There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

This practical guide shows how to create and operate a nonprofit accounting system and produce financial statements, all while operating in accordance with nonprofit accounting standards. The course walks the accountant through basic nonprofit accounting concepts and then discusses more advanced topics, including budgeting, controls, ratio analysis, revenue recognition, joint costs, split-interest agreements, tax reporting, and mergers and acquisitions. In short, the course offers a wealth of information for understanding nonprofit transactions and financial statements.

Nonprofit Accounting is designed for financial professionals to use as a reference tool for developing accounting systems and researching the correct accounting to deal with various transactions and reports. With its complete coverage of these topics and more, it will earn a permanent place on your bookshelf.


Steven M. Bragg, CPA

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 70 business books. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast.

Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master of Finance from Bentley College, and a BA from the University of Maine (summa cum laude).

Course Specifics

Mar 19, 2000
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Learning Objectives:

•Cite the criteria used to define a nonprofit organization.

•Specify the essential building blocks of an accounting system.

•Identify the types of nonprofit financial statements and the comparable for-profit financial statements.

•Specify the instances in which revenue and gains can be recognized by a nonprofit.

•Cite the methods used to assign costs to a grant-funded program.

•State the applicable rules related to the recognition of investment assets.

•Identify the costing characteristics of the various cost layering methodologies.

•Identify the options available for recognizing a collection.

•Recall how the 12-month lease exception works.

•Specify the different types of lease payments.

•Recognize the components of net periodic pension cost, and the accounting for a defined contribution plan.

•Identify the types of joint costs, and the tests used to determine whether fundraising costs can be allocated.

•Define the situations in which accounting principles can be changed, and when retrospective application is allowed.

•State the concept of the principal market and the basis upon which fair value is determined.

•Cite the accounting for a contribution receivable, as well as the steps involved in a petty cash reconciliation.

•Identify the accounting associated with split-interest agreements, as well as the nature of lead and remainder interests.

•Specify the circumstances under which the reporting consolidation of two or more entities is required or allowed.

•Recognize the situations in which the carryover and acquisition methods are used, and whether goodwill or an inherent contribution can be recorded for an acquisition transaction.

•State the IRS forms used for various nonprofit tax reporting activities, and the circumstances under which they must be filed.

•Cite the steps involved in closing the books at the end of a reporting period.

•Identify the line items used in nonprofit budgets and cash forecasts. 

•Specify the considerations to be reviewed when creating controls, as well as the controls employed in the cash, fixed asset, payables, and other accounting areas.

•Recognize the considerations involved in setting policies for collections, asset dispositions, and employee labor.

•Cite the types of analysis that can be employed to yield insights into the financial condition and fundraising effectiveness of a nonprofit.

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Our self-study materials are authored by top-quality, industry experts. You’ll receive a bound notebook of all the course materials, shipped to you within one business day. In addition, you’ll also have full online access. Each self-study package includes a robust collection of learning and reference materials to help you cover the information efficiently and put it into practice immediately.

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