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Funding shortages, succession planning, new accounting standards, evolving technologies, and the need for improved board governance can burden even the most established not-for-profit organizations. While you focus on your mission, our nonprofit industry experts can help you develop a sustainable business model that supports increasing community needs.

When you serve more than 1,000 not-for-profit organizations and have over 90 years of experience, you gain perspective, and you develop a specialized expertise. Whether arts and cultural institutions, foundations, social service agencies, trade and professional associations, religious organizations, or private education organizations, we have what it takes to build, grow, and sustain a successful not-for-profit organization — and we’re here to help at every stage along the way.


New FASB standard
Nonprofits' presentation of financial statements

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Revenue recognition roadmap

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Ready for the new revenue recognition standard?
It's critical to begin planning now for the new revenue recognition standard to ensure compliance and minimize operational impacts. Our industry-specific guides can help you simplify adoption.
Christa LaBrosse
Article July 01, 2017 1 min read
With the new revenue recognition standard, it pays to be proactive
Shelly Gower
Article October 25, 2016 2 min read
Will policy changes affect revenue recognition implementation?
David Grubb
Article March 06, 2017 1 min read
Revenue recognition: The longer you wait, the less you know
Christa LaBrosse
Webinar November 10, 2016 76 min watch

Revenue Recognition
Not-for-Profit Guide

Managing risk

Managing risk: Protecting people and data
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Asset/liability management: Will your model pass regulatory scrutiny
Are you prepared to meet regulatory expectations for your asset/liability management model? Here are four steps to take to confirm your model is performing in accordance with regulatory guidance and standards.
Steve Hayes
Article September 11, 2017 1 min read
A comprehensive examination of SOC for Cybersecurity
Krystle Beseler
Article August 30, 2017 4 min read
Turning risk into opportunity: Five questions to ask
Doug Farmer
Article August 28, 2017 8 min read
Assess enterprise-wide risk management with SOC for Cybersecurity
Tim Bowling
Article August 15, 2017 6 min read

Not For Profit Thought Leadership

  • Nonprofit crisis communication: Weathering a storm
    Organizations that fare poorly in crises often do so because they’re not prepared. Here’s what you need to know to manage crisis communications.
    John R. Bebes
    Article July 17, 2017 3 min read
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  • Financial statements and the audit process may not be for the fainthearted
    Reviewing financial statements and undergoing the audit process often intimidate and overwhelm volunteer directors and audit committee members. Here are our top six best practices to help you manage a low-stress process.
    John R. Bebes
    Article April 28, 2017 3 min read
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  • Key responsibilities nonprofit board members should master
    Charged with providing direction, guidance, and oversight, nonprofit boards keep an eye toward the future and help ensure that the organization is poised to reach its goals. This webinar will discuss the key responsibilities nonprofit board members should master.
    Webinar December 08, 2015 60 min watch
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  • Uniform Guidance procurement standards: The time is now!
    Follow these steps to ensure that your organization is in full compliance with these procurement standards.
    Michelle Watterworth Manju Patnaik
    Article January 09, 2017 2 min read
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  • Revenue from contracts with customers: Impact on nonprofit organizations
    Unsure how the new revenue recognition standards will affect your nonprofit organization? You’re not alone. View our on-demand webinar to find out more information on how this new principles-based system will impact tax exempt organizations.
    Webinar August 18, 2017 61 min watch
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  • Not-for-profit tax update 2017
    Have you been paying attention to updated legislation and regulations? View our on-demand webinar for a tax update for exempt organizations.
    Webinar August 24, 2017 28 min watch
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  • Impact of the new lease accounting standard
    Does the new FASB lease standard affect you? View our on-demand webinar for details on the new standard and how it applies to your nonprofit organization.
    Webinar August 24, 2017 31 min watch
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  • Hidden consequences of alternative investments for not-for-profits
    If you lead a not-for-profit or serve on the board of one, you need to know that some investments trigger reporting and/or tax payment obligations that might not otherwise exist. Here are a few commonly-missed forms and penalties.
    Article November 29, 2016 4 min read
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  • Measure outcomes, not outputs
    As a success measure for your nonprofit organization, are you measuring outcomes? They are the benefits for your populations after participating in your program activities. Outcomes help gauge your mission’s impact and are more important than milestones in the long run.
    Article January 11, 2015 3 min read
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  • What does your 990 say about your organization?
    Do you know who is looking at your 990 and what insights they are hoping to gain? As the public face of your organization, what does your 990 say about you?
    Webinar October 30, 2013 60 min watch
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Our Clients Say

We have worked with Plante Moran for 12 years and continue to be pleased with their level of expertise. If a staff person leaves, there is always a seamless transition and continued leadership on the job. We never hesitate to contact our Plante Moran team throughout the year for their sound business advice. They recently helped us with a complicated real estate transaction and their knowledge and expertise was invaluable to us. I would recommend Plante Moran to other not-for-profits because they are much more than just auditors and tax accountants, they are also trusted business advisors.

Tom Nissly CFO Chicago Botanic Garden

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Internal controls assessment improves financial accuracy
Operations assessment helps nonprofit organization safeguard its assets and strengthen internal controls over financial reporting.
Case Study June 06, 2017 1 min read
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Five-year budget projection for large NFP
Large social service agency increases board's confidence with comprehensive five-year budget plan.
Case Study May 31, 2017 1 min read

Our Team

Our team of more than 200 specialists has dedicated their careers to serving organizations like yours. Annually, we file approximately 600 single audit reports — we’re the second largest provider in the nation — as well as about 1,800 Form 990s, all the while staying current on emerging issues, trends, and laws affecting the not-for-profit community. 

As nationally recognized industry thought leaders, we present at the conferences you never miss and deliver insights to the publications you trust. And because we love what we do and the clients we do it with, many of our partners and staff serve on nonprofit board of directors, committees, and advisory boards. We’re proud to be a part of working toward those missions.