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Honoring Richard Capin, Founder of CapinCrouse

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Humble servant. Faithful steward. A man of faith and integrity who was passionate about sharing the Gospel. These are some of the ways those who knew him describe Richard (Dick) F. Capin, founder of CapinCrouse, who passed away on November 25, 2020, after a lifetime of Christian devotion and stewardship.

Dick heeded God’s calling and left a successful corporate career to devote his accounting and business expertise to serving mission-focused nonprofits. He first served in Korea with OMS International (now One Mission Society), where he helped design and implement systems and procedures that freed missionaries from the day-to-day operations of the organization and gave them more time to minister. Then in 1972 he founded CapinCrouse, an accounting firm dedicated to serving mission-focused nonprofit organizations.

The new firm was motivated and equipped to assist mission-focused ministries in maintaining integrity and maximizing their stewardship. It was not about doing accounting, but about doing ministry through accounting.

Dick’s passion for accountability, transparency, and integrity in service to nonprofit organizations played a major role in the growth of the firm. It also had a significant impact on the accounting and financial reporting systems and procedures used by Christian ministries and other nonprofit organizations.

Over the years, Dick worked to help establish financial accounting and reporting guidance through service to organizations such as the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Christian Management Association (which later merged with the Christian Stewardship Association to form the Christian Leadership Alliance), and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism.

Five decades later, Dick’s legacy lives on at CapinCrouse. It is our mission to provide innovative service to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed — a mission that is at the center of everything we do.

“We are grateful that Dick Capin listened to the call of God,” said Managing Partner Fran Brown. “He was committed to serving ministries changing lives 50 years ago and his firm continues with that singular focus.”

“Dick Capin was a strategic thinker who lived and modeled servant leadership,” noted Stan Reiff, Partner and Professional Practice Leader – Consulting. “He impacted the Kingdom in so many quiet yet powerful ways through his biblical world view, professional insights, and strategic leadership in so many organizations… ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

Dick retired from CapinCrouse in 1987 but remained active in ministry, serving One Mission Society, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. While we mourn his passing, we also rejoice, knowing that he has reached his Heavenly reward, filled with peace and joy at home with the Lord.

 

Learn more about Dick Capin’s inspiring life and legacy:

Richard F. Capin – A look at Dick’s life, including the electronic version of his book, Giving Account

Remembering Longtime Ministry Friend Richard Capin – A tribute from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, where Dick shared his talents as Senior Executive Advisor

Building On Our Legacy – Watch this video to see Dick’s vision for the firm and how we’re working to continue it nearly 50 years later

The CapinCrouse Story – A look at our firm’s history and focus.

Building A Super Niche From The Ground Up At CapinCrouse – This Inside Public Accounting article discusses how CapinCrouse has evolved and expanded while staying true to our vision and mission.

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