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Thomas Raffa, CPA, Founder and CEO

Tom is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Raffa, which he established specifically to service the needs of the nonprofit community.  During his more than 39-year career, Tom has provided accounting, auditing, tax services and business consulting to the nonprofit sector, conducting studies on management structure, internal and operational controls, and management information systems.  Many Raffa clients have also enlisted Tom’s assistance in assembling compensation and fringe benefits packages, executive compensation and retirement plans, indirect cost negotiations, fundraising efforts, investment policies, financial projections and matters of governance.

To serve Raffa’s clients more fully, Tom founded two affiliate organizations, Raffa Financial Services, Inc. (RFSI) and Raffa Wealth Management (RWM).  RFSI, formed in 1999, provides insurance and investment products and services, while RWM, formed in 2005, provides investment consulting and financial planning to private foundations and high-wealth individuals who support the nonprofit sector.

Tom is a pioneer in social enterprise.  In 2016, Raffa Social Capital Advisors was formed to accelerate and scale those groups and individuals with solid social enterprises programs that could change the world.  Tom was named Business CEO of the Year for Social Value Leadership by Greater DC Cares  and one of the Top 50 CEOs in DC by CEO Magazine (2009).  He was also named the Georgetown Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year (2016).  He was voted CPA of the Year by his professional peers. 

His professional and volunteer support of nonprofits has garnered him several other recent awards, including the 2016 Individual Making a Difference Award from The Nonprofit Village, the Volunteer Achievement Award from the Accountants for the Public Interest and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management (2008).  Raffa was recognized as the 19th Top Corporate Philanthropist in the Region (2012).  Tom was recognized for the creation of Companies for Causes and his commitment to improving education outcomes for students by the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation at the 2014 P.E.A.R.L.S. Awards with the Innovation in Philanthropy Award.  More recently, he was named the Italian Man of the Year but the Italian American Association (Lido Civic Club) (2016). 

Tom shares his expertise through articles in national publications such as The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which cover issues affecting the nonprofit sector.  He also has been an instructor and speaker for many nonprofit training programs and conferences and various federal agencies.  He often speaks to at various corporate functions on matters of corporate social responsibility.

Industry Involvement
• Certified Public Accountant
• Member, AICPA
• Recipient, CPA of the Year
• Awardee, Top 50 CEOs in DC by CEO Magazine
• Recipient, Business CEO of the Year for Social Value Leadership by Greater DC Cares
• Contributor, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Community Involvement
• Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
• Board Chair, Catalogue for Philanthropy
• Board Member and Chair of the Technology Committee, United Way of the National Capital Area
• Board Chair, Social Impact 360
• Board Member, Park City Community Foundation
• Advisory Board Member, Aspire
• Member, Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program
• Mentor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Education
• Georgetown University, BSBA

Tom is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Raffa, which he established specifically to service the needs of the nonprofit community.

About Tom Raffa

Dan Maffey is a managed accounting services partner with experience in business operations - specifically financial management, planning and budgeting.

About Dan Maffey

Gery Ivanova has more than 15 years of audit experience. She joined Raffa in 2001.

About Gery Ivanova

Patricia Williams has been an HR professional for more than 20 years, and has worked with nonprofits for more than 25 years.

About Patricia Williams

Glenn is a partner in Raffa's Financial Systems Group in the Informtaion Technology department.

About Glenn Anstead

Julie Jones is a managed accounting services partner with nonprofit expertise in budgeting processes and internal controls.

About Julie Jones

Seth Zarny leads the Raffa Technology consulting practice.

About Seth Zarny

Kimberly Robertson is a senior audit partner with expertise in nonprofit accounting.

About Kim Robertson

Jean Gilbert is a partner with Raffa's managed accounting services department.

About Jean Gilbert

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