Nonprofit Audit Checklist (+ Free PDF Download)

The Charity CFO

Many nonprofit organizations both large and small need to undergo a financial statement audit every year. Preparing for a nonprofit audit can be overwhelming and anxiety-filled, especially if it’s your first audit or you don’t have a strong and experienced financial team.

When Does Your Nonprofit Need an Audit?

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Contrary to what many people envision, a nonprofit audit doesn’t usually start with a letter from the IRS. Instead, an independent nonprofit audit is something you choose to build trust in your nonprofit organization. Don't hire the wrong accountant for your nonprofit!


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CFO Leadership Council Highlights Our First 10 DEI Ascend Honorees

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The CFO Leadership Council proudly highlights our very first ten Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ascend Honorees! The Ascend program is an opportunity for Senior Finance Executives from underrepresented groups to join The CFO Leadership Council. About The CFO Leadership Council.

Zack Meyer Joins The Charity CFO as Director of Quality Assurance

The Charity CFO

Zack joins us after two decades as a not-for-profit accountant in both public accounting and the nonprofit industry. In this new role, he will serve as one of our in-house experts on existing and emerging nonprofit accounting standards and auditing best practices.

Reporting Requirements of Contingent Liabilities and GAAP Compliance

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Journal entries are recorded for contingent liabilities, with a credit to the accrued liability account and a debit to the liability-related expense account. A business accounting journal is used to record all business transactions. What Are Contingent Liabilities in Accounting?

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Do Nonprofits Use Cash or Accrual Accounting?

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If you’re like many people, you probably think that there is a single set of accounting rules that every company must follow. . So which accounting method is right for you? Is your nonprofit required to use accrual accounting? Cash vs. Accrual Accounting: What’s the difference?

Nonprofit Accounting Services: The Right Solution

The Charity CFO

What should you look for when evaluating nonprofit accounting services? Yes, they might have a board member or volunteer who takes care of the finances, but they often lack specific expertise in nonprofit accounting. Benefits of Nonprofit Accounting Services.

Accrual Accounting vs. Cash Basis Accounting

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Accrual Accounting vs. Cash Basis Accounting: An Overview. The main difference between accrual and cash basis accounting lies in the timing of when revenue and expenses are recognized. Accrual Accounting. Under this method, revenue is accounted for when it is earned.

Updated Accounting Standards for In-Kind Donations (2022)

The Charity CFO

If your nonprofit uses donations of supplies, services, and even time to help fund your operations, you need to know about recent changes in accounting standards for in kind donations. Typically, a CPA would prepare these statements as part of a yearly review or audit.

The most and least complex jurisdictions for financial compliance in APAC

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China’s financial environment is the region’s most complex, followed by Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia, according to TMF Group’s report titled Accounting & tax: The global and local complexities holding multinationals to account. By contrast, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Philippines were seen as the least complex for multinational companies when it comes to accounting and tax laws and practices, the report states.

How Do I Forecast with Tax Code 280E?

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The difference between cost of goods sold and ordinary business expenses is well defined in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) but routinely ignored by small business bookkeeping services. Hence you need good cannabis accounting to defend yourself in audit.

Statement of Activities: Reading a Nonprofit Income Statement

The Charity CFO

Like all nonprofit financial statements , the central role of the Statement of Activities is to provide transparency and accountability to your donors and board. If you use cash-based accounting, you’ll only record cash deposited into your bank during the reporting period. .

Fund Accounting for Nonprofits & Charities

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And the issue of restricted funds presents unique bookkeeping and accounting challenges for a nonprofit that a for-profit company doesn’t face. This accounting system is called fund accounting. Who’s Required to Use Fund Accounting? . What is fund accounting? .

The Basics of Nonprofit Bookkeeping

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Do a Google search on nonprofit bookkeeping, and you’ll find page after page of articles on nonprofit accounting. Because while nonprofit bookkeeping and accounting are related, they’re not the same thing. Allocate revenue and expenses to restricted fund accounts .

Nonprofit Accounting Basics for Founders, Board Members & Executives

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If you’re like most nonprofit leaders, you’re not researching nonprofit accounting basics to satisfy your curiosity. with this overview of nonprofit accounting basics. . What is nonprofit accounting? Don't hire the wrong accountant for your nonprofit! Accounts receivable.

Understanding Functional Expenses for Nonprofits

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Don't hire the wrong accountant for your nonprofit! The #1 accounting mistake that nonprofits make is hiring the wrong people to help them. Get this FREE guide to discover what you need to do to ensure you hire the right accountant, bookkeeper, or CFO the FIRST time.

Accounting for In-Kind Donations to Nonprofits

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But accounting for in-kind donations presents its own unique challenges. In this article, we’ll dig into how to account for in-kind donations on your nonprofit’s books. Why accounting for in-kind donations matters. Submit to an annual audit.

How Compliance Rules Vary For State- Vs SEC-Registered RIAs

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Though Section 203(c)(1)(D) of the Advisers Act contemplates the possible adoption of a rule that requires the submission of a balance sheet certified by an independent public accountant and “other financial statements,” the SEC has to-date not adopted such a rule. Executive Summary.

Number Of Corporate Accounting Errors Unexpectedly Climbs


A research firm has discovered that the number of material accounting mistakes made by U.S. Massachusetts-based Audit Analytics looked at disclosures from more than 9,000 U.S.-listed While the number of mistakes has declined every year since 2006, during the first six months of 2018, 65 companies found accounting mistakes that required them to restate and refile entire financial filings, compared with 60 companies for the same period last year.

The 3 Jobs Your Startup Should Outsource

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CFO: If your company has closed a seed round of funding or is earning more than $250K per year, you need a CFO to handle your financial strategy and run your accounting team. Even if you’re not yet funded or earning significant revenue, you may still be in need of CFO services.

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What is the Financial Consolidation Process in the Accounting World?


Financial Consolidation in the Accounting World. But in the accounting world, “financial consolidation” is a well-defined process that includes several complexities and accounting principles. Here are the key accounting consolidation steps in the finance consolidation process : Collecting trial balance data (e.g., Assets, Liabilities, Equity, Revenue, and Expense accounts) from multiple general ledger systems, and mapping it to a centralized chart of accounts.