2010 Financial Forum for Ministries, Livermore, CA

It’s your responsibility to ensure that ministry finances are managed well. How do you stay abreast of changes that can affect the way you fulfill that responsibility? The 2010 Financial Forum for Ministries co-presented by CapinCrouse LLP and ECCU. Come learn from experts like Rick LeBrun, partner and national director of church services with CapinCrouse LLP, who will talk about detecting and preventing fraud. Rick will be joined by other noted presenters.


October 26, 2010
9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Cornerstone Fellowship
348 North Canyons Parkway
Livermore, CA 94551
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What you can expect:

  • Critical tax and accounting updates
  • Specifics of fraud prevention and detection
  • How to increase the chances that your ministry’s loan will be renewed
  • Recent trends in fundraising and development

Who should attend:

  • Senior and executive pastors
  • Business administrators
  • Chief financial officers
  • Treasurers
  • Board and audit committee members

Cost: This event is free and lunch is included.

CPE credit will be available.


2010 Financial Forum for Ministries

Events in this series include:

October 26, 2010 in Livermore, CA

October 27, 2010 in San Diego, CA

October 28, 2010 in Brea, CA

November 30, 2010 in Colorado Springs, CO


October 26, 2010

9:00 — 9:25 a.m. Registration and Networking
9:25 — 9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 — 10:30 a.m. Session 1
"Positioning Your Ministry for Maximum Fundraising Effectiveness", Dr. Ron Harris, Vanguard University
10:30 — 11:45 a.m. Session 2
"Fraud? Not in My Organization!", Rick LeBrun, CapinCrouse LLP
11:45 — 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 — 1:45 p.m. Session 3
"2010 Hot Tax Topics", John Butler, CapinCrouse LLP
1:45 — 2:45 p.m. Session 4
"How to Increase the Chances that Your Ministry’s Loan Will Be Renewed", David Lee, ECCU
2:45 — 3:00 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks


"Fraud? Not in My Organization!"

Presented by: Rick LeBrun, CapinCrouse LLP

Many new cases of fraud in nonprofit organizations have been reported lately. Learn the ways fraud can be perpetrated, identify indicators of fraud, and understand key measures that are critical to prevent or detect fraud in a timely manner.

"How to Increase the Chances that Your Ministry’s Loan Will Be Renewed"

Presented by: David Lee, ECCU

When your loan comes up for renewal, lenders are most interested in your ministry’s overall financial health. What are they looking for? How can you increase the chances not only of that loan being renewed, but of being financially positioned to pursue your ministry’s mission? This session will show you how to evaluate your ministry’s financial health today.

"2010 Hot Tax Topics"

Presented by: John Butler, CapinCrouse LLP

One thing you can count on in life is change. This session will review recent changes in tax laws and regulations as they pertain to ministries and the people who lead them.

"Positioning Your Ministry for Maximum Fundraising Effectiveness"

Presented by: Dr. Ron Harris, Vanguard University

Fundraising inhibitors can work disaster on your development plan unless you are operating on the cutting edge of solid fundraising principles. This session will identify these fundraising effectiveness inhibitors, present the most recent best practices, and provide specific tools for implementing a consistently excellent fundraising program.


Rick LeBrun

CapinCrouse LLP
Partner and National Director of Church Services

Rick is partner in charge of CapinCrouse’s California offices and serves as the National Director of Church Services. With over 34 years of experience in public accounting, he has provided a wide range of audit, accounting, and advisory services to churches, denominations, colleges and universities, and to missionary, health care, and other not-for-profit organizations. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Brown University.

Rick provides consulting for administrative procedures, internal reporting, and accounting and tax compliance. He has extensive experience in accounting systems analysis, design, and implementation for not-for-profit applications including Shelby Systems, ACS Technologies, and Blackbaud. He has served as a consultant to developers of fund accounting systems and has assisted clients in selecting, implementing, and maximizing the use of computerized accounting systems.

As a result of this extensive experience, Rick speaks at conferences and seminars on various exempt organization issues, as well as at various computer user groups for fund accounting software.

Rick is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the California Society of CPAs, and the Christian Leadership Alliance.

David Lee

Ministry Development Officer

David is a ministry development officer for ECCU’s Colorado regional office. He has been serving ministries at ECCU for the last 18 years in various development and management positions.

David is also on the pastoral staff of a Denver-area church and has served on the pastoral staff of various churches for over 19 years. He has served as president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Christian Leadership Alliance (formerly known as the Christian Management Association) and is completing his second term on their board.

He earned his Bachelors in finance from California State University Fullerton and his Masters in Christian education from Talbot School of Theology. As a Certified Treasury Professional®, David is committed to equipping ministries to be better informed and helping them be more effective at reaching their communities with the gospel.

John Butler

CapinCrouse LLP
Attorney and Tax Counsel

John is an attorney who has specialized in serving exempt organizations. As tax counsel, he reviews tax and tax-related matters that arise during an audit or advisory engagement to formulate counsel and tax opinions on important operating and tax issues. He received both a bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia.

Prior to his association with CapinCrouse, John served with Campus Crusade for Christ for eight years as in-house legal counsel, and during his last three years served as director of the legal department.

To assist the larger not-for-profit and Christian communities, John actively participates in writing and speaking opportunities. Areas of focus include general tax issues, unrelated business income, benefit plans, compensation planning and reporting, missionary employment structures, charitable solicitations, and many more. He’s also had articles published in The Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations (now called Taxation of Exempts).

John is a member of the CrossGlobal Link Business Affairs Committee.

Dr. Ron Harris

Vanguard University
Vice President for University Advancement

Ron Harris is a nationally recognized expert and early pioneer in the field of non-profit marketing. His academic articles on this subject in the early 1980s paved the way for the formation of departments of development in non-profits, large and small, in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, Ron serves as the vice president for university advancement of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

Before joining Vanguard, Ron was the president of Ron Harris & Associates, a sought-after consulting firm specializing in fundraising, board development, mentoring of executive officers, and major gift officer training. He provided consulting services to colleges and universities, churches, and artistic performance groups, and also supported anti-human trafficking endeavors.

With over 35 years of fundraising experience, Ron has served in various roles—business professor, academic dean, vice president, and senior-vice president—at several universities. He earned his doctorate in higher education from Montana State University focused on educational/non-profit marketing, and his masters from Minnesota State University Mankato centered on effective business practices. Bethel University awarded him a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Ron has written over 100 articles in a variety of publications, including business journals, academic reference journals, newspapers, and general publications. Ron has served as editor of several journals including the Montana Business Journal, the California Business Education Journal, and the Sales and Marketing Newsletter.


Cost: This event is free and lunch is included.

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If you have questions, call Myra Miller at 714.671.9300, ext. 228 or email registration@capincrouse.com.


Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551 (925.447.3465)

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