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Nonprofit accounting services include an audit which allows your organization to verify published information to your donors and grantors, comply with banking covenants and satisfy grant requirements. The nonprofit accounting services provided by Brown Smith Wallace include a variety of audit and assurance services including:

Independent External Audit

A nonprofit audit helps organizations comply with significant grantors’ compliance requirements, board of directors’ requirements or lenders’ debt covenants. A nonprofit audit provides these audiences with the highest level of assurance through methodical review of the financial statements.

Our nonprofit audit approach is based on gaining an in-depth understanding of your organization so we can understand the information used to operate and manage your not for profit business in support of your mission. We focus on the circumstances, conditions and activities that relate to your business plans. Our knowledge of the internal and external risks that affect your organization’s strategic plan, provides us with a broad foundation on which to audit the financial statements of your not for profit business.

Brown Smith Wallace has provided auditing services to a wide variety of not for profit organizations with varying organizational structures and reporting requirements, including multiple affiliates with separately issued reports and financial statements, subsidiaries requiring consolidation, related entities required to issue combining financial statements, financial representations with either combined or separated A-133 audit packages, etc.

Our nonprofit audit team has implemented a paperless audit approach and utilizes the latest technology in nearly every aspect of an audit engagement. Our auditors are trained to use data extraction and analysis software programs to assist in testing transaction-oriented account balances. This cutting-edge approach often provides efficiencies that allow us to be more effective. Our ability to leverage technology, coupled with our use of a risk-based audit approach, provides not for profit businesses with industry-leading analysis and feedback to supplement our use of standard auditing procedures.

Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Employee benefit plans are subject to specialized financial, operational and regulatory requirements. An employee benefit plan audit can help you uncover discrepancies that might otherwise surprise you months and years in the future.

Employee benefit plan audits include pension, health and welfare, and 401(k) plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) under the regulatory authority of the U.S. Department of Labor. Generally, federal law requires employee benefit plans with 100 or more participants to have an audit as part of their obligation when filing an annual return or report (Form 5500) and to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements.

Other Assurance Services

Brown Smith Wallace has the additional expertise to provide complete nonprofit accounting services including reviews, compilations and agreed upon procedure engagements as well as internal audits for the nonprofit sector.



  • Brown Smith Wallace is a great partner for the breadth of services that we require. Not only do they perform our typical annual audit, we also have two HUD audits that we need each year and all of our audits require Uniform Guidance compliance. In addition, they perform our 403(b) audit and audits for two for-profit entities under a Master Lease arrangement. As a fairly complex entity, it’s nice to know we can obtain all the expertise we need under one roof! The staff we work with are terrific!

    Places for People

    Laura McCallister, Vice President of Finance & Facilities

  • We were at a crossroads and needed experts—people who understand non-profit management and accounting—to conduct our audit. Brown Smith Wallace came in and assisted us in significantly reducing a government repayment demand on a large grant. They have lots of smart people who know how to hone in on the most critical issues and continue to make recommendations that help us get better at our accounting processes—they genuinely care about our results. In fact, they are one of the most professional, respectful firms I have ever worked with.

    South Side Day Nursery
    Anne Kessen Lowell, Executive Director

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