oa Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - Accounting requirements for donor-imposed restrictions and the restricted funds of not-for-profit organisations

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-2529



Not-for-profit organisations often experience accounting problems when dealing with the restrictions that donors impose on how the organisations may spend funds. Part of the accountability and stewardship that the managements of not-for-profit organisations assume is adhering to the wishes of donors and reporting compliance with restrictions. Fund accounting is a general phenomenon among not-for-profit organisations. The use of different funds usually stems from the restrictions imposed by donors, and funds are used to account for restricted resources. Separate funds are often used to separate restricted funds from other funds in these organisations, and to present information to the users of financial statements, indicating that the organisation has indeed complied with donor-imposed restrictions. This article discusses the principles of some accounting standards already issued specifically for not-for-profit organisations in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, and presents the results of empirical research on how donor-imposed restrictions could be recorded in the financial statements of not-for-profit organisations.

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