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Gift Acceptance Policy Tips for Nonprofits

In a recent blog on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) website, Foundation of the Carolinas Vice President Alyssa Federico shares her insights on developing a gift acceptance policy for a nonprofit organization. According to Federico, a well-developed policy can protect a nonprofit from potential risks and educate staff members on when to decline gifts. Some of the guidance Federico outlines concerns handling non-cash gifts, the process for deciding whether or not to accept a gift, and determining what is required prior to acceptance. Federico’s blog can be read in its entirety on the AICPA website.

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SACUBO Meeting Keynote Speaker Discusses Issues Facing Higher Education

Last month, Jim Ratchford , Industry Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Education Industry Group , attended the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ (“SACUBO”) Annual Meeting. While at the meeting Ratchford listened to the keynote speech from Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Education. Mr. Jaschik shared with attendees various issues currently facing higher education, some of which included the following: The Trump administration is proposing cuts to education programs, including research and work study. International students are choosing higher institutions in countries other than the U.S. Forty (40) percent of U.S. colleges and universities are reporting declines in international applications. Everyone realizes that these students are. Read More.

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Private Colleges Operating at Deficits

New research by Moody’s Investors Service has revealed that small private universities face increased financial pressure. According to Moody’s, one-third of small private universities operated at deficits during the 2016 fiscal year. The number marks a 20-percent rise from 2013. Conversely, the number of large private colleges operating at deficits dropped to 13 percent in 2016 (20 percent in 2013). More on Moody’s research is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Forthcoming Revenue Standard Proposal to Help Nonprofits

New Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidance could make it easier for nonprofits to record revenue from grants and donations with restrictions. On June 7, the FASB unanimously agreed on a proposal to help nonprofits differentiate between a condition and a restriction in U.S. GAAP for received grants and donations. Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606) removed guidance on “exchange” transactions. Furthermore, many nonprofit organizations have had trouble distinguishing between a condition and restrictions. To address the matter, the FASB will clarify that when a gift comes with a donor-imposed condition, the agreement must. Read More.

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University of Louisville Foundation Engaging in Wasteful Spending

The University of Louisville Foundation has released a 135-page report outlining a series of wasteful spending practices. According to the independent investigating firm that authored the report, foundation officers repeatedly spent money on unbudgeted expenses and unapproved actions. Board directors were often kept in the dark on such actions, which prevented them from making informed financial decisions. Further, the report says that the foundation combined cash reserves, which made funding sources for certain transactions difficult to identify.  J. David Grissom, chairman of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees, said legal action has not been ruled out, but he expects that. Read More.

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