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Non-profit's Guide to Deposit Insurance with the FDIC

Non-profit's Guide to Deposit Insurance with the FDIC

| May 05, 2023

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in society by providing valuable services to their communities. To operate effectively, nonprofits need to manage their finances properly, including maintaining bank accounts for depositing donations and other funds. It is important for nonprofit organizations to keep their bank deposits below the $250,000 FDIC-insured amount for several reasons.

Firstly, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) provides deposit insurance to protect depositors in the event that a bank fails. The standard insurance limit is $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank. This means that if a nonprofit organization has deposits exceeding this limit at a single bank, it may not be fully covered by the FDIC in the event of a bank failure.

Secondly, nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to their donors to use their funds effectively and efficiently. Holding excessive amounts of cash in a single bank account may not be a prudent financial practice and may suggest to donors that the nonprofit is not using its contributions wisely.

Thirdly, keeping bank deposits below the FDIC-insured amount can help nonprofits avoid the risk of fraud and embezzlement. When large sums of money are held in a single account, it may attract the attention of unscrupulous individuals who could potentially steal the funds.  

In conclusion, nonprofit organizations might not want to keep their bank deposits below the $250,000 FDIC-insured amount to protect their donors' contributions, avoid financial risk, and maintain the trust of their supporters. Nonprofits should work with their financial institutions to develop a sound deposit strategy that addresses their operational needs while minimizing financial risk.

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) protects deposits of up to $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each account ownership category. FDIC covers most, but not all, U.S. banks and savings associations in the event that the institution becomes insolvent. FDIC does not cover securities, mutual funds, or similar types of investments. For more information about FDIC insurance, visit