5 tips to help you prepare for year-end inventory counts

How accurate is the amount reported in your company’s perpetual inventory system? To best answer that question, a physical count is essential at year end. For calendar-year entities, year end is fast approaching on December 31. Planning tips Though physical counts may be seen as time consuming and disruptive, a well-executed count of what’s on-hand […]

The audit is over. Now what?

Whew! That’s probably your reaction when outside experts announce that their audit of your not-for-profit is complete. But even if auditors have left your premises and returned the documents they’ve reviewed, the work isn’t really over. Not only do your executive director and board need to review the audit report, but it may be necessary […]

A financial dashboard can take your nonprofit where it wants to go

Does your board have a quick and easy way to assess your not-for-profit’s financial performance? It does if it has a dashboard with carefully chosen and up-to-date key performance indicators (KPIs). Waters|Ortiz can help set up dashboards to provide critical information to multiple audiences regarding specific goals and fundraising campaigns. Here’s how you can get started. […]

New accounting rules for supplier finance programs

Does your company use supplier finance programs to buy goods or services? If so, and if you must adhere to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), there will be changes starting next year. At that time, you must disclose the full terms of supplier finance programs, including assets pledged to secure the transaction. Here are […]

Lost your tax-exempt status? Here’s how to regain it

So you forgot to file your not-for-profit’s Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N with the IRS. It can happen — particularly with newer organizations that are still trying to get a handle on all the financial and regulatory requirements of running a nonprofit. However, if you forget to file three years in a row, you could face […]

FASB proposes last-minute changes to lease accounting rules

Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842, Leases, requires organizations to report the full magnitude of their long-term lease obligations on their balance sheets — a historic first. For private companies and nonprofits, the changes take effect this year. Public entities adopted the rules in 2019. While the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) conducts its post-implementation review […]

How your nonprofit can break bad budget habits

Autumn is here and many not-for-profits are starting to think about their 2023 budgets. If your budget process is on autopilot, you might want to pause and think about changing things up this year—particularly if you’ve experienced recent shortfalls or found your budget to be less resilient than is ideal. Here’s how to rethink budgeting. A holistic […]

Promoting your nonprofit with your annual report

Do you think about your not-for-profit’s annual report as a yearly obligation or even an unpleasant chore? If so, your annual report likely isn’t much fun to read — and you’re missing a chance to attract and engage critical audiences. Instead, embrace this opportunity to communicate the good your organization does and promote your mission […]

Take your audit to the next level – utilize advice from your management letter

Maintaining the status quo in today’s volatile marketplace can be risky. To succeed, businesses need to “level up” by being proactive and adaptable. But some managers may be unsure where to start or they’re simply out of new ideas. Fortunately, when audited financial statements are delivered, they’re accompanied by a management letter that suggests ways […]