Created more than 50 years ago as The Ohio Society of CPAs Educational Foundation to provide scholarships, the Foundation was recently renamed to better reflect its expanded scope of services. Today, The Ohio CPA Foundation plays a pivotal role in supporting educational programs to drive awareness for the CPA career path and encourage citizens to be more fiscally responsible.
To support accounting and financial literacy education, and programs to interest students in selecting accounting as their major to become future CPAs.
Student Recruiting Initiatives
Attracting the most skilled and talented students to the accounting major and supporting them on their journey to becoming a CPA is paramount to the Foundation. Current student recruiting initiatives include:
ACAP-Ohio: The Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio), a week-long summer enrichment program, introduces minority high school students to the CPA profession through educational workshops and corporate tours, and establishes mentoring relationships between students and minority CPAs.
Student Ambassador Program: Through peer-to-peer counseling, classroom presentations and campus events, Student Ambassadors help dispel misconceptions about the CPA profession and share their enthusiasm for accounting with undecided college students on 12 Ohio campuses.
Financial Literacy Initiatives
Educating the public about how to better manage their personal finances not only ensures a stronger economic future for Ohio, but also positions CPAs as trusted advisors to citizens and Ohio businesses. In 2005, The Ohio CPA Foundation launched Financial Fitness Ohio, through which CPAs teach people fundamental strategies for reaching personal financial goals. Current initiatives include:
Elementary School Financial Literacy Outreach: In response to requests from teachers and OSCPA members to offer a program that addresses financial literacy basics such as budgeting, saving and spending at the elementary school level, The Ohio CPA Foundation created a new classroom activity, called FETCH!™: Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits™.
This new Foundation program is the exclusive OSCPA volunteer opportunity for elementary school students.
High School Personal Finance Program: This well-established program features the acclaimed National Endowment for Financial Education’s (NEFE) high quality financial planning curriculum. The materials are suitable for all high school-aged students, grades 9 through 12.
Facilitated in five, 45 minutes sessions, the program addresses budgeting, investing, credit, identify theft, and insurance. Volunteers are encouraged to complete the curriculum and promote discussion by sharing their personal and professional experiences with students.
Operation CPA: Through a partnership with the Ohio National Guard, CPAs donate their time to help military personnel prepare and file their tax returns.
CPAs Speak Out: When it comes to managing their finances, Ohio residents and businesses are seriously challenged today. Through Ohio CPAs Speak Out, you can educate the public, promote the value of your CPA credential and build the reputation of CPAs as expert financial advisors.
Financial Fitness Ohio: A variety of events led by CPA volunteers are presented to the public each year. Consumers also can find financial tips for every stage of their life—from college through retirement—at www.FinancialFitnessOhio.com.