The CFO'S Perspective

Certainty in Uncertain Times

In uncertain times businesses need continued access to experienced bookkeepers and accountants to keep cash flowing. Whether the need is part-time, interim, or project-based, a third-party financial professional can offer the information needed to make strategic business decisions. This need does not change when people are working remotely. In fact, with so many businesses temporarily pausing operations, the need for bookkeepers and accountants is likely greater than ever before.

While the future may be uncertain, there is one immutable certainty – businesses still have access to the reputable, qualified bookkeepers and accountants that they need to keep their organizations afloat. These kinds of key personnel aren’t going anywhere and are available to help businesses navigate today’s unique challenges.

Topics: Finance Accounting Hiring Change Management Transition COVID-19

Understanding New Revenue Recognition Guidelines for Nonprofits

For many nonprofit organizations, revenue recognition is one of the most challenging accounting issues they encounter.  The guidelines governing the recognition and classification of revenue are now, however, undergoing significant change.

Topics: Accounting Non Profit Organizations Financial Reports Audit

Accounting and Reporting for Stock Gift Donations to Nonprofits

Last week I shared an overview about recording non-cash gifts and the opportunity for a nonprofit organization to accurately present the types and value of contributions it receives to support its mission. 

Today we review a related topic: Stock gift donations.

The easiest type of donations for nonprofits to accept are unrestricted cash donations. While everyone loves cash, what if you could supercharge your organization’s growth by accepting other types of non-cash gifts—like stocks?

Topics: Accounting Non Profit Organizations Philanthropy Portland

In-Kind Donations Accounting and Reporting for Nonprofits

Most non-profit organizations rely on gifts from other businesses and the public at large to achieve their goals. These come in the form of both tangible property and personal services (collectively nonfinancial gifts), which are referred to as in-kind contributions. 

Recording these non-cash gifts allows a nonprofit organization to accurately present the types and value of contributions it receives to support its mission. Even though in-kind gifts are a major source of support for many nonprofits, recording and reporting them properly can present some unique challenges.

Topics: Accounting Non Profit Organizations Philanthropy Portland

Common Small Business Bookkeeping Problems and Solutions

It's a tough environment for small businesses in the United States, particularly new ones. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost 20% fail in their first year and only about half make it to five years. The threats are piling up, and they range from failing to find a viable product or service to customer service gaffes and even cybersecurity issues. But some of the biggest problems that small businesses face are financial in nature.

Financial woes can impact a company of any size. 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the height of the financial crisis when regulators walked into Seattle's Washington Mutual and shut down one of this nation's largest regional savings and loans for good. Few longtime area residents have forgotten the impact that Frederick & Nelson had on the area's retail scene, before becoming victim to some strategic and financial missteps. Whether a company is large or small, public or private, many of these issues begin at the granular level.

Topics: Accounting Bookkeeping