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Donor Advised Funds

3 Benefits of Donor-Advised Funds Use of donor-advised funds has increased over time and for good reason—they provide multiple perks to donors. There are more ways to give and more nonprofits to give to than there ever have been, according to the National Philanthropic Trust, a charity that manages nearly $30 billion in charitable assets.…

Tracking Nonprofit Trust

For nonprofits, trust is everything More people trust nonprofits than other institutions, therefore, upholding financial integrity is critical. Trust is earned, and nonprofits can show they are responsible stewards of donor money through clear and accurate finance and accounting practices.  A nonprofit’s success is, to a degree, a reflection of the extent to which people…

Your organization received an unexpected influx of funding. Now what?

Receiving unrestricted funds can be a blessing for any nonprofit, but the key to leveraging a windfall is in how well you plan.  The best gifts come without strings attached. For nonprofits, these come in the form of unrestricted funds. These donations allow organizations the freedom to use or distribute the money where they see…

Is Your Nonprofit Sitting on Too Much Cash?

Maintaining a cash reserve is key to an organization’s financial strategy. But don’t let too much excess cash just sit there — use it to invest in your mission. Investing isn’t something that most people consider themselves experts in. For many of us, making investment decisions is usually tied to distinct moments in our lives,…

Maximizing Nonprofit Effectiveness: A Guide for Boards and Management

Navigating the dynamics between nonprofit boards and management can be daunting. But mutual understanding and effective communication can propel your organization toward its goals. In the nonprofit world, the synergy between an organization’s leaders and its board members forms the foundation for success. Collaboration, communication, and mutual respect are essential components for driving impactful change.…

5 Ways to Elevate Your Nonprofit’s Rating

Han Group experts share tips on how to elevate your GuideStar profile — and achieve well earned recognition. Reaching Platinum status on GuideStar is a worthwhile goal that any nonprofit would be proud to achieve. But more importantly, the journey to reach this top tier on GuideStar — the go-to clearinghouse that rates nonprofits based…

News Flash: 2024 Uniform Guidance Updates for Recipients of Federal Funds

The most extensive changes to the Uniform Guidance in ten years are slated for an effective date of October 1, 2024.  Here we share highlights of key changes of impact to nonprofit recipients of federal funding:  HIGHLIGHTS of KEY CHANGES: Single Audit Requirement Threshold Raised from $750,000 to $1,000,000  De Minimis Indirect Cost Rate Raised…

3 Ways Nonprofits Are Using AI 

Nonprofits can reap the benefits of AI by starting small, prioritizing trust, and remembering that the best results rely on human oversight.  Nonprofits are facing persistent staffing headwinds in 2024. Burnout, high turnover, and high vacancy rates can make it difficult to meet program goals, prompting nonprofit leaders to ask: how can we do more…

Critical Tax Deadlines for Nonprofits This April

Ensure your nonprofit stays on track with these must-know tax filing dates. April marks a significant period for nonprofits, not only as a precursor to the May 15 deadline for 990 filings but also as a month punctuated with critical deadlines of its own. The following list of April tax deadlines highlights filings that, while…

Safeguard your tax-exempt status with flawless finance records

Nonprofits should have a document management system in place to ensure accurate recordkeeping. Poor recordkeeping can jeopardize nonprofit organizations’ tax-exempt status. Organizations must retain certain records to maintain lawful compliance with the US government to protect their status. Without certain documents, nonprofit organizations are subject to lose their exempt status and could be further penalized.…

Burnout Becomes Big Threat Facing Nonprofits

Beyond being short-staffed for program and service delivery, organizations also face risks when they are short-staffed in their finance department. Nearly half of nonprofit leaders said staff issues were the biggest challenges their organizations faced in early 2023, according to the State of Nonprofits 2023 report from The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). The main…

What every nonprofit board should know about your 990

A nonprofit leader’s guide to reviewing 990s with your board. As a nonprofit leader, one of your main responsibilities is providing the board of directors the insight and resources they need to bring your nonprofit’s mission to life. Part of that job is presenting financial documents, like the annual Federal Form 990, which is an…

Webinar: Navigating Nonprofit Rules for Political Activity

With the 2024 presidential election heating up, nonprofit organizations that participate in political activity need to ensure they understand and follow all rules regarding political activity and lobbying. It’s an election year, which means increased political activity. As always, it’s critical for nonprofits to properly follow the rules around political activity and lobbying. To provide…

3 Things to Know When Creating a Reserves Plan

Preparing for the unexpected is a given in the nonprofit sector. Because nonprofit leaders know that their organization’s financial status can change relatively quickly, especially if a major funder discontinues support. A 2023 study of nonprofit financial health uncovered the troubling reality that many nonprofits face: In 2022, there was a 10% decrease in donor…

Navigating compliance as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization

Here’s a helpful guide for these organizations, especially when it comes to political activity and lobbying. Nonprofit leaders understand all too well that they have a profound duty when it comes to legal and ethical oversight of their organization’s activities. Congress’s chief tax-writing arm, the Committee on Ways and Means, recently announced it was evaluating…

Han Group Joins Prestigious International Accounting Association LEA Global

As a firm built on collective expertise and a passion for empowering nonprofits, we’re thrilled to be part of LEA Global’s mission of enabling members to achieve more together. We are excited to announce that Han Group has recently been accepted into LEA Global, a professional association connecting over 140 of the world’s top accounting…

It’s about to get easier to communicate with the IRS. Here’s why.

