June 20, 2019 8:00am – 4:30pm Map & Directions 602-944-0569

Not-for-Profit Conference

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Not-for-profit organizations must learn how to operate efficiently and effectively, making the most of their limited resources. This conference will bring you up to speed on the most pressing issues facing the industry.

Register online or by phone at (602) 252-4144.



Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021-2714

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7:30 - 8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:05 Welcome - Jackie Eckman, Conference Committee Chair

8:05 - 9:20 Ethical Risk in Nonprofits and How Accountants Can Help
Marianne Jennings, W.P. Carey School of Business
Over the past year, nonprofits ranging from symphonies to Silicon Valley charities to colleges and universities have made headlines for everything from reckless spending to toxic cultures to embezzlement. Often, in the name of their good causes, administrators in nonprofits cross ethical lines, and those lines nearly always involve funds. In nonprofits, auditors and accountants may serve the dual function of ethics and compliance. Learn how they can help their leaders steer a clear ethical course.

9:20 - 9:25  Room Change

9:25 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions 1

How Not-for-Profit Organizations Can Prepare for the New Leasing Standard
Allan Klose, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Changes to leasing under ASC Topic 842, Leases, are on their way. Not-for-profit organizations need to get started on their implementation plans early so they are prepared for the balance sheet and other impacts that the new standard will have on their operations. This session will cover the specific considerations for adoption for the nonprofit sector and the steps organizations can take now to ensure a smooth transition.

Nonprofit Number Wrangling
Carolyn Sechler, Sechler Morgan CPAs PLLC
Keep your accounting records in good order. This interactive session will review differences between traditional accounting and nonprofit accounting regarding payroll, cash versus accrual options and monthly and annual timeline reminders to keep you on track and reporting to your board.

The Wonder and Mystery of the IRS Form 990
Brenda Blunt, Eide Bailly LLP
We will survey the 12 illuminating pages of the 2018 IRS form 990, pointing out some of the more wonderous and mysterious aspects of this crucial form. In this basic class, we will include plenty of time for questions and encourage submitting questions in advance. Please send your questions to bblunt@eidebailly.com (Subject: Wonder - 990), and we will discuss as many of your questions as time allows.

10:15 – 10:35  Networking Break 

10:35 – 11:25 Concurrent Sessions 2

Functional Expense Allocation Changes
Sarah Zelhart, Make-A-Wish America
Are you prepared for ASU 2016-14? Since this new reporting standard will impact all NFP organizations in some way, now is a great time for a refresher on the current accounting rules. This session will dive into definitions of the functional classifications, common methods of allocating expenses and more.

Payroll Reporting in a Shared Employee Environment
Brenda Blunt, Eide Bailly LLP
Many organizations have multiple related entities, including limited liability companies. Employees may be assigned to one or more of the entities, move fluidly back and forth, and maybe someone just picked an entity to report all the payroll because it is easy and convenient. It seems like as long as it all gets reported, it doesn't matter – but it does. We will be discussing leased and shared employees and common paymaster arrangements. Additionally, we will cover the use of management companies, including who is responsible for payroll and how these structures impact payroll and IRS form 990 reporting.

Cover Your Assets: Internal Controls for Any Size Nonprofit
Lisa Stevenson, Stevenson, CPA LLC
Jill Foley, Four Leaf Financial & Accounting
Typical nonprofit organizations lose about five percent of annual revenue to fraud. The median time a fraud scheme goes undetected is 18 months. Less than half of fraud money will ever be recovered. Is there fraud going on in your organization? Don’t let this be you. Join us for a discussion on how to prevent and detect potential fraud with adequate internal controls, including segregations of duties, policies, procedures and action items for management and board members.

11:25 – 11:30 Room Change

11:30 – 12:20 Concurrent Sessions 3 

Dashboards & Data Analytics: Using Data to Drive Greater Social Impact in Our Communities
Dave Paddison, Impact Analytics
Leaders of nonprofits will learn the importance of fostering a "data-driven" culture in their organization in order to increase the effectiveness of their services and to maximize the impact that their mission has on the community. A case study will be presented to illustrate how one nonprofit organization successfully implemented an analytics program, highlighting the obstacles, failures and highpoints of the process. The learning objectives of this session are to understand the three pillars of data analytics (leadership, tools, processes). By understanding how data analytics are influencing funding decisions, nonprofits can use data to make continuous quality improvements.

