Project Update

Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities
(Project was renamed after the project on Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting: Other Financial Communications was removed from the Board's technical agenda.)

Last updated on March 24, 2015. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.

(Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)

The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.

*Project Objective(s)
*Decisions Reached at Last Meeting
*Summary of Decisions Reached to Date
*Next Steps
*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
Background Information
Contact Information

*Project Objective(s)

The objective of this project is to reexamine existing standards for financial statement presentation by not-for-profit entities (NFP), focusing on improving:

  1. Net asset classification requirements
  2. Information provided in financial statements and notes about liquidity, financial performance, and cash flows. 
An October 2014 podcast outlines the reasons why this project was added to the FASB’s technical agenda and provides an update on significant decisions reached during the project, including how those decisions address the project objectives.

*Decisions Reached at Last Meeting (March 4, 2015)

The Board continued its discussions from the February 25, 2015 meeting on the proposed Accounting Standards Update, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954)—Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.

The Board decided that the overall expected benefits of the proposed financial reporting changes justify the perceived costs of preparing and using the information, subject to consideration of other input and information received through public exposure and related outreach. The Board also considered input received at the March 3, 2015 Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee meeting and decided to include a question in the forthcoming Exposure Draft to seek input on the presentation of equity transfers.

Additionally, the Board directed the staff to proceed with drafting the Exposure Draft of the proposed Accounting Standards Update for vote by written ballot. The Board expects to issue an Exposure Draft for public comment by mid-April.

*Summary of Decisions Reached to Date (March 4, 2015)

Please see the linked PDF for a summary of decisions reached to date.

*Next Steps

The Board directed the staff to proceed to preparing a draft of the proposed Update for vote by written ballot. The Board intends to issue an Exposure Draft by mid-April, and the comment period will end on July 31, 2015.

*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates

The Board meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.

*March 4, 2015 Board Meeting—Overall Benefits, Costs, and Complexities and Permission to Ballot
*February 25, 2015 Board Meeting—Sweep Issues, Transition, Indication of Effective Date, Comment Period Length, and Update on Overall Benefits, Costs, and Complexities
October 8, 2014 Board Meeting—Consideration of Benefits, Costs, and Complexities, including Alternatives to Reduce Complexities related to Capital-like Transactions and Board Designations, Appropriations, and Transfers
August 27, 2014 Board Meeting—Note Disclosures on Salaries and Benefits Expense, Cost-Allocation, and Tax-Exempt Status
July 23, 2014 Board Meeting—Capital-Like Transactions; Intersection of NFPFS Project with Financial Performance Reporting Research Project
June 18, 2014 Board Meeting—Clarification of the Board’s Tentative Decision: Presentation and Disclosure of Investment Expenses; Capital-Like Transactions; Note Disclosures of Not-for-Profit Entities
May 28, 2014 Board Meeting—Presentation and Disclosure of Information about Liquidity
May 14, 2014 Board Meeting—Presentation and Disclosure of Investment Expenses, Foundation Outreach, and Health Care Outreach and Performance Indicator
March 12, 2014 Board Meeting—Presentation and Disclosure of Liquidity
February 26, 2014 Board Meeting—Presentation of Revenues, Expenses, and Other Changes in Net Assets; Presentation and Disclosure of Investment Expenses
December 18, 2013 Board Meeting—The Statement of Functional Expenses
December 11, 2013 Education Session—The Statement of Functional Expenses
October 23, 2013 Board Meeting—The Statement of Cash Flows
October 2, 2013 Education Session—Liquidity and The Statement of Cash Flows
September 4, 2013 Board Meeting—Net Asset Classes: Classification and Disclosure Requirements
May 29, 2013 Education Session—Net Asset Classes: Background, Stakeholder Concerns, Plans for Revisiting the Net Asset Classes
May 29, 2013 Board Meeting—Operating Measure: Definition and Presentation
May 15, 2013 Education Session—Operating Measure: Definition (cont.)
March 28, 2013 Education Session—Operating Measure: Definition (cont.)
January 31, 2013 Education Session—Operating Measure: Background, Objectives, Definition
June 6, 2012 Board MeetingProject Plan 
May 16, 2012 Education Session—Handout 
November 9, 2011 Board Meeting—Agenda Announcement

Background Information

On November 9, 2011, the FASB chairman announced (press release) the addition of two agenda projects—this standards-setting project and a research project (Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting: Other Financial Communications)—intended to improve financial reporting of not-for-profit entities. The objectives of these projects encompass suggestions received by the Board from its Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) at the Committee’s September 2011 meeting. The staff discussed the plans and approach for both projects with the NAC at its March 2012 and September 2012 meetings. Subsequent and ongoing discussions are held with members of the project resource group as well as members of NAC. The NAC page contains handouts and minutes from the NAC meetings.

On January 29, 2014 Agenda prioritization meeting, the Board voted to remove Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting: Other Financial Communications project (press release). This decision and potential alternatives were discussed with NAC at its March 2014 meeting.

Contact Information

Ronald J. Bossio
Senior Project Manager

Richard Cole
Project Manager

Andrea Willette
Postgraduate Technical Assistant

Christopher Dickson
Postgraduate Technical Assistant