The IRS’s new fiscal year guidance plan lays out strategic goals that aim to improve efficiency, communication, and customer experience. By Han Group The IRS’s new fiscal year guidance plan is focused on improving the taxpayer experience and interaction with the agency, said Deep Master, a Tax Manager at Han Group who helps nonprofit clients…

Trends in funding and donor flexibility signal opportunity for nonprofits in 2024

Nonprofits are built for moments of difficulty. While the impact of the pandemic, inflation, and revolutions in the labor market, to name a few challenges from recent years, have presented difficulties for many organizations, nonprofits are built for—and often built in response to—difficult times. Recent challenges may have even sparked positive changes that are beneficial…

New Rules Increase Accountability for Supporting Organizations

New Treasury rules tighten oversight of supporting nonprofits — organizations designed specifically to provide support to a public charity. Here are five ways these rules may affect the relationship between supporting and supported organizations. The Treasury Department recently issued new guidance to ensure that supporting organizations are serving the interests of their affiliated public charities.…

Navigating Nonprofit Audits: 5 Simple Lessons

The key to a smooth audit starts with a year-round approach to planning.  Taking stock at the end of a year is an important way for a nonprofit to track its successes and highlight opportunities for growth. An organization might track how many people it served or how many new volunteers it engaged. It might…

Does Your 990 Tell a Story? It Should.

There’s hidden potential in your nonprofit’s annual tax form. If you work for a nonprofit, you may have played a role in filling out Form 990, an annual reporting document that most tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS.  Properly filing a 990 is essential to keeping a nonprofit’s tax-exempt status, and failure to do…

Public Accounting’s True Potential

There’s a CPA shortage stemming, in part, from a misperception that accountants perform monotonous, boring tasks. But those of us in the industry know how invigorating it can feel to empower our clients to achieve their missions. I’m a fan of the legal drama Suits, which follows the lives of ego-driven, well-dressed attorneys at a…

Dive into “Underwater Endowments” in GWSCPA’s featured article by Jan McDaid, CPA, of Han Group

  McDaid’s article, published on the GWSCPA’s Nonprofit Accounting Basics website, explores the essential components of an organization’s underwater endowments such as: When is an endowment considered underwater? How are underwater endowments properly displayed on the financial statements? What additional information is required to be disclosed in the notes to the financial statements? And other key information. Check out this…

News Flash: Important News for Nonprofits

PPP Loan Forgiveness Deadline – Don’t Miss It! Can you skip the wait for your Bank’s PPP Loan Forgiveness process? – SBA Launches New Direct Portal for Loan Forgiveness 2nd Draw PPP – SBA Introduces COVID Revenue Reduction Score Extension of Deferral now Possible for PPP Loans in Appeals Process IRS reviewing EIN status –…

Han Group Selected as a Best Accounting Firm to Work For

We are honored to be recognized by Accounting Today as one of the “Best Firms to Work For”! This award is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession. Read Article “The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession, they are outstanding places to build a career.” Daniel…

Office Spotlight: Brady Saunders on Nonprofits

Working with nonprofits gives members of our team a unique perspective on not only accounting and consulting, but also their personal lives. Brady Saunders, Audit Supervisor, explained what he thought the most important elements of nonprofit service were and how his work with nonprofits has impacted his life. Saunders has been at Han Group since…

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Working with Han Group has assisted our Finance Team in becoming more efficient and detailed in the complicated nonprofit accounting environment. Its staff has been detail oriented and exacting, which has strengthened our team’s reporting skills. We have been audited for individual projects by several international auditing firms and have continued to have unqualified reports due to Han Group’s requirements over the years.
Richard, Promundo Global
As a small nonprofit organization, we never received much attention from our past auditors until we met the principals at Han Group. Han Group made us feel our needs matter by always being available and reachable throughout the year.
Philip, Project Northstar
The change in auditors and completing new Federal Form 990 seemed like a daunting task, however, the audit team led by Jennifer Han made this process much easier and smoother than I imagined.  We really appreciate their focus on heavy planning and coordination to make this process easy.
Mary, Fraternal Order of Police, MPD Labor Committee
The Han Group difference is that they care about our mission as a nonprofit organization and want to see us be successful in delivering upon that mission. Working directly with Jennifer, the firm’s leader, means that your organization takes priority and receives high quality attention regardless of your budget size.
Robert, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
I must say, Jennifer Han is more concerned about our deadlines than our staff, including me!  She makes sure that all our audit and tax deadlines are met and gives us enough time for our review before the deadlines. Jennifer and her team really make this part of my duty easier.
Kim, Advocates for Justice and Education
Working with Han Group has allowed us to demonstrate to potential funders and partners alike that financial management is something that we take seriously, enhancing our profile as we grew from a startup to a more mature organization.
Robert, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

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