Footnotes tell a story – What constituents can glean from your financial statements
Abstract: When reviewing financial statements, nonprofit board members and managers sometimes make the mistake of focusing solely on bottom-line figures, but these statements also may include a wealth of information in their disclosures. Savvy constituents and potential supporters know this, so nonprofit executives need to be familiar with the common types of disclosures and the information they make available for scrutiny. This article notes the information that statements provide regarding accounting policies, related party transactions, contingencies and other matters. A sidebar describes a particular Form 990 disclosure that has gotten renewed attention.