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Patrick Kelsey (Savannah College of Art and Design)
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Main Street Cultural Arts Center, a US-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) based charitable organisation, has decided it needs to improve its technology infrastructure network so it can operate more efficiently, effectively, and reduce costs, among other reasons. The choices are to either buy or lease a new network. The other decision for Main Street is whether to select a standard network where the initial costs are lower and there is more hardware to maintain and replace or a virtual network that has a higher initial cost with less hardware to maintain or replace. Conducting proper financial analysis will be needed to decide which of the four scenarios will be the best financial decision. Alternatively, a second scenario to consider is if Main Street were a for-profit organization and whether this tax status might impact the decision. The case study takes into account the topics of expensing, assets, depreciation, and the time value of money. While many other factors may also play a role in the decision making process, for the purpose of this case study only the monetary factors will influence the decision makers. The case study was designed for undergraduate and graduate students with intermediate financial accounting and managerial accounting knowledge.


Accounting; Budgeting; Capital; Capital budgeting; Cost analysis; Costing; Finance; Investments; Leasing; Non-profit; Not-for-profit; Present value; Return on investment; Technology; Time value of money
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