Accounting Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Financial Management and Accounting

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations


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U.S. Internal Revenue Service

To maintain tax exempt status as a nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code, it is essential to remain in compliance with the conditions and constraints accompanying that status. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a wide range of resources related to compliance and filing returns. See the Charities and Nonprofits tab on the IRS home page.


Several IRS publications that may be helpful are:

Accounting Periods and Methods, Publication 538

Starting a Business and Keeping Records, Publication 583

Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities, Publication 4221-PC


Online Compendium of Federal and State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations

This site offers a central location for both state and federal regulations that apply to nonprofit organizations. This includes a section on the critical issues in financial accounting regulation.


California Association of Nonprofits

Many resources, but especially helpful is a unified chart of accounts cross-referenced to IRS Form 990 and Form 990EZ by line item.


Free Management Library SM

Basic Guide to Nonprofit Financial Management

Managing Your Nonprofit’s Finances and Taxes

This site offers a comprehensive library of management information, including financial management information, for nonprofit organizations.


Nonprofit Good Practice Guide

Nonprofit management information and resources from a university-based Nonprofit Leadership Institute.


The Nonprofit Resource Center

This site focuses on accounting standards and government regulations for nonprofit organizations.






Anthony, Robert N. and Young, D.W.  Management Control in Nonprofit Organizations. Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2002.


Dropkin, Murray, Halpin, Jim, and LaTouche, Bill. The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide for Managers and Boards. The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Guidebook Series, 2007.


Finkler, Steven A. Financial Management for Public, Health and Nof-for-Profit Organizations (2nd Edition), 2005.


Maddox, David C.  Budgeting for Not-for-Profit Organizations. Wiley, 1999.


Ruegg, Debra. L. and Venkatrathnam, Lisa M. Bookkeeping Basics: What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know.




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Title: Accounting Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
Module: Finance/Accounting
Audience: Administrator
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Procedure: Where to find guidance for nonprofit accounting
Organization Source: Pass It On Center
Last Reviewed: 10-25-2009 6:37 PM