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Note 1 - Statement of Significant Accounting Policies


The CSULB 49er Foundation (the 49er Foundation) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, which commenced operations on July 1, 2012.  The 49er Foundation is organized to actively promote philanthropy and manage donated resources for the advancement of California State University, Long Beach (the University), by accepting and managing donations, gifts, and bequests for any University-related use. The 49er Foundation is a direct-support organization and component unit of the University.

Basis of Presentation

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, as prescribed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis.  The 49er Foundation reports as a Business Type Activity and, accordingly, has reported its activities within a single column in the basic financial statements.

The 49er Foundation’s policy for defining operating activities as reported on the statement of revenues, expenses, and changes in net position are those that generally result from administrative fees earned from gifts and donations made to the 49er Foundation and expenses of the activities associated with the intent or purpose of the gift or donation. Certain significant revenue streams relied upon for operations are recorded as nonoperating revenues as defined by GASB, including gifts and investment income.

The 49er Foundation has adopted GASB Statement No. 33, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Nonexchange Transactions, and GASB Statement No. 35, as amended by GASB Statements No. 37, Basic Financial Statements—and Management’s Discussion and Analysis—for State and Local Governments: Omnibus and GASB Statement No. 38, Certain Financial Statement Note Disclosures. GASB Statement No. 33 requires that unconditional promises to give be recorded as receivables and revenues when the 49er Foundation has met all applicable eligibility requirements. GASB Statement No. 35 established standards for external financial reporting for public colleges and universities and requires that resources be classified for accounting and reporting purposes into the following four net position categories: Invested in capital assets, net of related debt; Restricted, non-expendable; Restricted, expendable; and Unrestricted. As of June 30, 2017 and 2016, the 49er Foundation has no capital assets or debt.

Classification of Current and Noncurrent Assets (Other than Investments) and Liabilities

The 49er Foundation considers assets to be current that can reasonably be expected, as part of its normal business operations, to be converted to cash and be available for liquidation of current liabilities within 12 months of the statement of net position date. Liabilities that reasonably can be expected, as part of normal 49er Foundation business operations, to be liquidated within 12 months of the statement of net position date, are considered to be current. All other assets and liabilities are considered to be noncurrent. For clarification of current and noncurrent investments, see the investments accounting policy.

Net Position

The 49er Foundation’s net position is classified into the following net position categories:

  • Invested in capital assets, net of related debt
    Capital assets, net of accumulated depreciation and outstanding principal balances of debt attributable to the acquisition, construction or improvement of those assets.
  • Restricted
    Nonexpendable – Net position subject to externally imposed stipulations that they be maintained permanently by the 49er Foundation. Such assets include the 49er Foundation’s permanent endowment funds.
    Expendable – Net position whose use by the 49er Foundation is subject to externally imposed stipulations that can be fulfilled by actions of the 49er Foundation pursuant to those stipulations or that expire by the passage of time.
  • Unrestricted
    Unrestricted net position is one that is not subject to externally imposed stipulations. Unrestricted net position may be designated for specific purposes by action of management or the Board of Directors or may otherwise be limited by contractual agreements with outside parties. Substantially all unrestricted net position is designated for any University-related use, which includes academic and research programs and initiatives, and capital programs.

Reporting Entity

The 49er Foundation is an affiliated organization component unit of the University. As such, the 49er Foundation’s financial data will be included in the financial statements of the University.

Use of Estimates and Assumptions

Management uses estimates and assumptions in preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Those estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, and the reported revenues and expenses. Actual results could vary from the estimates that were assumed in preparing the financial statements.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The 49er Foundation considers all highly liquid, short-term investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. The 49er Foundation maintains cash with financial institutions in excess of federally insured limits.

Custodial Credit Risk

Custodial credit risk is the risk that in the event of the failure of the custodian, the investments may not be returned to the 49er Foundation. Substantially all of the 49er Foundation’s investments are registered in the 49er Foundation’s name by the custodian. As a result, custodial credit risk for such investments is remote.


The 49er Foundation has adopted GASB Statement No. 31, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Certain Investments and for External Investment Pools. Under GASB Statement No. 31, investments in marketable securities with readily determinable fair values and all investments in debt securities are valued at their fair values using quoted market prices in the statement of net position. Realized and unrealized gains and losses are included in the accompanying statement of revenues, expenses, and changes in net position.

The 49er Foundation has adopted GASB Statement No. 72, Fair Value Measurement and Application. GASB 72 establishes general principles for measuring fair value and standards of accounting and financial reporting for assets and liabilities measured at fair value.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable primarily consists of amounts due from another auxiliary organization of the University. Management deems all accounts receivable to be collectible and has not established an allowance for doubtful accounts.

Pledges Receivable

The 49er Foundation receives pledges and bequests of financial support from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Revenue is recognized when a pledge representing an unconditional promise to pay is received and all eligibility requirements, including time requirements, have been met. In the absence of such promise, revenue is recognized when the gift is received. Endowment pledges do not meet eligibility requirements, as defined by GASB Statement No. 33, and are not recorded as assets until the related gift is received. An allowance for uncollectible pledges receivable is provided based on management’s judgment of potential uncollectible amounts (approximately $331,000 and $517,000 at June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively). The determination includes such factors as prior collection history, type of gift, and nature of fund-raising.

Income Taxes

The 49er Foundation is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) for federal income taxes, as well as the related provisions for state income tax purposes.

Future Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2015, GASB issued Statement No. 75 – Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions. This Statement is to improve accounting and financial reporting by the Organization for postemployment benefits other than pensions (other postemployment benefits or OPEB). It also improves information provided by employers about financial support for OPEB that is provided by other entities. This Statement provides guidelines for reporting and disclosures certain OPEB information in the Organization’s financial statements. The provisions of this Statement are effective beginning in fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The 49er Foundation is currently evaluating the impact of this Statement.

In March 2016, GASB issued Statement No. 81 – Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements. This Statement provides recognition and measurement guidance for irrevocable split-interest agreements. Split-interest agreements are types of donor arrangements where resources are provided to two or more beneficiaries, including the 49er Foundation. This Statement will require an organization that enters into an irrevocable split-interest agreement to recognize assets, liabilities, and deferred inflows of resources at the inception of the agreement. Assets could be resources (i.e. cash or investment) received or administered by a third party. Liabilities would be amounts due to other beneficiaries and deferred inflow of resources would be the organization’s share of the agreement. Changes to the asset or liabilities are recognized as increases or decreases in the deferred inflow of resources. Revenue is only recognized at the termination of the split-interest agreement. The provisions of this Statement are effective beginning in fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 and is retroactively applied to all fiscal years presented in the financial statements. The 49er Foundation is currently evaluating the impact of this Statement.


The above financial statements were audited by Windes, Inc. The full set of audited financial statements is available upon request. The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.