On September 17, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an accounting rule that will provide more detailed information about noncash contributions charities and other non-profit organizations receive known as “gifts in kind.” Here are the details.
Need for Change
Gifts in kind can play an important role in ensuring a charity functions effectively. They may include various goods, services, and time. Examples of contributed nonfinancial assets include:
- Fixed assets, such as land, buildings, and equipment
- The use of fixed assets or utilities
- Materials and supplies, such as food, clothing, or pharmaceuticals
- Intangible assets
- Recognized contributed services
Increased scrutiny by state charity officials and legislators over how charities use and report gifts in kind prompted the FASB to enhance the disclosure requirements. Specifically, some state legislators have been concerned about the potential for charities to overvalue gifts in kind and use the figures to prop up financial information to appear more efficient than they really are. Other worries include the potential for a non-profit to hide wasteful use of its resources.
Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-07, ‘Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation and Disclosures by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets,’ aims to give donors better information without causing non-profits too much cost to provide the information.
The updated standard will provide more prominent presentation of gifts in kind by requiring non-profits to show contributed nonfinancial assets as a separate line item in the statement of activities, apart from contributions of cash and other financial assets. It also calls for enhanced disclosures about the valuation of those contributions and their use in programs and other activities.
Specifically, non-profits will be required to split out the amount of contributed nonfinancial assets it receives by category and in footnotes to financial statements. For each category, the non-profit will be required to disclose the following:
- Qualitative information about whether contributed nonfinancial assets were either monetized or used during the reporting period and, if used, a description of the programs or other activities in which those assets were used
- The non-profit’s policy (if any) for monetizing rather than using contributed nonfinancial assets
- A description of any associated donor restrictions
- A description of the valuation techniques and inputs used to arrive at a fair value measure, in accordance with the requirements in Topic 820, ‘Fair Value Measurement,’ at initial recognition
- The principal market (or most advantageous market) used to arrive at a fair value measurement if it is a market in which the recipient non-profit is prohibited by donor restrictions from selling or using the contributed nonfinancial asset
The new rule will not change the recognition and measurement requirements for those assets, however.
ASU 2020-07 takes effect for annual periods after June 15, 2021 and interim periods within fiscal years after June 15, 2022. Retrospective application is required, and early application is permitted. Contact us for more information.