Sage 300 & New FASB Nonprofit Accounting Standards

Not-for-Profit FASB Financial Reporting Updates in Sage 300

The current not-for-profit reporting model has been in place for more than 20 years. In an effort to simplify and improve financial reporting for not-for-profit organizations, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced in August of 2016 an update to the current standards. While the new standards do not take effect until December 15, 2017 (that is, fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017), early application is allowed and encouraged.

The hope is that these changes will make ongoing non-profit financial statement preparation easier, but in the short term there will be some effort required to modify your nonprofit’s financial statement templates.

Sage 300 Reporting and FASB

In Sage 300 (formerly known as Sage Accpac), financial statements are usually generated in one of two places; the Financial Reporter or the Sage Intelligence module.

If you use the Sage 300 Financial Reporter, you will need to use the Statement Designer to modify your statement templates. For example, if you are not already using the Direct Method for your Statement of Cash Flows, you will need to copy or modify you Indirect Statement of Cash Flows as a Statement of Cash Flows using the Direct Method is now required. (It is worth noting an Indirect Statement of Cash Flows is optional.)

If you use Sage Intelligence for your financial reporting needs, you will need to modify your statement templates in the Report Manager program. For example, if you need to update your Statement of Changes in Net Assets, you will need to run your existing statement, make your modifications, then right-click and “Save Excel Template” from the Report Manager.

Sage 300 Financial Reporter Statement Designer
Example of new Statement of Changes in Net Assets format.

For both the Sage 300 Financial Reporter and Sage Intelligence it is a good idea to make backup copies of your existing financial statement templates before make any modifications.

Summary of FASB Reporting Changes

The reporting requirements in the following areas are being revised:

  • Classification of Net Assets
    • Updated net asset classification scheme to two classes
    • Changes to underwater endowment accounting
    • Enhanced disclosures
  • Investment Return Calculation
    • Present investment return net of external and direct internal investment expenses
    • No longer required to disclose netted expenses
  • Presentation of Expenses
    • Requirement to report expenses by function (already required), nature, and an analysis showing the relationship between function and nature
  • Tracking Liquidity
    • Quantitative & qualitative disclosures about liquidity and availability of resources
  • Presentation of Operating Cash Flows (using the “direct method,” not the “indirect method”)
    • Continue to allow direct or indirect method for operating cash flows
    • Indirect reconciliation no longer required for direct method

For full details, read the announcement put out by FASB in August 2016.

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