Carol Barnard, CPA, CFE   

Director, Nonprofit Assurance | I advise nonprofits of all sizes and organizations with federal grants that need a Single Audit under Uniform Guidance.

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Who I work with

I work with nonprofits of all sizes and organizations with federal grants. Many of these organizations seek professional expertise when faced with a Single Audit to comply with the Uniform Guidance, which is the government’s framework for grant management.

My specialty

I specialize in nonprofit audits and financial reporting, Uniform Guidance compliance and Single Audits. I am also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and utilize my expertise to bring suggestions for internal controls best practices to my clients.

Results I have delivered

In one year, I helped over 17 for-profit and nonprofit clients learn how to develop better internal controls in compliance with the Uniform Guidance and over 15 clients learn how to establish better internal controls for nonprofit GAAP. I help my clients stand behind their numbers and bring valued understanding to my client service approach.

Unique things about me

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a focus on sculpture from the University of Georgia. I did bronze casting as my main medium, which I first learned while spending a semester abroad in Cortona, Italy (I also loved printmaking!). Now I enjoy photography, including still-life, portrait, travel and animal photography.

I have a soft spot for animals and wildlife and volunteer as Treasurer for Second Chance Wildlife Association — I even lend a hand feeding the baby animals and doing their dishes (orphaned and injured wildlife go through a lot of dishes)!

Carol Barnard - Feeding baby squirrel
Carol Barnard - Norway

When I am not at work

I enjoy traveling and have been to Italy, France, Grenada, Mexico, India, Thailand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Denmark and Costa Rica. I also like to rent lake cottages with my wife in Indiana, which is where her family lives. I always try to plan my travels around what animals I may get to meet in the areas I visit!

People say I am


Genuine, personable, and a trusted mentor and counselor

Carol Barnard - Affiliations


I earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. My professional affiliations include:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)
  • Member of the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA)
  • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Treasurer of Second Chance Wildlife Center

Contributing author and editor of The Financial Handbook for Associations and Nonprofits, published by the ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership