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Kirsten Houghton



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Areas of Expertise

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Audit & Accounting

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Nonprofit Taxation

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Board Governance Consulting

On The Job

Kirsten is a Principal at SVA Certified Public Accountants and focuses her expertise on the nonprofit and real estate industries.

In addition to providing audit, accounting, and tax service specific to the real estate and nonprofit industries, Kirsten also provides review, compilation, and management advisory services.

Kirsten has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge relating to taxation, specifically the nuances included in Form 990. In addition, Kirsten has expertise in financial accounting, financial statement review and audit specific to the nonprofit sector where she works with a variety of nonprofit organizations including charitable organizations, membership and trade associations and those organizations receiving federal and state funding.  Kirsten holds a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting from Board Source® and leads the SVA Board Building training program.

Kirsten’s real estate industry expertise includes audits required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Single Audits as required by the Uniform Guidance.


  • Rockford College - Master of Business Administration
  • Illinois State University - Bachelor of Science


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting, Board Source®

Speaking Experience

  • United Way of Dane County, Board Governance
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Not-for-Profit Conference
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Meetings and Seminars
  • Dairy Farmers of WI statewide conferences - Tax-exempt Organization Issues, Directors & Officers Insurance and Board Governance
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Numbers 4 Nonprofits


  • IBMadison Magazine, "You're a Board Member! Now What?"
  • WSAE Vantage Point; "What are you doing New Year's?" Plan now for Year-end Financial Responsibilities

professional memberships, affiliations & activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA)
  • Downtown Madison, Inc.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • United Way Women United Council
  • TEMPO Madison
  • Madison LPGA Amateur Golf Association
  • Leadership Greater Madison - Alumni Association (LGMAA)
  • Leadership Greater Madison 11
  • Junior League of Madison
  • Isthmus Community Media - Board Member.

civic & community involvement

  • Downtown Madison, Inc., Member, Inclusiveness Committee
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Member, National Philanthropy Day Committee Member, Former Treasurer, Past President
  • United Way Women's Leadership Council, Member, Past Chair
  • LPGA Amateur Golf Association, Greater Madison, Member
  • Leadership Greater Madison - Alumni Association, Member
  • TEMPO Madison, Member
  • Junior League of Madison, Member


In her spare time, Kirsten is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with her two nephews, travels, attempts to golf, gardens, and works out.


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The following is a partial list of the topics Kirsten covers:

  • Assurance Services Required Under OMB Uniform Guidance
    • Understanding the requirements
    • Clarifying cost allocations for grants and contracts
    • Complying with the guidance
  • Red Flags in Board Governance
    • What powers a successful board?
    • Legal responsibilities of board members
    • How to identify governance issues and strategize solutions

Kirsten has spoken to audiences at:

  • SVA Nonprofit Business Briefings
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Meetings
  • WICPA Not-for-Profit Conference
  • United Way of Dane County
  • Numbers 4 Nonprofits

Awards and Affiliations

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