Economic Update: Impact of Tax Law Changes on Nonprofits
Anthony Evans, Seidman Research Institute
What Not-for-Profits Gain (or Lose) Under Tax Reform
Amy O’Loughlin, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have had a significant tax effect on not-for-profit organizations. The changes include unrelated business income tax on certain employee benefits (including employer provided parking) and segregation of unrelated trade or businesses to prevent offsetting income from one line of business with losses from another line of business. A tax on excess executive compensation are among some of the provisions of the new law.

12:20 – 1:20 Lunch
1:20 – 2:10 Concurrent Sessions 4

Emerging Technologies
Nick Mortensen, Eide Bailly LLP
You have heard about them, but what are they, really? Cryptocurrency, big data, AI: fact or fad? This session will provide a basic introduction about what these new technologies are, how they might be used to advance your mission and how to access them and/or learn more.

To Record or Not to Record?
Tracey Bible, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC
Explore the latest revenue and contributions guidance. We will cover recognition of contributions with donor-imposed restrictions and those without. You will also learn how to distinguish contributions from exchange transactions in this interactive session.

Basic Taxes for Tax Exempt Organizations
Michael Payne, Payne Financial, PLC
Chad Huebsch, Huebsch Financial LLC
Just as “not-for-profit” doesn’t mean organizations cannot be profitable, “tax-exempt” doesn’t mean organizations pay no tax. We will survey in plain language the various federal and state taxes (and exemptions) as they might apply to an Arizona nonprofit organization, including unrelated business income, excess compensation excise tax, nonprofit parking tax, private foundation excise taxes, transaction privilege tax, use tax, property tax, payroll tax, bingo tax and unclaimed property, as well as state credits available to donors. 
2:10 – 2:25 Networking Break

2:25 – 3:15 Concurrent Sessions 5

Adoption Stories: A Discussion on the Implementation of FASB 2016-14
Panel w/ Kathy Gerhart, State Bar of Arizona
Join us for an interactive panel discussion with members of our nonprofit community who have already implemented FASB 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. The panelists will share how they decided between various presentation options, what changes (if any) they made to any internal systems, any reactions they’ve received from their financial statement users, as well as any things they may change in future years

Am I Still a Target for Cyber Fraud?
Mike Nyman, CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen) LLP
Cyber fraud is on the rise! With events occurring daily, the term has grown to cover a wide range of criminal activity. How quickly can you recognize and respond to an attack? Listen to what methods the latest attackers are using and what defensive measures you can take.

Best Practices for Protecting Your Nonprofit Status
Robert Erven Brown, Schmitt Schneck Casey Even & Williams, P.C.
Lisa Lumbard, Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA
Join nonprofit CPA and board governance trainer Lisa Lumbard and nonprofit attorney Robert Erven Brown for practical tips on avoiding the loss of your charity’s nonprofit status and avoiding personal liability for the charity’s debts. We will examine: the IRS progressive sanctions, Arizona corporate law traps and the principles governing indemnity by a corporation of its officers, directors, employees and volunteers. 

3:15 – 3:20 Room Change

3:20 – 4:35 Arizona’s Leadership in Deregulation and the Impact on Financial Professionals Serving the Nonprofit Community
Cindie Hubiak, Arizona Society of CPAs
Arizona is leading the way with occupational licensing reform. Learn the latest about this national trend, discover how it impacts you and nonprofit organizations.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Eide Bailly LLP  

Gold Sponsors
CliftonLarsonAllen LLC
Fester & Chapman, PLLC
National Bank of Arizona
Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

Designed For

This conference is designed to provide specific, practical coverage of critical nonprofit accounting, tax, and legal issues, for CPAs and individuals working for and with nonprofit organizations. 

Event Leaders

Zelhart, Sarah Christine

Rating: 4.53

Sarah Zelhart, CPA, CGMA, has served for more than 20 years in both corporate and not-for-profit environments. She currently serves as Director of Chapter Financial Support and Compliance for Make-A-Wish America supporting the 60 chapters nation-wide.

