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College Finance Officers Uncertain about Nonprofit Accounting Changes

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) continues to overhaul its nonprofit accounting guidelines, several college finance officers are concerned over a major piece of the standard setter’s upcoming proposal. During FASB’s meeting Tuesday, representatives for the National Association of College and University Business Officers expressed support for a consistent operating measure that would clarify expenditures associated with a nonprofit’s mission and available funds. However, colleges and universities are uncertain whether the proposed metric would properly define the spending associated with their missions. Expressing such concerns, George Washington University associate vice president Sharon Heinle is worried that lenders, creditors and. Read More.

University of Penn Not Happy with PILOTs Resolution

Seeking to resolve the city’s school funding crisis, the Philadelphia City Council has approved a non-binding resolution that allows its mayor to request payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from larger nonprofit organizations. Approved by a 15-1 vote, the resolution seeks payments from mega-nonprofits such as universities and major healthcare institutions. Although the resolution was introduced by a University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) alumnus, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports that the campaign for PILOTs had singled out the school. Additionally, a Philadelphia-based economic justice coalition that supports PILOTs specifically targets Penn on its website. For more on the PILOTs resolution , visit the Nonprofit. Read More.

Fidelity Charitable Discusses “The Role of Volunteering in Philanthropy”

In a report published earlier this year by Fidelity Charitable, the organization examines the relationship between volunteers and their charitable giving efforts. Based on data from 2014, Fidelity Charitable discovered that 87 percent of volunteers believe an overlap exists between the organizations they financially support and where they volunteer. Also explored in the report are the demographics of donors that also give time to their charity, revealing that the most active donor-volunteers are in the 61-70 age range, and donors 50 or younger are most likely to volunteer. For more on Fidelity Charitable’s report, “The Role of Volunteering in Philanthropy” , please visit the Nonprofit Quarterly. Read More.

New York State Politician Accused of Misusing Public Funds

A New York state legislator recently found himself in hot water over an alleged misappropriation of public funds. Based on a report from the New York Daily News, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie purportedly steered over $600,000 to a nonprofit organization with no official board or tax filings. The group, the Bronx Business Alliance, was once awarded a state grant to renovate buildings owned by a partnering nonprofit board member. However, the owner used the money for something other than the property. In response to the report, Heastie claimed he wasn’t responsible for checking if the public dollars the Bronx Business. Read More.

FASB Discusses Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities Project

At its meeting on Wednesday, February 25th, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) discussed numerous matters associated with its proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) for the financial statements of nonprofits. Decisions made at the meeting included: The tentative definitions for operations in activities and cash flows statements will stay in place, but the FASB will seek additional feedback from the upcoming Exposure Draft regarding whether and how it could possibly further line up the definitions. Unrelated business income taxes or excise taxes made against investment return will not be required to be disclosed. Also, the standard setter eliminated the disclosure. Read More.

Gates Foundation Planning “Strategy Reboot”

Moving on to the next phase of its college completion agenda, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will now shift attention to four major areas of higher education. Outlined in a document dubbed as a “strategy reboot”, the Foundation plans to focus its efforts on data and information, finance and financial aid, college readiness, and innovation and scale. For instance, as mentioned in the document, the Foundation hopes to establish a national data infrastructure that provides consistency in reporting top performance metrics that encompasses every student at all institutions. The new data reporting framework is expected to be released later. Read More.