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The Biggest Change in Nonprofit Financial Reporting in More Than 20 Years is Here


With Mike Batts and Mike Lee

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently released a new accounting standards update that represents the most significant change to nonprofit financial statements in more than 20 years.

According to the FASB, the new standard aims to improve presentation of financial information, ultimately making nonprofit financial reporting statements more informative, transparent, and useful to readers.
Key provisions of the new standard include the following:
  1. Revises net asset classifications to just assets with and without donor restrictions.
  2. Enhances disclosures for self-imposed limits on the use of resources without donor-imposed restrictions and the composition of net assets with donor restrictions.
  3. Requires the presentation of expenses by nature as well as function, including an analysis of expenses showing the relationship between functional and natural classification for all expenses.
  4. Requires qualitative disclosures on how a not-for-profit manages its available liquid resources.
  5. Requires quantitative disclosures that communicate the availability of financial assets to meet cash needs for general expenditures within one year of the balance sheet date.
Allows for a choice between the direct and indirect method of reporting operating cash flows; presentation of the indirect reconciliation is no longer required if using the direct method.

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