Category Archives: General

09.13 2015

Good Bar Makes Best of West

Good Bar SeattleGood Bar has been nominated for King 5 New’s Best of Western Washington awards for 2015. They’re on the roster for Best Trendy Bar and Best Cocktails. Winners are determined by the public, and voting is open through October 23rd, so if you agree, get online and give them your vote!

If you haven’t heard yet, Good Bar is one of Seattle’s newest watering holes located in Pioneer Square, and one of our newest clients. Good Bar is known for serving up classic cocktails and quality food while providing a great neighborhood feel. Owners Josh and Nancy are amazing to work with!

08.06 2015

Non-profit Audit Tips

Audits are never fun, but being prepared can help relieve a ton of pressure. Start prepping early so you can be ready when the auditor arrives. Talk to your accounting and administrative staff and get them working on the items below. Being prepared can help save you time and money!

Get prepared

  • Ask your auditor for a list of documents to gather. This is the best place to start. Review the list, see what you need to gather, and estimate how much time you need to do so. Wait to pick an audit date until you have an idea of how long it will take you to gather items and work on the additional items below.
  • Review a detail of income and expense transactions. Take a quick look at the prior years’ transactions to catch any miscoded or mis-classed items.
  • Gather donor information. Donors who gave $5,000 or more during the year will be reported on the 990. Make sure you have donor names and addresses to provide to the auditor.
  • Double check what’s sitting in grants receivable. Gather information regarding multi-year loans, and confirm any grants received from the prior closed year properly offset the grants receivable account.
  • Double check all liabilities. Confirm that ending balances for loans, accrued PTO, and other payroll liabilities are correct.
  • Make sure prior year ending balances match prior year return. Double check that account beginning balances match the ending balances for the prior year’s 990.

If you need help preparing for your audit, contact our office today!

07.01 2015

HUD recognizes ISI

Seattle's Pioneer SquareShout out to our client, the International Sustainability Institute (ISI), for being chosen out of 1,700 applicants for a feature in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Innovation of the Day competition. ISI is a non-profit located in Pioneer Square, focused on bringing world-wide sustainability practices to the Pacific Northwest. ISI’s Alley Network Project, which caught HUD’s attention, is a program designed to unite Pioneer Square community members through events located in Nord Alley. You may have participated in some of their prior events, including World Cup game showings, alley concerts, and art displays. Thank you to ISI for making Pioneer Square a more vibrant neighborhood!

06.15 2015

Summer, Salmon, Wine and Ray’s!

SOS's 13th annual Rose Revival fundraiserSave Our Wild Salmon (SOS) will be holding their annual fundraiser this Thursday, June 18,2015 at Ray’s Boathouse. We’ll be there to help them celebrate 24 years of working to collectively restore natural and sustainable salmon populations to the Pacific Northwest. We’ll also be there to try wine from over 30 Pacific Northwest wineries, and nosh on sliders from Ray’s Boathouse. Get details here to join us!

05.12 2015

Celebrating 47 Years of Social Justice

21 Progress Logo21 Progress will be hosting the Legacy of Leadership event on May 13, 2015, to honor founding executive director, Sharon Maeda. Sharon has been an advocate of social justice initiatives, teacher, trainer, and mentor for the last 47 years. As the executive director of 21 Progress, Sharon helped develop and implement programs that provide emerging social justice leaders opportunities to exercise their talents. We look forward to celebrating with Sharon this Wednesday!