CohnReznick 2017 Not-for-Profit Governance and Financial Management Survey

    Optimism Amid Uncertainty: Addressing Revenue, Risk, and the New Accounting Standards

    The 2017 CohnReznick Not-for-Profit Governance and Financial Management Survey finds that not-for-profit industry leaders are feeling much more confident about their organizations' governance practices. 65% of respondents reported being “very confident” in their organizations’ governance policies and procedures—the highest confidence level in three years. 

    Just 3% reported that they are “not confident.” Much of this growing sense of security in governance lies in the action steps the organizations have taken. From IT-related measures, such as cybersecurity breach response planning to non-IT-related actions, like record recovery and disaster recovery plans, organizations are increasingly implementing governance and risk management policies to protect themselves.

    Report highlights include:

    • IT and Cybersecurity appear to be a greater concern for NFPs in 2017 versus 2016
    • More organizations are reporting that they are conducting self-assessments and training programs
    • Diversity & Inclusion: 57% of respondents believe that their organizations are at least “fairly diverse,” just 31% have the same feeling about their board
    • Only one quarter of respondents said that they either have a good understanding of, or feel comfortable implementing, ASU 2016-14 – the new financial reporting standard for not-for profit organizations
    CohnReznick cannot stress enough the importance for not-for-profit organizations to review the information needed for applying the three new standards (ASU 2016-14, Lease Accounting, and Revenue Recognition) and to devise a precise plan for implementation. We can assist your organization with a process for understanding and implementing one or more of the new standards.

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    John Alfonso

    John Alfonso

    CPA, CGMA, Partner - Not-for-Profit & Education Industry Leader

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