Sample Cash flow statement for nonprofits

While the cash flow worksheet gives a month wise break up of cash surplus or cash deficit, the organization still needs to know its annual cash flow position. This is where a cash flow statement (also called the ‘statement of activity’) is drafted.

The figures for the cash flow statement can easily be obtained by comparing the beginning balance sheet and the ending balance sheet data for the given period. The change in balances for each of the components for the nonprofit organization is arrived by subtracting the beginning balance sheet figures from the ending balance sheet figures.

As per US GAAP requirements, all restricted net assets of the nonprofit organization are to be segregated and reported separately from the unrestricted or temporarily restricted funds.

What follows is a sample statement of cash flow for a typical nonprofit organization.

Cash Flow statement for XYZ nonprofit organization

I Amount $$$
Cash Flow from Operating Activities
Cash Received from Unrestricted
Temporarily restricted Contributors
Cash Received from Service Recipients
Grants Paid
Cash paid to Employees and Supplies
Interest Paid
Interest and Dividends Received
Net Cash from Operating Activities  (sum of above)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Purchase of Investments
Fixed Asset Purchases
Net Cash Used for Investing Activities  (sum of above)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Addition to Endowment
Issuance of Long Term Debt
Net Cash from Financing Activities  (sum of above)
Net Increase/ decrease in Cash
Opening Cash Balance
Closing Cash Balance
II. Reconciliation of change in net assets to net cash
provided by operating activities
Change in Net Assets
Depreciation Expense
Restricted Contributions to Endowment
Increase in Pledges Receivable
Increase in Refundable Advances
Increase in Grants Payable
Decrease In Accounts Payable
Increase in Prepaid Expenses
Unrealized Gains in Long-Term Investments
Net Cash Provided by Operations

As can be seen, the cash flow statement is divided into two segments –

1) The main cash flow statement – which states the temporarily and unrestricted cash income.

2) The net asset reconciliation – which indirectly uses the change in net assets figures from the Income/Operating Statement and converts these amounts from the accrual method to cash basis of accounting.

Meaning of terms used here –

Cash Flow from Operating Activities:  This section includes cash flow generated from the core operating activities of the organization. (i.e. activities related to the core mission of the organization.)

Thus it includes cash inflows and outflows resulting from the unrestricted and temporarily restricted funding of the nonprofit organization.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities – This section records the cash inflows/outflows that result in changes of permanently restricted funds. (such as cash inflows/outflows from receipts and payments made from/to donors or creditors with certain permanent underlying stipulations for their usage – like that in endowment funds).

Cash Flows from Investing Activities – Records all cash flows related to Purchase of Investments  or fixed assets for the nonprofit organization.

Net Increase/Decrease in cash – The net increase/decrease in cash obtained at the end indicates the changes in cash position for the nonprofit organization during the given time period.

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Samuel D. Payne is an accountant by profession specializing in nonprofit audit, tax and services.You can contact him for reliable and expert guidance on non-profit accounting and quality auditing services. His areas of speciality include: OMB circular A-133 audits, Exempt Organization tax returns, Internal Controls, Budgeting, Accounting & Bookkeeping , Payroll Processing and Grants Management.

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3 Responses to “Sample Cash flow statement for nonprofits”

  1. Eric says:

    Excellent explanations of the accounting terms used in the Cash Flow Statements.

    This is a extremely helpful itemized list of all the points needed to be addressed in a Cash Flow Statement.

    According to the other information in regards to a cash flow statement for a non-profit this is useful.

    Although it didn’t state what type of Non-profit this cash flow is for.

  2. Sophie says:

    an NPO received cash contributions – 500,000 unrestricted and 300,000 temporarily restricted for equipment during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004.250,000 worth of equipment were bought using the restricted amount on the same year. what would be the increase in net cash by operation in the statement of cash flows for the year ended June 30, 2004?

  3. Phiea says:

    please elaborate further on the operating activities.

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