An Arkansas CPA firm has been selected as recipient of the 2008 Public Service for Firms Award by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The firm was honored at the AICPA Spring Council Meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2009. Olivia Kirtley, chair of the AICPA awards committee, presented the award to Jim Phillips, managing partner, who accepted it on behalf of JPMS Cox, PLLC.
The national award aims to recognize firms for their public service contributions on the local, state, or national level. The award intends to encourage more CPA firms to initiate or increase their community activities, publicize these activities, and reinforce the profession's reputation for commitment to the public good.
JPMS Cox, PLLC, an accounting, tax, and consulting firm in Little Rock, was recognized for its dedication to corporate citizenship. Since the firm's founding in 1987, its partners and employees have served in pivotal roles in many nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout Arkansas.
The firm is an active participant in City Year, a non-profit organization that works to make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods in the United States and South Africa. Through City Year, firm volunteers performed grassroots service projects at Seventh Street Elementary School, Sherman Park Community Center, and the Shorter College area in North Little Rock. Service projects included painting and repairing playground equipment and basketball courts, and planting gardens.
JPMS Cox sponsors an average of five blood drives a year for the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas and the American Red Cross Blood Services. It supports the ARC chapter financially via fundraisers, such as the annual Heroes Luncheon. The firm also participates in disaster assistance projects, including manning phone banks during tornadoes and floods. Other volunteer activities include working with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Arkansas Arts Center, Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Just Communities of Central Arkansas Walk as One, Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, and Riverfest, Inc.
JPMS Cox has a charitable contributions committee to which all employees can submit requests for monetary support. Not only does the firm encourage community involvement, they make it easy and fun for their employees by providing resources, support, work hours money expertise, and more, in an effort to improve area neighborhoods, schools, and communities, not to mention lives of others.