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Lisa Johnson


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Lisa Johnson, CPA, finds the passion that her clients have for their mission contagious. She's been helping nonprofits grow through audit and accounting services for 15+ years.



With two young boys who are huge dinosaur fans, Lisa has learned more than she ever thought she would about dinosaurs.

Lisa Johnson, CPA, is a member of the firm’s Nonprofit Group. She works with all kinds of nonprofits, including health and welfare organizations, private schools, foundations, community organizations and associations. She also works with nonprofits that require Single Audits (formerly OMB Circular A-133).

Lisa knows that nonprofits face countless challenges, including increased donor scrutiny, complex regulatory compliance and a poor economy. But Lisa is drawn to nonprofits because of the passion they have for what they do, in spite of the challenges they face. She believes their passion is contagious and feels a sense of pride knowing that her work helps to further their mission.

In conjunction with performing the financial statement audits, Lisa enjoys helping her nonprofit clients strengthen their infrastructure, comply with complex government regulations and understand their financial condition. Lisa earned the American Institute of CPAs’ Not-for-Profit Certification, which is awarded to CPAs who prove their proficiency in nonprofit financial reporting, auditing, governance and tax compliance.

Her 15+ years of public accounting experience also includes conducting employee benefit plan audits. In addition to working with nonprofits, Lisa performs financial statement audits, reviews and compilations for manufacturing, technology and service companies. 

Lisa serves on the steering committee for Gross Mendelsohn's women's initiative.


  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting and finance, James Madison University (2001)


  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Maryland Association of CPAs
  • Maryland Nonprofits

More Fun Facts

  • Lisa is working on mastering her grandmother’s homemade crab cake recipe.
  • She discovered Zumba a couple of years ago. With a background in dance, Lisa loves it.

Articles By Lisa

5 Mistakes Nonprofits Make on Their Form 990 That Send Donors Running

When it comes to fundraising, you may be surprised that some donors, and especially those with deep pockets, could be taking a long look at your nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 before signing their first (or hundredth) donation check.

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What Nonprofits Should Know about OMB’s Uniform Guidance

In December 2013, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its long-awaited final grant reform rules. The “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,” more commonly known as the “Uniform Guidance,” consolidated and updated eight previous OMB circulars into a single set of regulations. These changes improved clarity, consistency and accessibility and consisted of changes to audit and administrative requirements, and cost principles. These regulations – designed to reduce administrative burden and the risk of waste, fraud and abuse – are effective for all Single Audits for years beginning on or after December 26, 2014.

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How Private Schools Should Record Planned Giving Arrangements

One of the many ways donors provide financial support to charitable organizations, including private schools, is by establishing trusts or other arrangements under which the nonprofit receives benefits that are shared with other beneficiaries. These planned giving arrangements are commonly known as split interest agreements and they require special accounting treatment.

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