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Richard A. Cole

Lecturer; Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Rick Cole is a partner in the New York City office of BKD specializing in audits and advisory of not-for-profit organizations. He has been in this role since October 2019. 

Prior to this Rick spent almost six years as a Supervising Project Manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).  In that role, he provided oversight to projects involving not-for-profit organizations (NFPs), consulted on other projects affecting NFPs, and participated in some of the FASB’s broader outreach activities.  He was the Supervising Project Manager on the FASB’s Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Updating the Definition of Collections ASU, and was a member of the project team for the FASB's Revenue Recognition of Grants and Contracts by Not-for-Profit Entities ASU.  He was also the project manager on the Financial Performance Reporting for business entities project. Mr. Cole also was the coordinator for the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee and the Private Company Council.

Prior to joining the FASB, Mr. Cole was the Vice President and Controller at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he worked for over seven years, and before that was a senior manager with KPMG LLP, where he worked for over fourteen years and specialized in audits of higher education institutions and other NFPs.   Mr. Cole is a part-time lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies in their M.S. of Nonprofit Management program.  Mr. Cole earned a B.S. and an MBA from Montclair State University.  He is a CPA in New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.


  • NOPM PS5370: Fundraising Fundamentals for Nonprofits


  • M.B.A., Montclair State University
  • B.S., Montclair State University