Developing Leaders Within the Organization

Succession planning for executive leadership is a major concern for many nonprofit organizations, but a significant part of the solution may lie within the organizations themselves. Providing leadership training to managers can help them develop the skills they would need to advance in the organization and ease the burden of searching for replacements for executive…

New Lease Accounting Standards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02. The guidance affects entities, including nonprofits, that lease assets (lessees) and is intended to improve financial reporting of leasing transactions. Under the guidance, lessees must recognize assets and liabilities for leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. This includes both finance…

Putting Your Money Into Timeshares

Does it make sense to buy a timeshare? Negative opinions are easy to find, and there’s little doubt that high-pressure sales pitches may lead to some bad decisions. Nevertheless, millions of Americans own timeshares. Surveys indicate that purchasers tend to be well educated, with comfortable incomes. Can so many capable and accomplished people all be…

Planning for Today’s Pensions

Some observers have commented that few private sector workers can look forward to pensions after retirement. The traditional pension, a lifelong stream of income to a retiree and perhaps a surviving spouse, is becoming a rarity for those who are not long-term government employees. Nevertheless, millions of people do have a form of pension these…

Restructuring Education Debt

With interest rates down for several years, many homeowners have refinanced their home mortgages. Why keep paying, say, 6% on your old home loan when you can save money by replacing it with a new loan charging less than 4%? Does that same reasoning apply to student loans? Can you take advantage of today’s low…

What You Should Know About Student Loans

Recently, concerns about student loans have been in the headlines. In 2015, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York put total student loan debt at $1.16 trillion, greater than outstanding auto loans or credit card balances. Publications such as the New York Times have published articles about “A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of…

Facing College Costs

How much does it cost to send a child to college now? For the 2014–2015 academic year, the College Board puts the average cost of tuition, fees and room and board at private nonprofit four-year schools at over $42,000. The College Board estimates other expenses (including books, supplies and transportation) at $4,000–$5,000. Thus, sending your…