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 over 20 years.
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Lisa Johnson, CPA, helps nonprofits and businesses with accounting, audit and tax services. With clients ranging from nonprofits to private schools to employee benefit plans to construction contractors, Lisa holds a special place in her heart for helping nonprofits grow.
As a nonprofit board member, Lisa understands the day-to-day struggles that nonprofits face. Lisa is passionate about finding ways to help her clients become more efficient whether it’s helping them strengthen their infrastructure, comply with complex government regulations or better understand their financial position.
A member of the firm’s audit team, Lisa specializes in financial statement audits, Single Audits and employee benefit plan audits. When asked about his experience with Lisa as his auditor, Ben Shifrin of the Jemicy School described Lisa as “extremely accessible and very easy to work with.”
Working with nonprofits is a passion for Lisa both in and outside of the office. Lisa is the chair of the board of directors of Richcroft, a Baltimore nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. She also serves on the audit committee of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc. Lisa is a past board member and treasurer for Community Law in Action, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to developing young people to be leaders.
She helped launch Gross Mendelsohn's women's initiative, known as RISE, and is chairperson of the program. Recognized as a national leader in gender diversity, she spoke at the American Institute of CPAs' Women’s Global Leadership Summit, sharing insights and inspiring audience members to implement diversity programs at their own firms.
Lisa holds 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.
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Between the merry-go-round of government changes, staffing shortages and a fluctuating financial market, many youth-focused nonprofits lack one of the most vital tools in securing their future–an endowment.
If your organization is like many other youth-focused nonprofits, the generosity of donors is a huge source of funding for some, if not all, of your income. As a result, fundraising is always a top priority. Since child-focused nonprofits often compete for donor dollars and attention, how can your organization stand out in the crowd of nonprofits that help kids?
A recent charitable giving report from Blackbaud Institute confirms that donations in the United States grew by 9% in 2021. This increase occurred for nonprofits of all sizes in all sectors, with 12% of charitable giving coming from online donations. This uptick in charitable giving is, of course, excellent news for youth-focused nonprofits. However, your organization can benefit even more when your staff members are equipped to educate potential donors about some key tax benefits of charitable giving – beyond a simple cash donation. To understand the big picture, let’s first dive into the reasons behind the increase in giving and then review two mutually beneficial donation strategies for taxpayers and nonprofits.