Chicago CPAs Reach Out to Community

CPA firm Blackman Kallick Plante Moran is raising the visibility of nonprofits in the Chicago area by hosting a competition for a $25,000 contribution. To celebrate its recent merger and to give back to the community, the firm has encouraged Chicagoland charities to introduce themselves and describe how they will use the money if they win the competition. The 20 organizations receiving the most votes will continue to a second round of voting, and then the top 10 charities will continue to a final round. Anyone can vote, and you can vote as often as you want.

The accounting firm is not only raising the visibility of nonprofits – it is raising its own visibility in a very positive way. This is a creative way to connect with the community on multiple levels. Think about how you can do something similar in your town. The contribution doesn't have to be $25,000. It doesn't even have to be money. Maybe your local charities could compete for your time to help with their projects or to provide financial or tax planning assistance to the group that it serves. Make your local newspapers, radios, and television stations know about your plan in addition to using social media to spread the word. Make this summer count in a new way!





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Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.

Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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