We are calling on those who are involved in not-for-profit financial reporting across the world to take the time to complete the survey and contribute to the debate, by 9 December 2013.
The survey has been developed by an international team of researchers from four universities across three countries is carrying out the research. The team is led jointly by Professor Gareth Morgan of Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and Dr Louise Crawford of the University of Dundee (UK) with further support from Dr Carolyn Cordery of Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Dr Oonagh Breen of University College Dublin (Ireland). Further details about this research project are via the 'Related Links' section, left of this article.
CCAB, which comprises five IFAC member bodies from the UK, provides a forum for the bodies to work together collectively in the public interest. CCAB is supporting a project which seeks to identify accounting practices for the not-for-profit-sector worldwide. The project is aiming to establish whether or not there is a need for an international financial reporting guidance for this important sector. A Steering Committee, chaired on behalf of CCAB by Ian Carruthers (CIPFA Policy and Technical Director), comprising accountancy professional bodies, charity umbrella bodies, public practice firms and international charities has been set up to oversee and guide the research and promote its outcomes.
The findings of the project will be published in the first quarter of 2014.
Commenting on the project, the CCAB Chairman, Anthony Harbinson, said: 'CCAB is delighted that this survey is now published. This will provide the opportunity for input into the project that seeks to establish definitions and current approaches to financial reporting by the sector in different jurisdictions around the world.
'I urge all those working in the sector, professional bodies, and those who use the accounts of non-profit organisations to complete the survey and to share it with those that may also find it of interest.'
He concluded: 'Complete the survey and make sure that the experience in your country is reflected in the results and informs the debate going forward.'
Professor Gareth Morgan of Sheffield Hallam University said 'This survey explores some very important questions on not-for-profit financial reporting and whether international standards would help. I would encourage everyone who has any kind of interest in accounting by non-profit organisations to access the survey and give us your views.'