Making sense of FASB’s new accounting standard for nonprofits
Abstract: The FASB recently released its first update to the financial reporting rules for nonprofits since 1993. The new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, will affect the financial statements of most nonprofits when it takes effect. This article explains the standard’s new net asset classes, how liquidity and available resources reporting has changed, and the new requirements for reporting expenses and investment return. How to present operating cash flows is also briefly discussed. A sidebar outlines the FASB’s goals for the new standard.