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What is the meaning of net assets?

Net assets is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. In a sole proprietorship the amount of net assets is reported as owner's equity. In a corporation the amount of net assets is reported as stockholders' equity.

In a not-for-profit (NFP) organization the amount of total assets minus total liabilities is actually reported as net assets in its statement of financial position. The net assets section for the NFP organization is divided into two major classifications:

  • net assets without donor restrictions
  • net assets with donor restrictions

The changes in these net assets classifications are reported in the organization's statement of activities.