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Funding shortages, succession planning, new accounting standards, evolving technologies, and the need for improved board governance can burden even the most established not-for-profit organizations. While you focus on your mission, our nonprofit industry experts can help you develop a sustainable business model that supports increasing community needs.

When you serve more than 1,000 not-for-profit organizations and have over 90 years of experience, you gain perspective, and you develop a specialized expertise. Whether arts and cultural institutions, foundations, social service agencies, trade and professional associations, religious organizations, or private education organizations, we have what it takes to build, grow, and sustain a successful not-for-profit organization — and we’re here to help at every stage along the way.


New FASB standard
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Revenue recognition roadmap

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Revenue Recognition
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Not For Profit Thought Leadership

  • Upcoming changes to the presentation of financial statements for not-for-profits
    Organizations will need to evaluate the impact of ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, and begin planning now for changes to the way they prepare their financial statements.
    Jennifer Culotta
    Article April 16, 2018 4 min read
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  • Six steps to a smooth transition: Succession planning for nonprofits
    Think hiring executives at a for-profit company is hard? Try doing it for an organization whose existence hinges on community support, restricted resources, and an unpaid staff. Succession planning could spell the difference between failure and success for nonprofits.  
    John R. Bebes
    April 13, 2018 4 min read
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  • Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan on executing a vision, effective delegation, and more
    Ron Kagan, director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society, believes the secret to running a complex organization is to hire the best people you can find. Here's a peek behind the scenes at this one-of-a-kind organization — and insights from the man who's led it for more than 25 years.
    Jim Proppe
    Blog April 10, 2018 12 min watch
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  • Revenue recognition resource guide for not-for-profits
    With major changes in how not-for-profits recognize exchange revenue, organizations are preparing for implementation of the new revenue recognition standard. Use our not-for-profit revenue recognition guide to help simplify adoption.
    Kris Ray
    Whitepaper March 01, 2018 5 minute read
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Internal controls assessment improves financial accuracy
Operations assessment helps nonprofit organization safeguard its assets and strengthen internal controls over financial reporting.
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Five-year budget projection for large NFP
Large social service agency increases board's confidence with comprehensive five-year budget plan.
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Our Team

Our team of more than 200 specialists has dedicated their careers to serving organizations like yours. Annually, we file approximately 600 single audit reports — we’re the second-largest provider in the nation — as well as about 1,800 Form 990s, all the while staying current on emerging issues, trends, and laws affecting the not-for-profit community. 

As nationally recognized industry thought leaders, we present at the conferences you never miss and deliver insights to the publications you trust. And because we love what we do and the clients we do it with, many of our partners and staff serve on nonprofit board of directors, committees, and advisory boards. We’re proud to be a part of working toward those missions.