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Abstract: After the FASB’s 2014 release of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, many nonprofits were confused about whether grants and similar contracts were covered by these new revenue recognition rules. The FASB’s subsequent issuance of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made, was intended to provide some helpful answers. But the second ASU apparently left a significant number of stakeholders with some questions, particularly regarding the effect of budget requirements and cost-sharing provisions. In response, the FASB has released a Q&A, which this article highlights.