Battershell & Nichols Testimonials
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Church finances are not something ministry leaders love talking about, let alone enjoy spending time on. However, accuracy, integrity, and transparency are of the utmost importance when leading a church ministry. To accomplish that, we needed to assemble a team to provide a high standard of bookkeeping and accounting for our congregation.
Christian Life Center’s leadership had made a commitment to excellence in the area of finance. Once that commitment was made, we went looking for an accounting firm to help us meet our goals of accuracy, integrity, and transparency. Battershell & Nichols has delivered an incredible service to our church and team. We’ve tried other firms, and the difference we’ve seen in B&N’s quality of work and care for our ministry makes us grateful to have B&N as a part of our finance team.
We wholeheartedly recommend B&N to you. You will find a highly competent group of professionals working alongside your team who share your commitment to your mission and ministry.
Virgil Brown, Lead Pastor
Christian Life Center
When our organization was founded a few years ago, we made a commitment that our financial records would be done professionally by a CPA firm that had a lot of experience with nonprofits. We went with Battershell & Nichols, and they have been with us from the beginning. They have not only helped our leadership team, but the fact that we have CPA oversight has brought about a trustworthiness to our donors. I believe this has helped us with increased donations too over the years.
We quickly found out how many accounting and tax questions we encountered on a day to day basis. The team at Battershell & Nichols not only prepare our financial statements, compilations, and tax returns, they also have become part of our team as a trusted advisor that helps us navigate a lot of complex accounting and tax matters.
I remember one time I had to work with an attorney and an insurance auditor that gave me financial reports that I didn’t really understand. I called the team at Battershell & Nichols and asked for one of them to join me at this meeting. I knew it was beyond their scope of work, but they sent one of their team anyway. That’s the kind of people they are. They are very professional and excellent at what they do. And they also care deeply for the success of our mission at WAMS.
Another side benefit I’ve observed about this team. When our organization was founded, I was the Development Director and I was recently promoted to be the CEO. I’ve realized that some of the skills I now possess to lead this organization were gained through my working with Battershell & Nichols. I am a better leader because they are on my team.
Helen Nguyen, CEO
Women’s Accessible Medical Services (WAMS)
Before we hired Battershell & Nichols, we did our bookkeeping in-house. While our bookkeeper did everything we had asked for, we all had a sense that we needed help to get our financial reports and processes more in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). When our bookkeeper retired, we made the decision to outsource our accounting work.
It was one thing to find a CPA office, but quite another to find one we could trust and who understands our church accounting needs. The moment we made the decision to work with Battershell & Nichols, we were not disappointed! We found them to be professional and possessed the specific knowledge and skills for church accounting work.
We found them to be very fair in their price, and they have delivered even more than what we hoped for. Their financial reports are easy to read with graphs and key metrics, giving us a clearer picture of where we are financially month to month.
Another big benefit is the online programs they use, allowing our work to be done remotely. This brought us to a paperless process for all our accounting functions including deposits, checks and reimbursements, payroll, general ledger, and financial reports. This produced greater efficiencies and convenience for our staff and leadership team. It really became valuable when COVID suddenly came. With so much disruption around that event, it was a huge relief to know that our accounting functions continued smoothly and without interruption.
On a personal note, the stress level for me and our treasurer really dropped once B&N joined our team. Just knowing we have a CPA team that services our church and someone to go to with accounting and tax questions provided a confidence in me that is enjoyed by our leadership team and members at large. I highly recommend the services of Battershell & Nichols. They are professional, experts in their field, and very kind and caring. It is a joy to work with them!
Hylan Slobodkin, Pastor
We are a growing and dynamic church, and several years ago we found ourselves needing professional accountants to help us maintain a high standard of accounting in our fast-changing environment. This was important not only for our leadership team but also to maintain the confidence of our donor base. We wanted a CPA firm who understood nonprofit accounting and tax regulations.
We found what we were looking for with Battershell & Nichols. Not only have they brought clarity and solid oversight into our financial records, but they have been the trusted advisor we need whenever questions come up.
They often go above and beyond our expectations. Recently, I gave them last-minute changes for our monthly report. I told them we had a board meeting in a couple of days and that I would love to have the report, but I also made it clear that I didn’t expect it since they had such little time to prepare it. I was shocked when the report arrived the next day, and we were able to have our meeting as scheduled. Later, I learned they had made adjustments to their work schedule to make it work for us. That’s the kind of team they have there. They make me feel like I’m the only client they have.
But here’s what really blesses me about this team. They are Christians themselves and care deeply for the Church and specifically for our ministry at Seattle Revival Center. Several times, they have paused during our phone calls to pray for the church and our leadership team. They’ve even come out to our church offices just to get to know me and our ministry. In all my years here, I’ve never experienced that kind of personal care. That is more than money can pay for!
Michelle Tibbs, Controller
Seattle Revival Center
For the first several years, Rick educated me on current tax law for business expenses, and I realized significant financial tax savings.
As a pastor of a growing mega-church, I employed his firm to perform our annual audits. That has empowered our organization in the critical task of demonstrating its financial integrity.
When I opened up my first corporation, Rick successfully navigated me through the state and IRS processes as well as HR issues which needed to be addressed.
