contributions definition

The revenue classification used by nonprofit organizations to account for the amounts received as donations. It is also an expense classification for the donations made to another nonprofit organization. Contributions may be in the form of cash, securities, other property, as well as unconditional promises to give assets at a later date.

Contributions made by a donor without conditions attached are referred to as unrestricted contributions. Contributions with donor-imposed restrictions are either temporarily restricted or permanently restricted.

You can learn more about contributions by reading FASB Statement No. 116 at