Cheryl R. Olson

CPA, CGMA | Director of NFP Consulting

About

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 20 years, she 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

  • Accounting software system functional needs assessments and gap analysis
  • Abila MIP Fund Accounting, Intacct Financial Management, Accounting sales support, and implementation project management
  • 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
  • Not-for-profit Executive Compensation Analysis to help prevent self-dealing or private inurement

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.

Education

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

Activities

  • 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
  • PPS Beaumont Middle School, PTA Treasurer

My Life by the Numbers

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Son, Zack, with husband, Aaron

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Calico cat named Cali and

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Leopard Gecko named Spotter

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