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Firm dedicates Summer of Service to local nonprofits

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May 10, 2011

Massachusetts CPA and business consulting firm DiCicco, Gulman & Company will kick off its third annual “Summer of Service” program next week that offers assistance to area nonprofits.

The firm, which has specialized expertise in the nonprofit industry, donated more than 300 hours to 10 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area last year, with plans to match those numbers this summer.

Two organizations assisted last year were Raising a Reader, which helps children in low-income families develop good reading habits, and Seafarer’s Friend, which provides ministry services to New England coast visitors. The firm offers guidance and advice for basic accounting, budget and best practices.

“This is one way we give back,” said Partner and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Burke in a statement. “By sharing our financial expertise with nonprofit organizations in need of guidance, it benefits both the NPO and the DGC staff who work on the project with them.”

While the firm helps with setting up budgets, training on software and reporting on tax-related forms such as Form 990, the program does not include assurance services, for which an official engagement letter is required.

“Seafarer’s Friend operates on donations, and for years has worked hard at maintaining effective stewardship with the limited funds we have,” said Reverend J. Loring Carpenter, Seafarer’s Friend executive director, in a statement. “In the current economy, this has been even more of a challenge. Important to this effort is the accurate recording of funds. DGC has helped us achieve that goal and we are very thankful for their assistance.”

Nonprofits can submit their applications to be part of the program to www.dgccpa.com/summerofservice, where they will be accepted based on the scope of work needed and staff availability.

 

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