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Nonprofit Accounting

Supporting the Arts

Industry expertise and unrivaled technical precision in tax and accounting services specific to arts and culture organizations.

How we can help

The Arts and Culture Experience

Our history with performing arts and cultural institutions has given our team an elevated knowledge and technical edge for your organization. Fulfilling our mission of responsive, personal service with every client makes all the difference.

As one of the most reputable accounting and advisory firms in the country with a significant focus on arts and culture organizations, Smith and Howard provides clients with the experience, resources, and guidance necessary to minimize risk and maximize potential. Our arts and culture client roster includes some of the most prestigious and well-established museums, symphonies, and ballets in the United States.  

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“I think they are exceptionally good listeners. I appreciate people who have that skill, and it’s very genuine. They’re a very “do business” thorough firm. They are a great partner – the essence of what you want for a firm.”

 

Virginia Hepner, Retired CEO Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta

Far more than “just” accountants, Smith and Howard adds strategic value and insights to our museum. Their team is knowledgeable, bringing a blend of specialized museum and nonprofit expertise to us and they do it in an understandable, personable way.

Catherine Nowell, EVP and CFO, Fernbank Museum

Organizations we work with:

Museums

We expertly provide the museum sector with essential tax, accounting, and advisory services so they can concentrate on curating programs and delighting visitors.

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Symphonies

We bring together and deliver precise and polished tax, accounting, and advisory services and solutions for symphonies. Working in unison is as important to our team as it is to your players.

Ballets

Expert accounting and advisory services for ballets optimize our best practices and principles for ideal performance and raise the bar on what you can expect from professional services.

Operas

We bring coordinated, expert tax, audit and advisory services to operas so they can focus on coordinating music, drama, and performance. 

Botanical Gardens

We work with botanical gardens, bringing expert knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of their operations coupled with solutions through advisory, audit, and tax services and an eye on growth.

Theaters

Theaters benefit from our knowledge and personable team that provides direction, guidance, and best practices to organizations so they can spend more time focusing on performance on the stage than in the financials.

A Nationally Recognized Accounting Firm

With clients operating in all 50 states, Smith and Howard brings a level of expertise and knowledge to serving our clients. The Smith and Howard Arts and Culture team understand the complex financial and operational challenges faced by nonprofit organizations. We bring experience to identify and capitalize on opportunities. Whether navigating revenue streams or adhering to financial compliance, we understand the unique nuances of nonprofits like yours. 

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Why Us?

Smith and Howard is an arts and culture accounting firm of distinction built on dedicated, personal service, responsiveness, and industry expertise.

With our wealth of knowledge and decades of experience, Smith and Howard is the perfect partner for museums, ballets, symphonies, operas, performing arts organizations, and more as they confront common challenges unique to arts and culture organizations, including achieving long-term financial sustainability and resiliency, building financial reserves, and improving technology.

Nonprofit Accounting Practice Leaders

Kimberly Bland
CPA Partner, Assurance Practice

I love when my clients reach out to me for advice or ask for my opinion. I want to be their trusted advisor, and being able to provide guidance is rewarding and motivating.

Sabre Linahan
CPA Partner, Tax Practice

We have an incredible employee base - people who are smart, dedicated and excited to serve our clients. I am proud to work alongside our people, help them learn and grow, and introduce them to our clients to continue expanding the relationships our clients have within our firm.

How can we help?

Nonprofit Accounting Services

Enlisting Smith and Howard in any capacity is a sound approach to safeguarding your nonprofit organization’s financial future.

We bring an in-depth knowledge of the operations of arts and culture organizations to every engagement, as well as a full scope of valuable nonprofit accounting services and resources.

Connect With Us

  • An annual arts and culture Bootcamp
  • Complimentary publications
  • Industry benchmarking through long-standing participation in the Southeastern Museum Conference and other associations
  • Experience in inventory management and food services businesses
  • Assistance with new nonprofit accounting standards
  • Public debt compliance
  • Federal grant compliance
  • Ongoing monitoring of the impact of new tax regulations and the complexities of unrelated business taxable income (UBTI)
  • Assistance for arts and culture organizations on important IRS topics such as compensation, bonds, foreign reporting, fundraising, and other IRS and state focus areas
  • Best practices for effective governance and risk management

Arts and Culture Accounting Services For Your Organization

Accounting services we provide to the organizations in the arts and culture industry include:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at S+H

At Smith and Howard, we believe in a diverse, talented workforce and are committed to providing a workplace of equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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