On April 22, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), in Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-230, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, made available to the public its first major proposed changes to not-for-profit accounting in over 20 years. The goal of the FASB is to improve the usefulness of not-for-profit financial statements to the various stakeholders, including management, directors, lenders, and donors.
A preliminary review of the proposal indicates changes include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A simplification of the net asset classification scheme with enhanced disclosures,
- A presentation of two measures of performance in the statement of activities – available amounts that have been generated by or directed at carrying out the mission of a not-for-profit organization in the current period, both before and after any governing board actions affecting that availability,
- A requirement for the statement of cash flows be presented using the direct method of reporting, and
- A requirement for disclosures that deal with a not-for-profit organization’s liquidity and how it is managed.
The full proposal can be accessed on the FASB website (http://www.fasb.org/home) and comments on its contents are being accepted through August 20, 2015. Keiter will have a thorough analysis of the proposal in its May 2015 Not-For-Profit newsletter.
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