Category: Nonprofit

Why Associations Are Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

By: Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA | Principal, Risk & Advisory Services For years, associations have taken a siloed approach to risk management, focusing on areas like cybersecurity. More are now widening their nets, using ERM to ensure unexpected dangers don’t derail their association. When it comes to risk management, some may think of areas…

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What Every Board Member Should Know about the Financial Statement Audit

By: Omid Mohebbi, CPA | Audit Supervisor As members of a nonprofit board of directors, you and your board colleagues are charged with considering a variety of matters as part of your fiduciary duty to safeguard the organization. Even if you are not part of a designated audit or finance committee, as a member of…

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An Audit Committee Offers Substantial Value Beyond the Audit

By: Laura Malcom, CPA | Audit Manager Most nonprofit organizations today are led by a volunteer board of directors responsible for helping the group achieve its mission while providing sound governance and financial management1. In keeping with their fiduciary duty to provide effective financial oversight, many boards appoint an audit committee if not already required…

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Developing Our Women Leaders Requires Hands-On Involvement

By Jackie Cardello, CPA | Managing Partner What does it mean to inspire young women leaders? It is much more than lip service to hiring and promoting women and internal policies meant to encourage leadership. While progressive policies, leadership development, and mentoring programs are all important, leading by example is the most powerful message. As…

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Be Prepared: Why Enterprise Risk Management is Essential for Nonprofits

By: Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA | Risk & Advisory Services Principal Corporations and organizations have long understood the value of systematic planning for worst-case scenarios to avoid unwelcome surprises, known as enterprise risk management (ERM). ERM is a proactive, multidimensional process of identifying, assessing, cataloguing, and preparing for potential negative organizational outcomes in order…

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Your Secret Nonprofit Fundraising Weapon: IRS Form 990

By: Richard J. Locastro, CPA, JD | Partner and Director of Nonprofit Tax In today’s rough-and-tumble political climate, economic pressures are mounting, fewer people are giving to charity1, and nonprofits are feeling the squeeze. Federal budget cuts have reduced government grants and other resources available to nonprofit organizations2. Perhaps more significantly, the Tax Cuts and…

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Filing Changes for Nonprofits with Group Exemptions

By: Janna Goudarzi, MST | Nonprofit Tax Manager When similar nonprofit organizations can demonstrate a defined relationship, they may qualify for a group exemption by the IRS. Under this scenario, a “central organization” is the parent organization that has one or more subordinates under its general control and is also sometimes referred to as an…

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Foreign Filing Requirements for Exempt Organizations

By: Janna Goudarzi, MST | Nonprofit Tax Manager Exempt organizations (EOs) may be required to provide information on its activities conducted outside the United States on a number of information forms, including Form 990. These reporting requirements don’t just apply to EOs with foreign offices or overseas programs, and penalties for failure to comply can…

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UG Compliance Requires Awardees Address Key Sub-Recipient Risk Areas

By: Tom Netznik, CPA | Nonprofit Audit Manager Whether your organization has historically provided sub-awards to domestic or international nonprofit organizations or is new to these types of transactions, there are important steps you should take to not only ensure compliance with federal regulations, but also protect your organization from possible loss due to unallowable…

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Avoid Penalties Under Unclaimed Property Laws with Best Practices for Compliance

By: Janna Goudarzi, CPA | Nonprofit Tax Manager All 50 states have unclaimed property laws (also known as escheat laws) that require organizations to make reasonable efforts to contact those to whom they owe money or property and then remit any unpaid items to the state. These rules generally apply to all entities, including exempt…

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