Non-Profit Compliance: Winning Strategies for a Successful Audit
About Our Speaker(s)
Carol Barnard

Carol Barnard, CPA, CFE, MBA, is a Senior Manager in Aronson LLC’s Association Industry Services Group. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Carol has extensive experience with nonprofit audit and accounting issues including federal funding and related Single Audit requirements, cost principles, and compliance issues.

As a strong proponent for the nonprofit industry, Carol shares her expertise through webinars and training sessions. She was a contributing author and editor of The Financial Management Handbook for Associations and Nonprofits, published by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Carol also serves as editor-in-chief of and is a regular contributor to Aronson’s Nonprofit Report blog.

Carol is a CPA licensed in Virginia and Maryland. She earned her MBA in Accounting in 2003 and her CFE designation in 2012. Today, she plays an active role in both the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Non-Profit Compliance: Winning Strategies for a Successful Audit (CDPO62E)

Event Information
Product Format
Pre-recorded Webinar
Carol Barnard
90 minutes
Event Description

10 Top To Dos For a Successful Financial Statement Audit!

Having an audit can be stressful and confusing. How can you best prepare for a financial statement or Uniform Guidance compliance audit? Strategies for having a successful audit include being prepared and being aware of what compliance factors you are responsible for.

Do you know what determines a material weakness and what is a significant deficiency? What qualifies as a finding for a federal report under Uniform Guidance? Being aware of what issues can generate findings in a federal report or comments on a management letter is crucial to understanding how to avoid getting them.

The Live Webinar by expert speaker Carol Barnard, CPA, CFE, MBA, will go over a list of the Top Ten things to do to ensure a successful financial statement audit. It will cover examples of federal report findings and management letter comments and will discuss how to avoid getting them.

Session Highlights:

  • Top 10 essentials for a successful financial statement audit
  • Closing the books and documentation expectations.
  • Get an in depth knowledge of the COSO framework for developing internal controls.
  • Gain an understanding of what your auditor is looking for in a Uniform Guidance compliance audit.
  • Learn about the 12 areas of required compliance under federal grants, including cash management, period of performance, and sub-recipient monitoring.
  • Go through a sample Prepared by Client (PBC) list to help you better prepare for what lies ahead.

Session Benefits

  • Know how to get prepared for a financial statement audit or Uniform Guidance audit.
  • Learn how to reduce your chances of getting management letter comments or federal report findings.
  • Know how to avoid common audit pitfalls.

Who Should Attend

Accounting managers, controllers, and other levels responsible for closing the books and preparing for a financial statement or Uniform Guidance compliance audit.


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