Malvern J. Gross, Jr. was the author of the first edition of this text and a significant contributor to many of the subsequent editions. He is a retired partner of Price Waterhouse (a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and a nationally recognized authority on accounting and financial reporting for not-for-profit organizations. he was chairman of the AICPA Subcommittee on Nonprofit Organizations that wrote the 1978 landmark Statement of Position for Certain Nonprofit Organizations, and of the Accounting Advisory Committee to the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs. He was a member of the committee that wrote the second edition o f Standards of Accounting and Financial Museum Accounting Handbook. He served as an advisor to the Financial Accounting Standards board in the early phases of its work on setting accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, and to the New York State Charities Registration Office, as well as an adjunct professor of accounting at Lehigh University, his alma mater. After retirement from Price waterhouse he was president of a not-for-profit organization, the National Aeronautics Association. He now lives in the San Juan Islands of the state of Washington.
John H. McCarthy served as the National Leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Education & Nonprofit Practice before his retirement in 2005. He was a coauthor of the sixth edition of this text. He also is the coauthor of Understanding Financial Statements: A Strategic Guide for Independent College and University Boards, published by t4he Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (1998), as well as several publications by PricewaterhouseCoopers including: The Changing Role of the Audit Committee (2004); Leading Practices for Colleges, Universities and Other Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions (2004); Leading Practices for Colleges, Universities and Other Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions (2004); A Foundation for Integrity (a 2004 guide for codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, and executive compensation); Meeting the Challenges of Alternative Investments (2004); Understanding Underwater Endowment Funds (2003); and Financial Reporting and Contributions: A Decision Making Guide to FASB Nos. 116-117 (1996) among others. He is a CPA who, for more than 36 years, served PricewaterhouseCoopers' education and not-for-profit clients, including many of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. He currently served on several not-for-profit boards. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Inc. (MSCPA) and a two-term member of the Governing Council of the AICPA. He has received numerous honors for his involvement in the community. He graduated from Boston College and has an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.
Nancy E. Shelmon is a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and is the firm's West Region Leader for the Education and Not-for-Profit Industry within the United States. Nancy is a frequent speaker at AICPA and state CPA conferences on financial reporting and accounting issues affecting not-for-profit clients for over thirty years and has been involved with some of the most widely respected organizations in North America. Nancy served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Urban Leaguer, the California Journal and Executive Service Corps of Southern California. In addition to being a CPA, she is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. She holds her accounting degree from the University of Minnesota.