Now, in my retirement, this firm continues to keep me current on all tax regulations, even as I navigate 1031 real estate transactions and commercial property investments. To date, I have never been audited by the IRS. For these, and many other reasons, I continue to be a satisfied customer.
It is hard to believe that we have been with Battershell & Nichols for almost 30 years! They handle the accounting for our nonprofit ministry, for-profit preschool, and our personal taxes. Their professionalism and care have remained the same from the beginning when our organizations were small through the years of growth which followed.
Through the years, Battershell & Nichols have answered our questions, sorted our problems, and kept our operations running smoothly. We have partnered with them to strengthen our bookkeeping, file all the necessary tax documents, and generally stay informed about the constant changes in finance and tax laws. Our financial health is due in large part to the knowledge and expertise of Battershell & Nichols.
You go to someone because you have a need. You stay because they can be trusted. The counsel we have received has been invaluable and given us peace of mind. We always know our books are in good shape and our taxes are properly filed.
Having an expert in our corner has allowed us to focus on the things we do well and achieve our goals. It also helps if the experts are nice people who have your best interests at heart. We have enjoyed our relationship with Battershell & Nichols for many years, and we hope it continues for many more!
They have provided the confidence needed in the accounting and tax areas while my company continued to grow. But that’s only part of what they have done for us. When we needed to outsource our bookkeeping, B&N helped us secure the right person. Then, when we decided to bring our bookkeeping in-house, they came along side us to find competent staff to fill the accounting and administration positions. They coached me on how to run a tight ship and maintain integrity in our internal controls and financial reporting.
We couldn’t be happier working with the Battershell & Nichols team and plan to continue our business relationship in the years ahead. From bookkeeping, to training, to tax planning, I highly recommend Battershell & Nichols. I am certain they will do the same for any other business seeking professional oversight in accounting and tax matters.
Owner, Patriot’s Choice
The Battershell & Nichols team helped educate us as owners as well as our employees in areas where we were weak. Through this process, we have built trust in them. We have faith that they will tell us the hard truths to help us streamline and improve our business.
Battershell & Nichols has drastically helped our efficiency as a business. They also, unknowingly, have helped us to understand better discernment in hiring the right help for our business.
Managing Partner, Five Star Mechanical
We have used Battershell & Nichols as our primary resource for tax and accounting advice and oversight for more than 15 years, and in that time I have never once been disappointed with the results they provide – whether it’s been a quick answer over the phone, or preparing our year-end reports, the staff of Battershell & Nichols are not only competent and skilled technicians who serve with excellence and integrity, but they are great to work with!
Linda Nelson, Former Business Administrator
Federal Way, WA
Dave Erickson, Exec. Pastor of Admin.
Bethany Baptist Church
Battershell & Nichols has been invaluable to the ministry of Northwest Church. Their expertise, reliability, and consistency are second to none. The counsel and services they provide give us strong confidence and immeasurable peace of mind. From the small details to major financial decisions, their team’s wisdom always exceed our expectations.
Marc Hagman, Former Ministry Resource Director.
Federal Way, WA
Calvary Community Church
Kevin Sullivan, Senior Pastor
High Pointe Church
Ron Lalime, Business Director
Riverview Community Church
Rick Battershell has helped our organization repeatedly over the years, mostly by being instantly available to answer any questions I send his way. He has provided help concerning the WA state property tax laws with its facilities use guidelines for a nonprofit. Those questions have been never-ending! I have also received direction concerning employment tax law, 1099 forms, and pension plans. If I can’t find an answer myself, I send him an email. If I think I understand some particular law, he will verify that for me. He is the “go-to guy” for any Financial Manager’s questions. I do not know what we would have done all these years without his help.
Anita O’Connor, Former Financial Administrator
Peninsula Bible Fellowship
I have served in administrative positions at Our Savior Lutheran Church for the past 17 years. During that time Robin Nichols and Rick Battershell have helped our church with preparing financial statements, classifying employees correctly, and answering confusing financial questions that come up from time to time. Rick and Robin have a special passion for helping church administrators implement best practices as they apply to church finances. I have attended many of their presentations at the local meetings for church business administrators and their annual workshops and have found the information relevant, up-to-date, and very helpful.
Sue Bratz, Former Business Administrator
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Cedar Park Church
As a nearly 50-year-old church, we took pride in emphasizing our spiritual purposes but in the process of doing so, we neglected to carry out financial practices with the consideration they deserve. Such inattention brought the leadership and the overall church into a very difficult time. Not keeping up to date on appropriate financial procedures and practices nearly cost us our good name in the community and, further, eroded the confidence of our congregation. Trust in both organizational and spiritual leadership were questioned. The result of not having our financial house in order was that we were significantly distracted from focusing on our spiritual calling. We are grateful to the available, calm, and professional leadership of Battershell & Nichols, PS. They played a significant role in getting us to the place of relative financial peace that we presently enjoy. Without their prompt, patient, and professional guidance we would have surely continued to struggle to keep up with the ever-changing IRS and State regulations. We continue to rely upon them for ongoing advice and training. Our church is not alone in overlooking sound financial accounting practices. We are thankful for His Grace and for the ongoing assistance of Battershell & Nichols to counsel us toward sustaining sound financial procedures and practices.
Tim Larson, Chairman, Elder Board
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