CPAs as Nonprofit Leaders: How Are You Serving Your Community?

CPAs are often asked by nonprofit organizations to serve as a board treasurer. That makes perfect sense. Nonprofits often lack the financial expertise that a board so desperately needs.  CPAs bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board table that helps strengthen and grow the nonprofit so that it can better meet its mission.

I was “extra” proud today when the nonprofit HALOS was honored with the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award by the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations, a statewide organization representing charitable organizations.  Why was I extra proud? HALOS is one of many excellent nonprofits, but the board president who was there to receive the award along with the executive director was Robbie Ellison, CPA, a partner with Moore Beauston & Woodham.

Robbie shared with me his passion for HALOS’ mission – you could see it in his eyes. The organization provides much-needed resources for children who are victims of abuse and neglect who are often in emergency situations. Robbie began his work with HALOS as the board treasurer and over time moved into the position of board president.  Under his leadership the organization has thrived.

It is no surprise that CPAs can make a tremendous difference, a lasting impact on the people and the communities of our state.  What are you doing to give back, to improve lives, to make a difference?  Are you volunteering in your community?  If not, I encourage you to make a personal commitment to consider causes for which you have a passion and start volunteering.  You have so much to give.

Whether or not you provide client services as a CPA to nonprofit organizations, you will find SCACPA’s spring Nonprofit Conference a learning opportunity that will help you better assist nonprofits either as a client or as a volunteer.  The conference which is co-sponsored with the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations, is one you don’t want to miss.  Click the link below for details on content and registration.

Thank you Robbie Ellison, and all CPAs who volunteer their time to help nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective!

2011 Nonprofit Conference

Blogger: Erin Hardwick, Executive Director, South Carolina Association of CPAs

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