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Faux Donor Scams Nonprofit for Veterans

An Oregon-based nonprofit gym for veterans has fallen victim to a con artist. Alleged wealthy businessman named Garyn Bowen had pledged $425,000 to Lift for the 22, and claimed that supplement retailer GNC would match his gift. Since Bowen was a frequent attendee of the gym’s workout programs, the organization did not bother to check his background. After arranging a Facebook live-stream of the check presentation, the gym never received Bowen’s check. Later, the gym discovered that Bowen had stolen another member’s wallet to make purchases. More on Lift for the 22’s story is available on the Nonprofit Quarterly website.

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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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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 Wisconsin Reaches Midpoint of Naming Agreement

With the University of Wisconsin Madison at the halfway point of its 20-year deal to keep the name of its business school intact, campus administrators and donors are reflecting on the agreement. Thoughts have consisted of the upside of the deal and what its future may hold. Most recently, there have been talks on whether donations can be used to delay the ending of the deal. Such talks have opened a larger discussion about college fundraising efforts, naming rights, and the impact on a university’s identity. The discussion has also garnered interest from donors, who consider the Wisconsin naming deal. Read More.

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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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How Form 990 Can Benefit Nonprofits

Tax season is here, which means nonprofits are preparing for the submission of their annual Form 990 or 990-EZ. What some nonprofits might not be aware of, however, is that the form is an opportunity to promote their efforts to prospective donors. Philanthropic strategist Bruce DeBoskey recently identified which information on Form 990 could be of interest to potential donors. Such areas of interest include a nonprofit’s mission statement, the use of program-related investments, and lobbying activities. More on Form 990 is available at the Nonprofit Quarterly.

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