Assurance

Not-for-Profit Assurance Resources 

This page provides information and resources for financial statement audits of not-for-profit entities (NFPs). 

Auditors wishing to access information about Yellow Book engagements and single audits should visit the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center.  
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Auditor Communications
Auditors are required to communicate certain matters to those charged with governance of the NFP. In cases where a communication is required, an auditor should refer to the AICPA Professional Standards and the related application and explanatory material included within the authoritative standards. The following documents are resources to assist with communicating essential information to your NFP audit clients.  
 
Checklist of  Required Communications (Word) 
Download this reference checklist to see a listing of required communications to management and those charged with governance. It includes references to the applicable auditing standards.

Identifying, Evaluating and Communicating Deficiencies in Internal Control (PDF)  New!
This comprehensive practice aid provides examples of internal control deficiencies, risk factors that may indicate that deficiencies exist, and sample client communications for auditors of not-for-profits.

Sample Engagement Letter (Word)

Sample Internal Control Communications:
    Material Weaknesses Identified (Word) 
    No Material Weaknesses Identified (Word) 
    Matters Identified at an Interim Date (Word) 
    Other Matters - Significant or Material (Word) 
    Management Letter - Other Deficiencies (Word)   

 
Audit Reports

The following documents are resources to assist with audit reports.

Opinion Letter Templates

Unmodified:
Standard Letter (Word) 
Change in Accounting Principle (Word) 
Comparative Statements (Word) 
Comparative Statements Including Statements of Functional Expenses (Word) 
Summarized Prior Year (Word) 
Emphasis of a Matter: Going Concern (Word) 

Other:
GAAP Departure with Comparative Statements (Word) 
Unmodified Prior Year Qualified Current Year (Word) 
Adverse - GAAP Departure (Word) 
Disclaimer - Scope Limitation (Word) 

Account Workpapers

NFPs have unique reporting requirements under GAAP. The following account workpapers are provided as examples of accounts that require special consideration.

Promises to Give (Xls) 
Property and Equipment (Xls) 
Endowment (Xls) 
Investment Balances and Account Reconciliations (Xls) 
Investment Rollforward (Xls) 
Alternative Investments (Xls) 
Long-term Debt Rollforward (Xls) 
Analysis of Debt (Xls) 
Net Assets - Netting Restricted Contributions Received in Same Year (Xls) 
Net Assets - No Netting of Temporarily Restricted Contributions (Xls) 
Net Assets - Additions and Releases of Restrictions (Xls) 

 
Risk Management for NFPs 

The following resources were developed to assist auditors of NFPs with client education regarding risk management, design and implementation of internal controls. 

Opportunities for Fraud in Not-for-Profit Entities: Contributions vs Exchange Transactions (Article)  New! 
Addressing the Risk of Cyberattacks in Not-for-Profits (Article)
An Ounce of Prevention: Combating Fraud in Not-for-Profits (Article)
Audit Committee Toolkit (PDF)
Increasing Risk Awareness in Not-for-Profits (PDF)  
IT Controls for Not-for-Profit Entities (PDF)  

Segregation of Duties Reference Charts for Small Not-for-Profits:
     Organizations with 4+ employees (PDF)
     Organizations with 3 employees (PDF)
     Organizations with 2 employees (PDF)  

Recommended CPE

Do you or your firm provide assurance services for not-for-profit clients? Get the targeted learning you need to perform highly effective audit engagements. The following CPE-eligible courses were developed by leading experts in coordination with the Section's technical staff. The following courses may be accessed on demand via the AICPA Store:   

     Applying the COSO ERM Framework in the Not-for-Profit Environment 
     Ethical Issues in Not-for-Profits
     Not-for-Profit Auditing Considerations
     Planning the Not-for-Profit Audit Engagement
     Risk Assessment and Internal Controls for Not-for-Profits

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