Within these roles she has concentrated on internal controls, process improvement, mergers and acquisitions. With a continuing eye to determining and implementing best practices, she has dedicated her professional life to creating environments with transparent operations and strong governance.

She volunteers with the Valley of the Sun United Way, as a Wish Granter and the Steering Committee for the Not for Profit Section of the ASCPA.

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Gerhart, Kathy L.

Rating: 4.10

Kathy L. Gerhart is the chief financial officer of the State Bar of Arizona. She manages the financial strategy and operations of a $16.5M nonprofit organization which operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. This organization regulates approximately 18,750 active attorneys in Arizona and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Gerhart has more than 30 years of experience in financial management in a diverse range of industries including education, construction, financial services, real estate management and public accounting. Prior to her position at the State Bar, she served as the vice president of finance for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale. Since joining the State Bar of Arizona, she has played a key role in developing a strategic plan/model and enhancing the financial reporting structure needed to support the State Bar’s mission and strategic initiatives. Gerhart received her BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University, is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas and was honored as one of the 2014 Outstanding CFOs by the Phoenix Business Journal.

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Sechler, Carolyn S.

Rating: 4.35

Carolyn Sechler, CPA, is the CEO of the firm of Sechler CPA PC., a Certified B Corporation in Phoenix. Her expertise is in tax and strategic planning, financial reporting, and management consulting, primarily to nonprofit organizations. She has been serving clients in this capacity for more than 25 years.

A graduate of Arizona State University she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/with a minor in marketing in 1984.

Her fully wired practice, which she calls a "virtual accounting firm," demonstrates her belief in the liberating power of technology and its endless opportunities. The team all work from their homes and reside in several states and Canada. Likewise the client base includes Organizations both domestic and international.

Sechler is an animated and passionate public speaker on local and national levels, a writer/editor and avid geek. In addition, she writes for a number of professional publications and is an editorial advisor for the Journal of Accountancy and PDI’s Nonprofit Advisor. Her topics include tax and financial issues, futurist and visioning applications, non-profit organizations, and technology integration to meet user and organizational needs. Systems design; training and strategic alliance issues have become some of her latest fun topics!

Their accounting practice is proud to have earned the recognition and featured for their “virtuality” and their work in the nonprofit community annually since 1995 in the following publications: Working Woman, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Week, Phoenix Business Journal, Arizona Republic, Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Technology, Practical Accountant, Telework AZ. They have also been featured case studies discussed in several books on best practices for accounting and telework 1996 to present. This year Sechler's firm also achieved the designation of Best for the World of B Corporations in 2013. Her firm was one of 60 B Corporations featured in Business Week and other national publications.

Sechler is an accomplished photographer and avid volunteer vacationer travelling to learn more about various cultures, teach and support the mission. At each destination she makes time to learn more about NGOs and compliance in the countries she visits. In the past few years her travels have taken her to Japan, Ghana, Iceland, Hungary, Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula and Peru.

Sechler and her team can be found online most any time of day. They welcome your comments and questions.

Carolyn S. Sechler, CPA, CGMA
Sechler CPA, P.C.
(602) 230-2700/ fax: (602) 230-2705
E-mail: carolyn@azcpa.com Web: www.azcpa.com

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Jennings, Marianne M.

Rating: 4.86

Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor emeritus of legal and ethical studies in business in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She served as director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999.

Professor Jennings has hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. In 2006, Emerald Management Review named her article, “Ethics and Investment Management,” one of the top 50 articles in 2005. She was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

She has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her Business Ethics was published in 2017. Her Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used as an audit tool and a primer on corporate culture.

Her columns have been syndicated, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Washington Post.
Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She served as director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999.

Professor Jennings has hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. In 2006, Emerald Management Review named her article, “Ethics and Investment Management,” one of the top 50 articles in 2005. She was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

She has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her Business Ethics was published in 2017. Her Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used as an audit tool and a primer on corporate culture.

Her columns have been syndicated, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Washington Post.

