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Can accountants build it? Yes, they can! Helping Habitat in NC

When you think of accountants at work, images of calculators and sharpened pencils spring to mind. But employees at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP traded in the tools of the trade for hammers and nails when they volunteered to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Raleigh, NC."A lot of our staff members had participated in Habitat through their church or school but never through our firm," said Cherry, Bekaert & Holland Partner Sheila Ahler.
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Sunburned and tired, BBD volunteers would do it again

Back from a demanding and sometimes difficult five-day service project in Saylersville, Kentucky, all 21 volunteers from Briggs Bunting & Dougherty LLP (BBD) in Philadelphia would do it again if they had the chance. For Barbara Kelly, head of recruiting and director of human resources, "It was the most physically challenging and humbling experience of my life. At the end of the day we would get together for dinner and swap stories about our day. It was a kind of reality check.
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BBD team will head to Kentucky to rebuild housing for the elderly

On Sunday May 31, nearly half the personnel of Briggs, Bunting & Dougherty LLP (BBD), a CPA firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be making the nine-hour drive to Salyersville, Kentucky to begin a community service project that will entail working four full days remodeling homes for the elderly.
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In the clutch, Cincinnati CPA firm expands support of UC athletics

Jackson, Rolfes, Spurgeon & Co., (JCS) a Cincinnati firm with 50 employees, is expanding its marketing support of the University of Cincinnati Athletics with an interactive clutch performance contest honoring the Bearcat who performs best under pressure."We've been a longtime supporter of UC Athletics and with this contest, we are taking that support to the next level," said Laura B. Turner, the firm's marketing director.The contest is being held in conjunction with radio advertisements on WLW AM 700.
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UHY remembers the doggies during the holidays

Shelter dogs in the New Haven, Connecticut area will have plenty to woof about this New Year. They will be the happy recipients of doggie goodie bags donated by the New Haven office of UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. The doggie gift program, developed by Valerie Schmidt, director of Human Resources, grew out of an e-mail blast she sends each week with pictures of a "dog of the week." Each of the dogs that appeared in the blast is now featured in a "Dogs of UHY Collage Holiday Card" that will be delivered to local shelters along with the goodie bags.
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KPMG donates $1 million to inner city charity baseball program

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm, presented a $1 million check to Major League Baseball (MLB) Charities for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program at Game 2 of the 2008 MLB World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL."RBI presented by KPMG" is a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation among boys and girls in baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement and teach the value of team work. KPMG Chairman Timothy P.
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Maryland CPAs participate in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Rockville, MD-based Aronson & Company employees are well-known for their commitment to the community, but recently they took that commitment to the "extreme." During the second week in November, the firm sponsored its client, Dan Ryan Builders, in their efforts with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television show, which changes the lives of struggling families by remodeling their homes.
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Pennsylvanians will recognize a CPA for outstanding community service efforts

Nominations are being sought for Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (PICPA) 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 21.Since 1981, PICPA annually recognizes a Pennsylvania certified public accountant who is a community service leader, a passionate volunteer, and an advocate for worthwhile causes. This is PICPA's top honor.The winner is chosen by a panel of judges from across the state, and will be honored at the Institute's annual meeting and conference in June.

Baltimore CFOs play golf to raise money for cancer research

Hudson Financial Solutions, which provides companies with a range of consulting and project management services in accounting, finance, and audit-related functions, hosted its Second Annual Hudson Charity Golf Tournament at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD, on October 17, 2008. All proceeds from the event support the Pediatric Oncology program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
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Pro-Bono work in a slow economy: View it as an asset

What happens to pro-bono work when the economy sags? For forward-thinking firms, often the answer is, it increases. Before you react to a business slow down by laying off staff, consider the benefits of redirecting some of your workforce into pro-bono... and the cost of cutting back.It's no secret that the cost of turnover is high. A conservative estimate puts the cost to replace an individual at about 25 percent of his or her salary, while others say it is considerably higher.
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Boston CPA firm goes hands-on to make a difference in the community

For the ninth consecutive year, employees at Boston-based accounting and consulting firm, Feeley & Driscoll, P.C., had a choice. Instead of going to work, they could help their community, and many picked up hammers and nails and worked on houses for Habitat for Humanity.Over the years, on many days and evenings, in addition to the annual community service day, the staff has volunteered for Habitat of Greater Lawrence.
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Volunteering benefits the community and the firm

Saying that employees at Rea & Associates, Inc. volunteer their time is like saying that Bill Gates knows how to turn on a PC. Last year alone, at only five of the firm's thirteen Ohio offices, staff members donated more than 4,400 hours to nearly 100 different community organizations. This year, Smart Business of Cleveland will honor Rea & Associates with the S.H.A.R.E.
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Seattle firm serves up volunteer opportunities, embraces non-profit community

With 250 non-profit clients, it is not surprising that giving back to the community is part of a firm-wide mindset at Peterson Sullivan PLLC in Seattle. The philosophy comes from the top with much of the firm's work for the Puget Sound non-profit world being performed at very competitive or significantly reduced rates. The firm encourages employees to volunteer their time, whether they are serving on a board of directors or serving food at Guest Chef Night for Farestart, an innovative job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals.
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Atlanta accounting firm reaches out locally and globally

With 28 employees, Kirschner & Associates, P.C., in the Atlanta area might seem small, which makes the impact they are having on their community and the world beyond even more remarkable.This summer, ten employees, five spouses, and one client embarked on a mission trip to Jamaica. Continuing a worldwide theme, the firm sponsors a little girl named Ana, who lives in Peru. The sponsorship, which started a year ago, is made possible through the Compassion Organization.
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NJ CPAs aid aspiring accountants and many others

When it comes to giving back to the community, the employees at Wiss & Company in New Jersey not only roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, they help put aspiring accountants through school. The firm has raised money through golf outings and awarded 34 scholarships worth more than $80,000 to students pursuing accounting degrees at New Jersey colleges and universities.With offices in Livingston and Iselin, Wiss & Company is ranked in the top ten accounting firms in the state with more than 165 people.
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Helping entrepreneurs in Boise: CPA teaches, small businesses benefit

A sole proprietor CPA, Laura L. Canales can relate to the unique challenges facing small business owners. To help people in her community, she has taught community education courses on small business accounting, business entity choices, business registrations, and tax forms for the school district of Boise, ID, for the past five years.And people show up for Canales. There are bookkeepers, office managers, small business owners, and those who aspire to be small business owners.
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Accounting firm recognizes community development award winners

Awards to honor special achievement in the field of community development will highlight Novogradac & Company LLP's Multi-Credit Conference: Helping Communities Grow and Projects Thrive to be held October 2-3 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, MO.The Novogradac Community Development Foundation, created to recognize leadership and achievement in the New Markets Tax Credit program, will present the awards at a luncheon on October 2 during the firm's Multi-Credit Conference.

Celebrity Gift Bags: "Thanks, But No Thanks"

Celebrities who receive over-the-top thank you gifts may start thinking twice before throwing them into the limo and taking them home.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has its eye on the loot. Celebs will be required to pay taxes on the gift bags they receive at award shows.


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