At Dermody, Burke & Brown (DB&B), our work with not-for-profit clients isn't a sideline - it is a significant portion of our practice. In 60+ years, DB&B's highly experienced team has worked with more than 200 not-for-profit organizations. Therefore, we are very well-versed in the day-to-day issues that most not-for-profit organizations face and can offer proactive solutions. Should an unusual issue arise, DB&B's standing in the Allinial Global Not-for-Profit Committee allows our team to tap into the wealth of knowledge of other top not-for-profit accounting practices around the world.
DB&B has a deep base of knowledge and industry experience, allowing us to provide organizations with proactive solutions. We routinely give our clients new ideas and suggestions for improving their operational efficiency and effectiveness. For every audit engagement, our team provides a "Letter of Observations and Recommendations" that: (1) highlights relevant trends and "best practices" in the client's niche; (2) offers pertinent observations regarding the client's practices; and (3) makes suggestions for improvement. We also regularly assist our not-for-profit clients with board presentations, including an in-depth review of the audit and a summary of our findings and other observations and recommendations.
We strive to keep our clients apprised of best practices, industry trends and developments, and changes in standards and regulations through our niche-specific seminars, "Thought Leadership" emails and our Nonprofit Insights newsletters. To ensure that it is a two-way conversation, our Members/Principals reach out to our clients often so that we can understand the specific challenges they face and how DB&B can help.
David de Silva, CPA
David has over thirty-nine years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to a wide range of organizations. He currently leads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Not-for-Profit specialty niche that serves over 100 organizations in Central New York. The Not-for-Profit specialty niche provides services to a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including fine arts, foundations, human service providers, health care organizations and facilities, assistive living facilities, low-income subsidized senior and family housing developments, and low-income tax credit housing developments. He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including internal control analysis and recommendations.
David is a graduate of LeMoyne College. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). David received the AICPA certificate of achievement in governmental and nonprofit accounting and auditing. He is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves as the Firm’s designated audit quality partner of the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center. David has also been active as a member of the Allinial Global Not-for-Profit Committee.
David served for ten years on the New York State Board for Public Accountancy. He served two years as vice-chairman and two years as chairman of the Board. The New York State Board for Public Accountancy advises the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department on licensing requirements, licensing examinations, and practice issues. He continues to serve on the Extended Board of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy which assists the Board with the licensure disciplinary and/or restoration and moral character proceedings. Additionally, he serves on the State Board Committee of the AICPA Board of Examiners and was recently appointed chairman of the State Board Committee. The State Board Committee serves as a communications liaison between NASBA and the AICPA. The Board of Examiners is a senior committee of the AICPA responsible for the oversight, administration and development of the CPA Exam.
David served a number of years on the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The UAA is an “evergreen” model licensing law developed to provide a uniform approach to regulation of the accounting profession. The UAA Committee oversees the UAA and related Model Rules and recommend amendments to the Board of Directors of NASBA and the AICPA. David also served a number of years on NASBA’s Education Committee.
David has served as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Century Club of Syracuse and currently as a House Committee member. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Syracuse and a Trustee of its related Foundation. Dave was a founding board member and Treasurer of ProLiteracy Worldwide that has over 1000 member programs in the U.S. and 25 countries around the world. He is a past Trustee of Crouse Hospital Health Foundation, past board member and Finance Committee chairman of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and past board member of Girls Inc. (former Girls Club of Syracuse).
Thomas Palmer, CPA
Tom has been with the Dermody, Burke & Brown for over fifteen years. His experience in public accounting includes various external and internal audit engagements for not-for-profit organizations and for profit entities. As a member of the Governmental niche and Not-for-Profit niche, Tom has served as a lead auditor for a variety of organizations, including those receiving funds from the NYS Education Department, Health and Human Services, OASAS, HUD, and the United Way.
He meets each of the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements imposed by the “Yellow Book” issued by the Government Accountability Office. Tom is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is a member of the United Way of CNY Emerging Leaders group and a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Travis Smith, CPA
Travis has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown for over thirteen years providing services to variety of not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, human service providers, and health care organizations. He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.
Travis holds a Bachelor and Master Degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves on the board of directors for Helio Health, Inc.