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Hubiak, Cindie

Rating: 4.82

Cindie Hubiak, CPA, CGMA, MBA, is president & CEO of the Arizona Society of CPAs, where she represents over 5,300 members and leads a staff of 11. Hubiak has worked in public accounting and industry. While working with manufacturing companies, she completed two international assignments: one in Europe and one in Singapore. Prior to joining the Society, she was human resources director for a 1,500-person international organization. Hubiak is a past chair of the ASCPA board of directors, holds leadership positions on several community boards and has been recognized as one of the top women in business and the community. She received both her B.S. in Accountancy and her MBA from Arizona State University. She is certified in alternative dispute resolution, has written four books and enjoys traveling and hiking in Arizona.

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Mortensen, Nick

Rating: 4.86

Nick Mortensen is the director of development at Eide Bailly Technology Consulting. He has spent the last several years working with companies to solve complex business problems through technology. With 98 projects under his belt as a solution or technical architect, and hundreds more under his oversight, he has built a deep working knowledge of systems architecture with a specialization in Salesforce customization and integration strategy. He has made it a point to always be a consultant first, developer second, and is always striving to ensure solutions built solve a business need. Mortensen has worked closely with client stakeholders to identify pain points, automation requests, and KPIs that would define project requirements. He will often work with project teams to assist in architectural overviews as well as translate the project requirements into technical specs for execution, help manage the delivery of functionality, and ensure project milestones are completed on time and under budget.

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Klose, Allan C.

Rating: 4.42

Allan Klose is a shareholder in CBIZ's Phoenix office and has extensive experience in the provision of auditing and accounting services to both privately held companies and public companies ranging in size from development stage companies to large international organizations.

Klose spends a substantial portion of his time serving not-for-profit organizations. He has extensive experience assisting clients with a variety of accounting issues including contribution revenue recognition and the reporting of endowments. Klose also has specific expertise working with the real estate industry, including providing services to single-family homebuilders, multi-family property developers, real estate investment funds, hospitality developers and managers, commercial property developers and others within the industry. In addition, he serves clients in the general commercial and financial services industries

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Stevenson, Lisa

Rating: 4.66

Lisa Stevenson is a Certified Public Accountant in the Phoenix metropolitan area with more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit accounting. She owns and manages her own accounting firm, Stevenson, CPA, LLC. Stevenson CPA LLC performs audits, reviews, compilations, prepares 990s and provides other accounting services for nonprofit organizations. You can visit her website www.stevensoncpallc.com.

Ms. Stevenson has a Master of Business Administration Degree and holds a current CPA license in both the State of Arizona and the State of Illinois. Ms. Stevenson is very passionate about nonprofits and their positive contribution to the community. She prides herself on being able to help support their businesses and mission by sharing her nonprofit accounting knowledge and experience with them.

Lisa Stevenson and her husband Brian have lived in the Central Phoenix area for more than 24 years. They have three school aged children. Their family is active in the community and is involved with a variety of organizations and volunteer efforts.

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Blunt, Brenda Ann

Rating: 4.81

Brenda A. Blunt, CPA, CGMA, is a partner at Eide Bailly LLC. She has 30 years of experience providing services to tax-exempt entities, closely held business and their stakeholders. Blunt provides income tax compliance and planning for individuals, corporations, partnerships and tax-exempt entities; and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxation authorities. Tax-exempt entities comprise approximately 90% of her clients. For these clients in particular, Blunt helps them comply with and plan for sales, payroll and property taxes; consults with them regarding the tax and accounting impact of multiple-entity structures; works with them to establish or reinstate their status as tax-exempt and helps them plan for the tax aspects of unrelated business income and executive retirement. She is a frequent teacher nationally, locally and at the organization level on topics that include health care reform, board responsibilities, tax compliance, strategic planning, and financial management principles for nonprofits.

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O'Loughlin, Amy A.

Rating: 4.59

Amy O’Loughlin is a Senior Tax Manager in the company's tax and business consulting division. She has more than 15 years of experience providing accounting, tax planning and compliance services along with extensive business and management consulting to a diverse group of tax exempt and not-for-profit organizations.

