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Political Activity and NFPs

Political Activity and Not-For-Profit Organizations

With the current political climate and upcoming elections, your not-for-profit organization may be considering how you can get involved. The most important thing your organization can do is to make sure you understand the rules and regulations before you participate in any type of political activity. This begins with understanding the distinction between political campaign […]

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09.16.20 NBI Session 3

On Demand Webinar: NBI 2020 Nonprofit Training Series: Communicating Your Impact

Join The National Bank of Indianapolis and McGovern Consulting Group Thursday, September from Noon to 1 PM Eastern for The National Bank of Indianapolis Session 3 of the 2020 NonProfit Training Series, titled Communicating Your Impact! During this session, TJ McGovern of McGovern Consulting Group will guide you through a virtual session focused on how to simplify […]

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Private Foundations and Self-Dealing 8.20

Private Foundations and Self-Dealing

While both exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3), private foundations have several restrictions that do not apply to public charities. One major restriction is the self-dealing rules. Private foundations are prohibited to engage in acts of direct or indirect self-dealing with disqualified persons. There are six specific acts of self-dealing between a private foundation and a […]

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NFP Cybersecurity Risks

Is Your NFP Organization at Risk?

Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In light of the recent Blackbaud data breach, we are reminded of the importance of ensuring your data is secure and being aware of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. What should be done to address the risks? Not-for-profit organizations handle sensitive data every day, which makes them a prime target for an attacker. Reputation is […]

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Potential Issues with Online Donor Solicitation and Grant Applications

As organizations have had to navigate and operate under the instantaneous, shifting changes that are resulting from the current pandemic, one of the largest challenges to overcome is continuing to receive and replenish resources during a time when normal fundraising activities might not be possible. Revenues previously raised from annual fundraisers and campaigns that are […]

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Can my not-for-profit use donor-restricted funds for operating expenses during this COVID-19 crisis_

Use of Donor-Restricted Funds in a Crisis

Can my not-for-profit use donor-restricted funds for operating expenses during this COVID-19 crisis? As a general matter, not-for-profits cannot use donor-restricted funds for other expenses. If funds have been restricted by a donor, then that restriction remains, even in these extraordinary times. Restrictions on donations are typically made in writing by the donor (verbal restrictions […]

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Webinar: National Bank of Indianapolis 2020 Nonprofit Training Series_ Setting Financial Benchmarks

On-Demand Webinar: NBI 2020 Nonprofit Training Series: Setting Financial Benchmarks

Join The National Bank of Indianapolis and Blue & Co. as we discuss how nonprofits can set financial benchmarks to focus on critical measures that help ensure sustainability during times of uncertainty. Duration: 1 Hour Speakers: Annmarie Novotney, CPA, Senior Manager, Blue & Co. Jill Robisch, Vice President & Senior Business Development Officer, Nonprofit Services, […]

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Deferral of Revenue Recognition and Leases

Deferral of Revenue Recognition and Leases

This article was originally published with updates to FASB updates on December 10, 2019 and was most recently updated on June 5th. It is being updated as new information becomes available. On June 3, 2020, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective […]

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Managing Cash Flow Through Uncertainty

Managing Cash Flow Through Uncertainty

Cash flow management is a critical exercise during uncertain times like these and one that is top of mind for every business owner.  It involves managing every aspect of the business that can have an effect on cash inflows or outflows, including focusing on accelerating inflows, prioritizing spending, and overall allocation of valuable resources. Where […]

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CARES Act Charitable Deduction Expansion: Opportunity for Attracting New Donors

CARES Act Charitable Deduction Expansion: Opportunity for Attracting New Donors

With the needs of our world constantly changing due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit organizations find themselves having to rethink their operations, short-term missions, and revenue streams. The new charitable contribution deduction provisions outlined in the CARES Act may be an opportunity to attract a new base of donors or get additional […]

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Tax Filing Deadline Reminder to Non-Profit Organizations

Tax Filing Deadlines Have Been Extended for Not-For-Profit Organizations

This article was originally published on March 30th and is being updated as new information becomes available. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on April 9, 2020, that informational tax return due dates have been extended in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Not-for-profits with filing deadlines of April 1, 2020 to July 14, 2020 now […]

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Financial Planning for Nonprofits in Uncertain Times

Financial Planning for Nonprofits in Uncertain Times

It is in times like the current COVID-19 pandemic where our national and global economies are facing historic challenges that organizations are confronted with the need to make paradigm shifts to stay viable and sustainable. As many organizations were preparing their 2020 financial budgets, fundraiser calendars, and establishing strategic plans, few, if any, were prepared […]

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Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) “Presentation and Disclosure by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets”

Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) “Presentation and Disclosure by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets”

On February 10, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) “Presentation and Disclosure by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets” designed to improve transparency in how not-for-profit organizations present and disclose contributed nonfinancial assets. Also known as gifts-in-kind, contributed nonfinancial assets include fixed assets such as land, buildings, and […]

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Webinars

Flexible Budgeting Not-for-Profits

Flexible Budgeting for Not-for-Profits

Organizational budgeting is far from a simple process, and this is especially true for those in nonprofit leadership. There are often many complexities to consider when developing a financial plan capable of carrying the mission forward into the next fiscal year and, certainly, the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have not made this task […]

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Understanding Your Options When Your Organization Fails the Public Support Calculation

Understanding Your Options if Your Organization Fails the Public Support Calculation

If your organization is exempt under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), section 170(b)(1)(A)(iv) or section 509(a)(2) of the IRS code, it must annually meet one of two public support calculation tests (shown on Form 990, Schedule A) to maintain its publicly supported status: The organization is over 33 1/3% publicly supported. This means that 33 1/3% or more […]

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Statement of Functional Expenses: Three Steps for Accurate Expense Allocations

An area of common concern for not-for-profit organizations is how to best allocate certain expenses among the various functions between management and general activities, program services and other supporting activities like fundraising and membership development. Users of your financial statements, and of course your auditors, will want to ensure that expenses that are not directly […]

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Compliance Supplement Addendum Issued and FAC Extensions

2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum Issued and Extensions Granted

On December 22, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the 2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum (Supplement Addendum). The Supplement Addendum provides guidance on auditing Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money and other COVID-19 relief programs. The addendum has the same effective date as the original August 2020 Compliance Supplement for […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Maximizing and Accounting for Not-For-Profit Revenue Sources

  This session was hosted by Blue & Co. and Ashley|Rountree and Associates on Thursday, February 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar is Maximizing and Accounting for Not-For-Profit Revenue Sources. This webinar is part of a two-part series discussing unique funding opportunities and issues related to revenue sources for not-for-profit organizations. The […]

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