The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants awarded CPA firm Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC of Birmingham, AL, the 2009 Public Service Award for Firms for its commitment to the community. The annual award honors one firm that has demonstrated outstanding public service.
"Many CPA firms make significant contributions to their communities," said Olivia Kirtley, chair of the awards committee, presented the award at the spring meeting of the Institute's Governing Council. "It is our position that these firms should be recognized."
Since Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith's founding in 1991, the firm's partners and employees have served in pivotal roles in non-profits throughout Birmingham. The firm began working with Habitat for Humanity in 2000 and has donated more than 800 hours to building homes for needy families and has made significant financial donations. BMSS' volunteer hours and financial contributions have given nine lower income families the opportunity to become homeowners in the greater Birmingham area.
The firm participates in activities to help the Linda Nolen Learning Center holiday party, the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run and the Holy Family High School Cristo Rey Network. For the last five years, BMSS has sponsored blood drives with the American Red Cross. According to the Red Cross, the amount of blood that has been donated could save up to 300 lives.
About the AICPA:
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the national, professional association of CPAs, with more than 360,000 CPA members in business and industry, public practice, government, education, student affiliates and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Durham, North Carolina, Ewing, New Jersey, and Lewisville, Texas.