She has developed a specialty and expertise in providing services to non-profit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, social welfare and behavioral health. She speaks regularly to groups of individuals regarding non-profit tax issues and current tax developments. In addition to providing services to clients, she is also active in the company's management and training of staff personnel. Amy serves on the Phoenix office’s CBIZ Women’s Advantage task force in planning events and serving as a mentor for women who aspire to progress in leadership roles in their professions.

602.264.6835 • aoloughlin@cbiz.com

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Brown, Robert Erven

Rating: 4.96

Over his 40+ year career, Bob Brown’s experience includes five years as a trial attorney and 35 years focusing on nonprofits, real estate and commercial transactions. Through his nonprofit work over the last 20 years, Brown represented secular and faith-based nonprofit entities, including churches, parachurch ministries, human services organizations, rescue missions, summer camps, faith-based schools and other faith-based and secular charities. A frequent speaker at nonprofit events, Brown’s presentations focus on practical “take-aways” based on decades of advising nonprofit organizations.

A trusted advisor to executives, business administrators, board members and committees, Brown assists in identifying risks and implementing appropriate protections for key assets of charitable organizations. He counsels boards and leadership teams on campus development and construction, church planting, entity planning services, risk management, real estate & asset protection, insurance coverage, mandatory abuse reporting, media response, protecting religious liberties, board and staff training and acts as general counsel to help resolve ongoing operational concerns.

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Nyman, Michael S.

Rating: 4.76

Michael S. Nyman, CPA, CISA, CISSP, CITP, CRISC is a Senior IT Assurance Manager for CliftonLarsonAllen. Mike has more than 17 years of experience in planning, developing, performing, supervising, and reviewing information system audits for external financial audits and co-sourced internal audit departments. This includes leading and managing Sarbanes/Oxley Internal Control audits from both management's assessment and the external audit. He has a working knowledge of the information systems auditing standards as published by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He has significant knowledge and experience with the concepts, terminology, capabilities, and application of business and control risk associated with various information systems architectures. Mike has an in-depth understanding of complex business processes with the underlying information security and control issues and is able to concisely and effectively communicate them to the internal and external parties. In addition, he has a well-rounded IT background of infrastructure and development management. Nyman also serves as chair of the Technology for Accounting Conference Committee for the ASCPA.

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Lumbard, Lisa B.

Rating: 4.76

Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA, CGFM has been in public accounting for over 35 years specializing in providing financial and Single Audit compliance audit services to not-for-profit and governmental entities with 25 of those years as manager of Lumbard & Associates, PLLC.

She began putting on not-for-profit executive and financial training seminars in 2001 and subsequently presented at governmental, accounting and not-for-profit conferences throughout Arizona. In working with not-for-profit executives and boards, she developed a passion not-for-profits and became a certified governance trainer with BoardSource in 2015 and received the Executive Leadership Certification from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation in 2019. In 2018 she founded Lumbard Consulting, LLC, serving not-for-profit leadership and governing boards. She is a frequent speaker at not-for-profit and accounting industry conferences.

Lumbard began her long history of board service while attending ASU. Former service includes serving on a large local church board as vice-president, three years as treasurer and three years as president, former president of a Kiwanis Club and ASWA – ASU Chapter. Current service includes the Arizona Society of CPA’s Annual Not-for-Profit Conference Committee (over 20 years including the Governmental Accounting Conference Committee) and Valleywise Health Finance and Compliance advisory committee (over five years). July 2019, she was appointed by the Governor to the Arizona State Board of Accountancy after serving six years on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy Accounting and Auditing Advisory Committee. She is also active on the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Public Policy Committee.

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Eckman, Jacqueline

Rating: 4.44

Jackie Eckman, CPA, is a principal in the public sector group, specifically focusing her time to serving nonprofit clients. Eckman’s primary background is in audit and accounting, but she has spent a significant amount of time consulting on issues affecting nonprofits. Eckman has 19 years of public accounting experience. She has
extensive experience serving a wide variety of clients of all sizes, from large, complex national organizations to local membership-based organizations. Eckman also serves as an audit and accounting instructor internally for CliftonLarsonAllen, training staff on accounting and auditing changes and other topics affecting nonprofits. She has also taught at a number of seminars on various topics, including sessions on the upcoming FASB reporting standards for nonprofits and other emerging accounting issues impacting nonprofits.

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