FMV), there’s no single formula for calculating it. FMV… Continue Reading

Why Your Not-For-Profit Needs to Embrace Accountability

To protect the organization, demonstrate openness and support the greater good, your not-for-profit needs to embrace accountability. Doing so will also help you fulfill your fiduciary responsibilities to donors, constituents and the public. Fairness and Clarity Accountability starts by complying with all applicable laws and rules. As you carry out your organization’s initiatives, do so… Continue Reading

Using Insurance for Not-For-Profit Risk Management

Insurance is the cornerstone of any not-for-profit’s comprehensive risk management plan. It can’t protect your organization from every contingency, but it’s critical to protecting the people, property, funds and support you depend on. Must-Have Policies Many kinds of coverage are available, but it’s unlikely your organization needs all of them. One type you do need… Continue Reading

Leadership Tips for Not-For-Profit Mergers

If your not-for-profit is contemplating a merger or acquisition with another organization, you have a lot of work ahead of you. One of the most daunting challenges is keeping leaders focused and invested in the process. Most not-for-profits are run by both board members and internal management, and this structure can bog down decision making… Continue Reading

How Not-For-Profits Can Protect Volunteers as Assets

How much are your volunteers worth? The not-for-profit advocacy group Independent Sector estimates the value of the average American volunteer at $24.69 an hour. Volunteers who perform specialized services may be even more valuable. Whether your entire workforce is unpaid or you rely on a few volunteers to support a paid staff, you need to… Continue Reading

Tips on Compensating Not-For-Profit Board Members

Contrary to popular belief, it’s usually perfectly legal to compensate not-for-profit board members — and sometimes it might even be necessary. But is it right for your organization? Pros and Cons Board member compensation comes with several pros and cons to consider. Your organization might, for example, find it worthwhile to offer compensation to attract… Continue Reading

Changes in How Not-For-Profits Present Their Financials

Jen: This is PKF Texas The Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team, as well as our not-for-profit team. Danielle, welcome back to the Playbook. Danielle: Thank you again. Jen: I know there have been some pretty big changes on how… Continue Reading

Not-For-Profits: Is it Time to Reconsider a Special Event?

Not-for-profits use special events to raise large amounts in a short period of time. Most often, the donor receives a direct benefit from the event — such as dinner or participation in a gaming activity. But special events don’t always meet their fundraising goals. In fact, organizations can lose money on them. Following these steps… Continue Reading

Licensing Arrangement Considerations for Not-For-Profits

Licensing your not-for-profit’s name to a for-profit company can provide a valuable new revenue source — but it can also be risky. If you’re considering a licensing arrangement, ensure that the partnership really will generate funds and, possibly more important, a positive impression of your brand. Success . . . and Controversy When a licensing… Continue Reading

How Not-For-Profits Can Prepare for Sudden Outpouring of Support

Americans gave unprecedented sums to charity in response to the devastating hurricanes last year. Large organizations, such as the American Red Cross, were equipped to handle the huge influxes of donations. However, some smaller charities were overwhelmed. Although it may seem like an unlikely problem, not-for-profits need a plan to handle a potential outpouring of… Continue Reading

How to Navigate Your Not-For-Profit During Growth Stage

A not-for-profit’s growth stage generally starts two or three years after formation and continues until maturity at around age seven. This period comes with a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to refine and expand, but these “adolescent” years can pose challenges as well. Board Shifts Perhaps the most common marker of a growth-stage not-for-profit… Continue Reading

Let’s Revisit Your Not-For-Profit’s Social Media Policy

Perhaps you wrote a social media policy several years ago when your not-for-profit set up a Facebook page. Since then, not only has your not-for-profit likely changed, but new social media platforms have emerged. At the very least, the sites you use have probably revised their terms of service. That’s why it’s time to revisit… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Revisit the Donor Bill of Rights

The Donor Bill of Rights was designed about 25 years ago as a blueprint of best practices for not-for-profits. Some critics have since asserted that the rights are out of date or not comprehensive enough. However, revisiting the list’s basic principles can help you build solid relationships with donors — and even boost fundraising. Here… Continue Reading

How Private Foundations Can Avoid Costly IRS Attention

IRS rules governing private foundations are complex and include many exceptions, which is why your foundation needs to write and follow a detailed conflict-of-interest policy. Taking this proactive step can help you avoid potentially costly public and IRS attention. Casting a Wide Net Conflict-of-interest policies are critical for all not-for-profits. But foundations are subject to… Continue Reading

Thinking Like an Auditor for Your Not-For-Profit Revenue

Auditors examining a not-for-profit’s financial statements spend considerable time on the revenue figures. They look at the accounting methods used to record revenues and perform a detailed income analysis. You can use the same techniques to increase your understanding of your organization’s revenue profile. In particular, consider: Individual Contributions Compare the donation dollars raised to… Continue Reading

ASU No. 2018-08 Clarifies Guidance for Not-For-Profit Entities: Contributions Received and Contributions Made

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. ASU No. 2018-08 provides clarifying and amended guidance concerning: the determination of whether a transaction should be accounted for as an exchange or as… Continue Reading