Below are statements from clients (and some former clients) about their experiences working with GRF CPAs & Advisors. To learn more about groups that have worked with a particular partner, visit the partners’ bio pages in the Leadership Team section.
GRF is very professional, knowledgeable, and approachable. Jennifer McChaill and Max Manley provide us with prompt and expert advice right throughout the year. I would recommend GRF and its services to any non-profit organization.
GRF has been an amazing partner to Freedom Network USA. Throughout our development and growth, GRF has provided expert guidance, support, and information to help us ensure our financial strength and transparency. The GRF team makes the audit process a great learning opportunity, and they always ensure that we have everything we need to keep improving.
GRF CPAs & Advisors continues to prove themselves as being adaptable and proactive to the needs of our evolving organization. The thing I appreciate most about working with GRF CPAs & Advisors is that they are always fully transparent about expectations.
NASPA has partnered with GRF since 2010, during which time we have grown significantly with GRF serving as a great resource as we’ve structured our financial operations to ensure we meet auditing standards. We have worked with several partners and their teams over the course of multiple engagements, always impressed by both their depth of knowledge of the nonprofit industry and NASPA’s work, with significant time taken to understand not just what we do but why we do it. As both NASPA and GRF operated fully remote through the pandemic and now permanently, the transition to a fully virtual audit was seamless, with well-organized systems and procedures provided by the team. Audits are a lot of work – Gelman makes it easy
I’ve had the pleasure to work with the team at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) over the past nine years. Every audit engagement has been completed in a very professional and organized manner. They have always provided extremely helpful feedback and guidance throughout the year. I strongly endorse the work done by GRF.
Our client partner Walt Derengowski and his team at GRF are incredible. They lead our annual audit with care, and great attention to detail, and are most importantly a key strategic partner in supporting our growth. We have expanded by 300% since we started working with GRF and we’re proud to have them as our audit and tax partner, in service of our ambitious mission to end youth homelessness in the U.S.
To implement the system (Sage Intacct) effectively, not only do you have to understand accounting and finance, but you also have to understand the technical part of the software as well. The GRF team offers both components, and my team and I were able to have philosophical conversations with GRF as we were making key decisions.
I really appreciate the professionalism of GRF’s team throughout NACD’s audit. Our engagement team was very easy to work with and we appreciate how they handled things before, during, and after the audit. Audit Partner Tricia Katebini and her team (Mark Tessar, Tom Shields, Liam Harrington, Katelyn Miller, and Kayla Blaise) were all a pleasure to work with.
Global Communities has worked with Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) for over 15 years. As a client we have been overwhelmingly pleased with the professionalism and technical capabilities of their dedicated teams specifically , Amy Boland, Jim Larson, and Jenn McCahill.
Elinor (Litwack) is Yachad’s long-time accountant. Last month she worked at breakneck speed to see that we had all the information needed to apply for emergency public funding. She did this while managing her four children and all her other clients.
Growing from an organization with an annual budget of under 1 million to an over 4 million annual budget in less than 5 years has been an occasionally challenging trajectory to navigate and there was no better auditing team to have by our side than Walt Derengowski and GRF.
The team at GRF has been an invaluable resource as I’ve launched, grown and succeeded with my business. David Graling is a consummate professional who is quick to respond to questions with thoughtful and insightful answers. And when he doesn’t know, someone else at GRF does — and they’re ready to help.
We’ve partnered with GRF for several years. Our GRF team does not just play “gotcha” regarding internal controls and financial statements presentations. They are true thought partners who work with our accounting team to help us become a best-in-class department. I appreciate that Alejandra Jensen, and Ricardo Trujillo are not just technically competent auditors, but are also very relatable and personable professionals. All of it matters when trying to pair up with the firm that fits best!
We have worked with GRF for over a decade. Not only are they a valuable resource during the year as questions come up, but they also do a great job of institutionalizing knowledge from engagement to engagement, so we don’t get asked the same questions each year. We’ve had a seamless transition with them to remote audits and appreciate their focus on customer service and practical solutions.
The Himalayan Cataract Project engaged GRF and Walt Derengowski as our auditors and tax preparers at a time when HCP was growing significantly. We sought out a firm that would not only provide a strong review of our business and accounting practices but one we could rely on to help us improve. Walt and his team were consummate professionals and continue to be exceptional resources as we expand globally with more robust systems. We would not hesitate to recommend Walt and GRF to other non-profit organizations like ours.
AUVSI has had a relationship with the firm of Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors), and specifically Jim Larson, for (several) years. GRF was selected to perform auditing services after reviewing proposals from several other accounting firms. We have never regretted that decision.
WomenHeart has partnered with GRF CPA & Advisors for over ten years. Adrianne Wegner and Ian Shuman have shown their dedication to support our unique needs, by helping us strategize and implement new solutions to streamline our financial operations and competently advises us through every stage of change for our organization.
Walt Derengowski and his team are very professional, thorough, proficient, and knowledgeable. They take time to explain matters that may be unclear and they were very flexible in scheduling. Also noteworthy is the fact that they very quickly grasped the nature of the work that we do.
Jenn McCahill and her team at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) represent true professionals. She ensures the audit engagement is completed within budget and on time, presents timely financial statements, and is always available to answer our questions. I trust her expertise and often turn to her for advice.
Trevor Williams has been a key asset for IHEP throughout the audit process. He is clearly dedicated to his work, as he often goes above and beyond, making sure to take the time to truly understand our organization in order to provide excellent guidance from planning to field work.
The accounting firm of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) has consistently provided the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) with superior services. The team, led by partner Terri McKnight, is knowledgeable about the nuances of the nonprofit industry, as well as attentive and thorough in their responses to any questions and concerns.
Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) have performed the audit for Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. for the past three years, and each time our audits have been run smoothly, timely, and efficiently. Terri McKnight and her team are always friendly, thoughtful communicators and have been a pleasure to work with.
Under the professional leadership of partner Andreas Alexandrou, the GRF team brings a high level of technical expertise concerning the nonprofit industry and translates this knowledge to Doorways and its mission.
Terri McKnight is solid gold. Her audit approach has taken APA’s engagement to the next level. The audit is managed with such effectiveness and ease that I am able to play a less active role and concentrate on my other responsibilities.”
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) selected Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (now GRF CPAs & Advisors) in 1996 because we knew that the firm is well-versed in the business of nonprofits that work internationally. Since the beginning, we have worked exclusively with Bob Albrecht. Bob clearly understands our mission and believes in it.