Underwater Endowment Considerations for Nonprofits Implementing the New Financial Statement Presentation Framework
AAFCPAs advises nonprofits in assessing the impact of the new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, and we provide guidance throughout the transition process. The new financial statement framework affects nonprofit organizations in all industries (i.e. healthcare, affordable housing, social services, foundations, and education) and is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 (CY 2018 or FY 2019).
ASU 2016-14 defines an underwater endowment fund as a donor-restricted endowment fund for which the fair value of the fund at the reporting date is less than either the original gift amount or the amount required to be maintained by the donor or by law (i.e. UPMIFA). Nonprofits now will be required to report the underwater amount within net assets with donor restrictions.
Substantially all states have adopted a version of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act of 2006 (UPMIFA). Under UPMIFA, a nonprofit is permitted to spend from endowment funds even if the fair value has fallen below the original gift or level required by donor or law. Nevertheless, a nonprofit is required to disclose the following information related to the underwater endowment funds:
- Its interpretation of the ability to spend from underwater endowment funds, and
- The actions taken during the period concerning appropriation from underwater endowment funds.
During implementation, AAFCPAs advises nonprofit clients to update endowment investment and spending policies surrounding underwater endowment funds, and ensure that the nonprofit has proper policies and procedures in place in order to obtain information for the following required disclosures in the financial statements:
- Nonprofit’s governing board’s interpretation of the law, including its interpretation of the ability to spend from underwater endowment funds.
- Spending policy, including any actions taken during the period concerning appropriation from underwater endowment funds.
- Related investment policies.
- Aggregate amount of all underwater endowment funds.
- Aggregate amount of the original endowment gifts or level required by donor or law to be maintained.
- Aggregate amount by which the original gift’s amount exceeds the fair value (deficiencies), which are to be classified as part of net assets with donor restrictions.
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AAFCPAs advises nonprofits in assessing the impact of the new standards, and provides guidance throughout the transition process. In addition, we advise clients on reviewing and updating accounting policies and procedures to reflect any changes, including solutions for processing information and producing financial reporting in line with the new reporting standard. Learn more. >>
If you have any additional questions about how the new ASU will impact you, please contact Matt Hutt, CPA, CGMA, at 774.512.4043, firstname.lastname@example.org; Hui-Ting Grady, CPA, at 774.512.4106, email@example.com; or your AAFCPAs Partner.