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  • ​Financial statement preparation, review and analysis

  • Interim services

  • Budgeting/forecasting

  • Cash flow analysis

  • Grant budget preparation and reporting

  • Government contract budgeting, tracking and reporting

  • Monthly reviews

  • Form 990 preparation

  • Outsourced accounting


One of the most important responsibilities of board members and management within a nonprofit organization is effective financial oversight. It is critical to ensure that the financial resources entrusted by donors are utilized with effectiveness, ethical integrity, and sound judgment. Often, the process that first arises when leaders contemplate financial oversight is the financial statement audit. The audit process, which can be an excellent tool, and is at times obligatory, offers an external and expert viewpoint into an organization's finances.

However, it is important to know that a financial statement audit might not always be the precise tool to align with your unique objectives. Before committing to an audit, it is a good idea to define your desired outcome. It's possible that engaging a CPA for a more tailored engagement will provide better results in accordance with your needs. The choice between these two options depends on various factors, including the organization's size, complexity, regulatory demands, funding sources, budget, and internal capabilities.


Financial Statement Audit: A financial statement audit entails an independent evaluation of a nonprofit's financial statements by a CPA, aiming to provide an opinion on the accuracy, completeness, and impartiality of the financial information. An audit includes a very specific set of procedures, processes, and analysis and provides a very specific type of report. Here are some reasons a nonprofit might opt for a financial statement audit:

  • Regulatory Obligations: Some nonprofit organizations are legally required by their funding sources to undergo an annual audit. This is especially common for larger nonprofits or those receiving substantial government grants.

  • Credibility and Transparency: A financial statement audit boosts the credibility and transparency of a nonprofit's financial reporting. It offers assurance to stakeholders, including donors, grantors, and the public, that the financial statements fairly represent the organization's financial position.

  • Fundraising and Donor Trust: An audit report from an independent CPA can build trust in potential donors, showing that the organization's financial practices undergo external scrutiny.

  • Board Oversight: An audit provides the board of directors with an impartial assessment of the organization's financial health and internal controls, aiding in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities.

CPA Analysis of Financial Sytems: Enlisting a CPA to analyze the nonprofit's accounting system might include an evaluation of the organization's financial processes, procedures, and internal controls. This is a tailored option, with the desired procedures and outcomes determined during the engagement set-up. Consider these factors when contemplating this option:

  • Operational Efficiency: If the nonprofit is struggling with accounting process challenges, a consultant can pinpoint areas for improvement and propose strategies to streamline operations.

  • Cost-Effectiveness: While an audit can be financially demanding, a tailored analysis is  a more budget-conscious option for smaller nonprofits with less stringent regulatory obligations but still aiming to improve their financial management practices.

  • Tailored Solutions: A consulting engagement can be customized to address the specific needs and pain points of the nonprofit and can look at issues and solutions that typically fall outside the scope of an audit.

  • Strengthening Internal Controls: Targeted procedures can focus on fortifying internal controls, assisting in averting errors, fraud, and mismanagement of funds.

An organization which has never been through a financial statement audit might be overwhelmed by the expectations of the process, which assumes that your financial systems are already operating correctly. A consulting engagement can be a first good step to becoming audit ready.

If you find yourself uncertain about which direction to take, seek guidance from your prospective audit firm. They should be capable of offering insights into the services they provide and how those services will meet your needs.


Not sure if you need an audit? Give us a call and we can talk about when an audit might be neceessary for your organization.


Deep Industry Knowledge

For 20 years I've worked with nonprofit organizations in a wide range of roles - auditor, tax preparer, consultant, bookkeeper and finance director. In these different roles, I've helped organizations design their chart of accounts and other tracking functions, assisted in researching and implementing new processes, and set up best practices in financial oversight and review. I've prepared 990's for a wide variety of organization types and worked to resolve issues with the IRS. I've also helped organizations through periods of staff turnover and through the recovery of a negative audit experience.


Passion for Organizational Success

I have a passion for working with small to mid-sized organizations and have extensive experience creating systems that work with limited administrative staff and  financial resources. 

There are so many organizations doing amazing work! I enjoy being able to help organizations fill critical needs in our community and beyond!

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