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CPE Self-Study
Expenses: Not-for-Profit Accounting & Financial Reporting
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY
Accounting
LEVEL
Basic
CPE CREDITS
Online: 2.5
Learn the basics of accounting for expenses, including recognition, measurement, and financial statement display issues that are unique to NFPs.

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Product details

Who Will Benefit?

  • CPAs, financial professionals and NFP board members who need a basic overview of fair value issues specific to NFPs.

Topics Discussed

  • Reporting of expenses by nature and function
  • Distinguishing between program services and supporting services
  • Expense allocation methods
  • Accounting for joint activities
  • Financial statement presentation and disclosure

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between expenses and losses.
  • Identify the requirements of an NFP’s reporting of expenses by nature and function.
  • Recall the fundraising activities of an NFP and the kinds of expenses related to them.
  • Recognize the proper accounting treatment for expenses from joint activities.

This CPE course is included in the comprehensive Not-for-Profit Certificate 1 Program. It can also be purchased individually or as a part of the Not-for-Profit Accounting and Financial Reporting track.

Not-for-profits (NFPs) exist to fulfill a public benefit or mission. Donors, creditors, and those charged with management and governance of the NFP will often rely on expenses reported in the NFP’s financial statements to assess the efficiency of resources expended to achieve the organization’s mission. In this CPE course, you will learn the basics of accounting for expenses, including recognition, measurement, and financial statement display issues that are unique to NFPs. Topics covered include functional expense allocation methods and accounting for joint activities. You will have an opportunity to work through several real-world examples.

Note: As of August 1, 2018, course content has been updated to reflect implementation of FASB Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) effective for most not-for-profit entities for their next financial reporting period, including those related to financial statement presentation (ASU 2016-14) and revenue recognition (ASU 2014-09 and ASU 2018-08).

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Author(s)

Karen Craig

Karen Craig, CPA, is a consultant providing technical accounting, reporting, finance, and analytical expertise to not-for-profits with a focus on higher education. She holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from California Polytechnic State University and is a licensed CPA in California. From 2002 to 2009, Karen was an Associate Controller at Stanford University where she was responsible for the overall operations of the university's investment accounting, financial reporting, capital accounting, payroll and disbursements departments. Prior to her work at Stanford, she was Controller for a software startup company and a Senior Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Karen hold memberships in the AICPA, in which she is an ex-officio member of the AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Expert Panel, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in which she is a technical advisor to its Accounting Principles Council.

Publisher

American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

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CREDIT INFO
CPE credits
Online
: 2.5
CAE credits
Online: 2.5
NASBA Field of Study
Accounting
Level
Basic
Prerequisites
Knowledge of the not-for-profit industry
ADVANCE PREPARATION
None
Yellow Book Hours
Online - 2.5
Delivery Method
QAS Self-Study
Course acronym
NFP-AFR9
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