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Kirsten Houghton CPA, MBA

Principal-in-Charge Nonprofit Services


(608) 826-2046   
Madison
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ON THE JOB

Kirsten is a Principal with SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. and leads the Nonprofit Services group. Kirsten’s expertise includes the nonprofit and real estate industries.

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

Kirsten has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge relating to taxation, specifically the nuances included in the 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.

Education

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

Credentials

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

Speaking Experience

  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Not-for-Profit Conference
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Meetings and Seminars
  • Wisconsin Dairy Producers statewide conferences - Tax-exempt Organization Issues, Directors & Officers Insurance and Board Governance
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison

Publications

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)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Former Treasurer, Past-President
  • United Way Women United - Co-chair of Philanthropy Breakfast
  • TEMPO Madison
  • Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE)
  • Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA)
  • Leadership Greater Madison - Alumni Association (LGMAA)
  • Leadership Greater Madison 11
  • Junior League of Madison

Civic/Community Involvement

  • WEDWisconsin - Steering Committee Member
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member, Former Treasurer, Past-President
  • United Way Women's Leadership Council –Member, Past-Chair
  • Executive Women's Golf Association - Member
  • Leadership Greater Madison - Alumni Association - Member
  • TEMPO Madison -  Member
  • Junior League of Madison - Member

Personal

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

SPEAKER SOURCE

Kirsten is a Principal and head of Nonprofit Services at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. In addition to providing audit, accounting, and tax services, Kirsten also provides review, compilation, and management advisory services. Kirsten has a wealth of knowledge relating to taxation, specifically the nuances included in the revised 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. 

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
  • Wisconsin Dairy Producers
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Meetings
  • WICPA Not-for-Profit Conference