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Executive Order Ends Enforcement of Johnson Amendment

President Trump has signed an Executive Order directing the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce the Johnson Amendment. Announced last week, the Executive Order ensures that tax-exempt organizations will not be penalized for engaging in certain political activities. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in 1954 to discourage tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activity.

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North Carolina Passes Government-Nonprofits Contracting Reform

Earlier this month, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a regulatory reform bill that would allow the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Division to review the obstacles nonprofits face when providing services in accordance with state grants and contracts. The review is the result of research indicating that half of North Carolina nonprofit organizations with government grants and contracts receive late payments from government agencies. That same research also revealed that three-fourths of those nonprofits deal with unnecessary application and reporting requirements.

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FASB Reaches Decisions on Revenue Recognition Guidance for Nonprofits

Progress continues on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) project on the revenue recognition of grants and similar contracts by nonprofits. At its Wednesday meeting, the FASB reached decisions on the following matters: The proposed amendments to distinguish between conditional and unconditional contributions will pertain to both a resource provider and a recipient. To satisfy the definition of a “donor-imposed condition,” a right of return or a releasing of the promisor from their responsibility to transfer assets must be present in the agreement. In order to be considered a condition, the agreement must indicate that the recipient is only entitled. Read More.

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Forthcoming Accounting Guidance Updates to Impact Nonprofits

Some of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Updates will certainly have an effect on nonprofit organizations. As the standards’ effective dates draw near, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has highlighted five standards nonprofits should become familiar with: Going concern requirements Consolidation requirements Simplifying the presentation of debt issuance costs Fair value disclosures when net asset value per share is used Inventory measurement More on these standards is available on AICPA.org. In addition, Cherry Bekaert’s Melisa Galasso will host an AICPA webinar on April 25 to offer nonprofits guidance on these Accounting Standards Updates.

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Oregon Nonprofit Survey to Reflect Equity and Inclusion

In a change from previous years, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is updating the questions in its annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey to reflect equity and inclusion. The change is being credited to the nonprofit sector shifting its focus to creating an equitable workforce. Oregon Business’ Kim Moore says that local philanthropy has spearheaded the change, as some donors are considering equity and inclusion in their grantmaking efforts. More on the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s survey changes is available on the Nonprofit Quarterly.

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The Nation’s Largest Art Museums Lack Women Directors

A collaborative study between the Association of Art Museum Directors and the National Center for Arts Research reveals a lack of women directors among the country’s largest art museums. According to the study, only one of the nation’s 13 largest museums is run by a female. Further, 30 percent of institutions with budgets over $15 million have women as a director. That number significantly drops when considering the 20 institutions with the largest budgets; only three of those 20 institutions have female directors. More on the gender gap at art museums is available on the Nonprofit Quarterly website.

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