Equitable Recovery Initiative: Compliance & Readiness – Part 1

Learn how to determine compliance requirements and practical tips to ensure compliance.
About This Event

Understanding and ensuring compliance with funder requirements is always important.  Compliance takes on heightened importance and increased complexity with the introduction of Federal funding, including ARPA funding.  Navigating compliance can sometimes feel mysterious, both from the perspective of knowing what all the requirements are and also relative to ensuring our processes are sufficient to ensure compliance.  

This session will begin with demystifying compliance requirements, taking participants down the compliance roadmap to understand what compliance requirements are related to their particular funding streams.  Once we understand WHAT compliance exists, we will understand HOW to comply with many of the most common requirements.  Participants will learn practical tips to getting compliant now and how to stay compliant as organizations grow and change. 

The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and its partner BDO FMA are ready to assist organizations in accessing, applying for, and managing current and upcoming American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding opportunities to serve LA County communities most impacted by COVID.  We are especially looking to engage BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving organizations operating under a budget of $2.5M in this effort to ensure equitable access to funding.

Key Topics
  • Compliance roadmap – understanding how to determine compliance requirements 
  • Reviewing the most common compliance requirements 
  • Sharing practical tips for ensuring compliance 
Who Should Attend

All staff members of LA County nonprofit organizations who are interested in learning more about preparing their organizations to apply for current ARPA contracting opportunities. This event is open to staff of nonprofit organizations looking to serve Los Angeles County communities most impacted by COVID.


Gina McDonald, CPA – Managing Director, BDO FMA 

An experienced accountant, Gina is known for her ability to translate highly technical knowledge into relatable concepts and actionable terminology for nonprofit leaders. In addition to leading project teams, she frequently leads the development and delivery of trainings on technical accounting and other matters affecting nonprofits, and is a lead instructor and curriculum developer for the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) program. Prior to joining BDO FMA, Gina spent 17 years in public accounting and served as Director of Finance at the Greater Providence YMCA.

 Gene Lee, Senior Manager, BDO FMA

Gene recently joined BDO FMA where he consults, coaches, and trains nonprofits on a variety of organizational needs. Before joining BDO, he was Director of Project Finance and Grants at WGBH Educational Foundation, the largest producer of content for PBS. At GBH, he was responsible for the overall direction and management of pre- and post-award activity for restricted projects for WGBH that are funded through the federal government, private foundations, major donors, PBS and CPB.

Previously, he was Assistant Director of the Federal Grants Management Office within the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance where he worked to coordinate and maximize billions of Federal grant dollars received by the state. Other organizations he has worked for include the Homeland Security Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Management Consulting Services, Building Excellent Schools; Citizen Schools, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Cambridge Community Services and Kansas City Summerbridge. He has also taught seventh grade English and Asian-American and Ethnic Literature in Kansas City, Missouri.


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