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Not-For-Profit Organizations

At Dermody, Burke & Brown (DB&B), our work with not-for-profit clients isn't a sideline - it is a significant portion of our practice. In 60+ years, DB&B's highly experienced team has worked with more than 200 not-for-profit organizations. Therefore, we are very well-versed in the day-to-day issues that most not-for-profit organizations face and can offer proactive solutions. Should an unusual issue arise, DB&B's standing in the Allinial Global Not-for-Profit Committee allows our team to tap into the wealth of knowledge of other top not-for-profit accounting practices around the world.

DB&B has a deep base of knowledge and industry experience, allowing us to provide organizations with proactive solutions. We routinely give our clients new ideas and suggestions for improving their operational efficiency and effectiveness. For every audit engagement, our team provides a "Letter of Observations and Recommendations" that: (1) highlights relevant trends and "best practices" in the client's niche; (2) offers pertinent observations regarding the client's practices; and (3) makes suggestions for improvement. We also regularly assist our not-for-profit clients with board presentations, including an in-depth review of the audit and a summary of our findings and other observations and recommendations.

We strive to keep our clients apprised of best practices, industry trends and developments, and changes in standards and regulations through our niche-specific seminars, "Thought Leadership" emails and our Nonprofit Insights newsletters. To ensure that it is a two-way conversation, our Members/Principals reach out to our clients often so that we can understand the specific challenges they face and how DB&B can help.

Our Team Has Extensive Experience With:

  • Social Services Organizations
  • Religious Organizations
  • HUD-Funded Entities
  • Foundations

Our Not-For-Profit Services Provided:

  • Audits and Accounting
  • Financial statement audits
  • Reviews and Compilations
  • Agreed - Upon Procedures
  • Single Audits & Yellow Book Audits
  • Review and certification of governmental cost reports
  • Fraud investigation services
  • Alerts on new standards and trends in the industry
  • Establishing financial controls and reporting systems
  • Internal control studies and recommendations
  • Implementation of Governance Best Practices resulting from the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act 

Tax Services

  • Tax return preparation and filing
  • Unrelated business income tax issues
  • Tax law alerts and consultation

Business Advisory Services and Consultation

  • Employee benefit design, audit and administration
  • Internal operational review
  • Seminars
  • Management and development training
  • Thought leadership emails
  • QuickBooks consulting and installation

Technology Services

  • Information systems review
  • Network security review
  • Training
Eployee Lising

For more information email info@dbbllc.com or call 315-471-9171 to contact:

Thomas Palmer, CPA
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Thomas Palmer, CPA

Tom has been with the Dermody, Burke & Brown for over twenty years.  His experience in public accounting includes various external and internal audit engagements for not-for-profit organizations and for profit entities.  As a member of the Governmental niche and Not-for-Profit niche, Tom has served as a lead auditor for a variety of organizations, including those receiving funds from the NYS Education Department, Health and Human Services, OASAS, HUD, and the United Way. 

He meets each of the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements imposed by the “Yellow Book” issued by the Government Accountability Office. Tom is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors.  He is a member of the United Way of CNY Emerging Leaders group and a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Travis Smith, CPA, MBA
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Travis Smith, CPA, MBA

Travis has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown for over fifteen years providing services to variety of not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, human service providers, and health care organizations. He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.

Travis holds a Bachelor and Master Degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves on the board of directors for Helio Health, Inc.  

Carolyn Sturick, CPA, CITP, COO
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Carolyn Sturick, CPA, CITP, COO

Carolyn joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1989 and became the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer in 2009.  Carolyn focuses on client service and satisfaction.  She ensures the smooth operation of daily Firm business including meeting deadlines, setting performance goals for employees and assessing and implementing operating policies for the Firm.  Beyond her position as Chief Operating Officer, Carolyn brings over thirty years of experience in the areas of consulting, auditing and accounting to a wide range of not-for-profit clients and those requiring federal single audits. She is a strong resource within the Firm for technical issues and serves on the Quality Assurance Committee. 

Carolyn also has served as Treasurer of a local not-for-profit organization, East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation, and has many years of involvement in the Festival of Races. Carolyn is a graduate of SUNY Oswego.  Carolyn is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is also credentialed by the AICPA as a Certified Information Technology Professional.

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