Cheryl R. Olson

CPA, CGMA | Senior Manager, Not-for-Profit Solutions Strategist


Watching every single film that’s been nominated for Best Picture takes some kind of commitment, and it comes as no surprise to us that Cheryl has that type of commitment – in spades.

For more than 25 years, Cheryl has dedicated her career to the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer, consultant, Assistant Executive Director, CFO, auditor and tax accountant. She frequently shares her knowledge as an advisor, writer and presenter. Cheryl is a member of the AICPA Not-for-Profit Advisory Council, which helped launch the AICPA NFP Member Section.

Cheryl’s personal mission is to help organizations find the best possible outcomes to whatever financial and operational challenges they face. And with her demonstrated tenacity, we think any organization that works with her will find an outcome that’s more along the lines of The Sound of Music than The Titanic.

Practice Emphasis

  • Software system functional needs assessments and gap analysis
  • MIP Fund Accounting Software Sales and Implementation Project Management Support
  • Sage Intacct Financial Management Software Sales and Implementation Project Management Support
  • Advising in management issues related to organizational structure, transitions, staff development, and culture, as well as providing needed training
  • Assessment of not-for-profit governance practices
  • Understanding of IT General Control testing methodology

Proven Results

  • Led not-for-profit assessments, which provided management with guidance in governance, operations, reporting, finance, compliance, and technology.
  • Designed and delivered three online courses for certification in Budgeting, Ethics, and Aligning Mission and Strategy.
  • Led and participated in Accounting System Functional Needs Assessments and Gap Analysis projects. Findings reports from these projects provided options for making directional decisions regarding whether to keep an existing accounting system, make changes to the system, or implement a new system.


  • University of the Pacific, B.S. in Business and Public Administration, Accounting Concentration


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member and Not-for-Profit Advisory Council Volunteer
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member and Not-for-Profit Committee Volunteer
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Finance Committee Member
  • University of the Pacific, Portland Metro Alumni Group, Past President

My Life by the Numbers


Son, Zack, with husband, Aaron


Years of watching every film nominated in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category


States visited in the U.S.