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Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Which of the following expenses would be considered a program service expense for the local cancer society?

a. salary of a home care nurse
b. salary of the local director
c. rent for the local office
d. printing costs for a fund-raising brochure

A contribution made in 1999 to a voluntary health and welfare organization, which is restricted to usage to celebrate the millennium in the year 2000, is recorded as a credit to:

a. Contributions.
b. Revenue--unrestricted.
c. Revenue--temporarily restricted.
d. Revenue--permanently restricted.

The activities of a central motor pool that supplies and services vehicles for the use of municipal employees on official business should be accounted for in a(n)?

a. General Fund
b. Agency Fund
c. Internal Service Fund
d. Special Revenue Fund

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Because only the salary of a home care nurse (answer a) relates directly to the reason the cancer society exists, it is a program service expense. The salary of the local director (answer b) and rent for the local office (answer c) are general administration expenses, and the printing costs for a fund-raising brochure (answer d) is a fund raising ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses (a) what a program service expense is, (b) how to account for restricted contributions to a voluntary health and welfare organization, and (c) what fund a motor pool would be placed in for a governmental entity.

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