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Unlike for-profit businesses that exist to generate profits for their owners, nonprofit organizations exist to pursue missions that address the needs of society. Nonprofit organizations serve in a variety of sectors such as religious, education, health, social services, commerce, amateur sports clubs, and the arts. Nonprofits do not have commercial owners and must rely on funds from contributions, membership dues, program revenues, fundraising events, public and private grants, and investment income.

Nonprofits (also referred to as Not-for-profits) have unique needs.  Concepts such as accounting for public funding, donations and other sources of revenue and expenditures can present different challenges than in for profit organizations.

This course introduces basic concepts unique to nonprofit entities. We discuss the types of nonprofit businesses and some of their related compliance requirements as well as their organization structure and staffing.  We delve into the financial statements used by nonprofits, the concept of fund accounting and set the stage for another segment focused on accounting for nonprofits.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the difference between for-profit and nonprofit organizations. 
  • Explore important concepts for setting up a nonprofit.
  • Explore the types of nonprofit designations as identified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code.
  • Explore the requirements of fund accounting.
  • Identify other important Accounting Concepts for nonprofit organizations.
  • Identify the various accounting cycles in a nonprofit.
Last updated/reviewed: October 9, 2018

5 Reviews (18 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
A good pre-courser to Accounting for Not-for-profit entities. It discusses the peculiarities of a NFP entities as compared with a Profit. It is structured and easy to follow.
Member's Profile
Very basic intro course for not-for-profits. The section listing all types of NFPs was quite tedious, this could have been listed on slides and just mentioned a few.
Member's Profile
Very good course for learning about the basics of a not-for-profit entity. Liked the way the instructor presented the material.
Anonymous Author
The glossary/index is very helpful. I saved it to use as a reference in the future.
Member's Profile
This course covers what the topic states and the slides are effective.


Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  7:21Introduction to Not-for-Profit Entities
  6:21Setting Up Non-Profit
  14:37Types of Nonprofits
  8:05Financial Statements
  3:40Fund Accounting
  4:09Important Concepts
  7:47Accounting Cycles & Summary
  1:04:59Introduction to Not-for-Profit Entities
Supporting Materials
  PDFSlides: Introduction to Not-for-Profit Entities
  PDFIntroduction to Not-for-Profit Entities Glossary/Index