Where Do Stock Donations Go on the Statement of Cash Flows?

Nonprofit organizations receive donations from a variety of sources and in a variety of ways. Some donations are in cash, others are in the form of property, and some are in the form of stock. There has been diversity in the treatment of stock donations in the statement of cash flows over the years. On October 22, 2012, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) to address this diversity in practice.

ASU 2012-05 provides clarification to the proper classification of these stock donations. If a nonprofit receives a stock donation and immediately converts it to cash, those cash receipts from donated stock are to be classified as inflows from operating activities, unless the donor restricted the use to long-term purposes. If that’s the case, the cash receipt from the sale of the stock is classified as cash flows from financing activities. If the donated stock is not immediately converted to cash, the sale of those financial assets would follow other sales of stock and should be classified as cash flows from investing activities.

This update is effective prospectively for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2013. Retrospective application to all prior periods presented upon the date of the adoption is permitted. Early adoption is also permitted.

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