Getting Involved

Getting Involved 

Ask not what we can do for you...

Actually, the question of the moment is what you can do for you for your profession. And while we’re at it, the whole wide world.

Seriously. One of the hallmarks of the CPA profession has been the willingness of CPAs to get involved in their communities, and serve as advocates for their clients, their profession and the public at large. Our industry has thrived for decades – more than a century, actually – because people like us have taken it upon themselves to serve as its stewards.

It’s a sappy-but-true fact that people who give of themselves and their time almost always report getting much more in return.

But it’s not all about philanthropy. Selfish as it may sound, there’s also a “what’s in it for me?” angle. Because there are lots of ways to give back while taking advantage of (and honing) your professional skills. You can explore a new specialty area, exercise and demonstrate leadership skills, even do a little networking that could lead to great business connections.

Ready to do some good? You can get involved in everything from promoting financial literacy to helping develop policy to shepherding a business or non-profit by serving on its board of directors. And you can take advantage of opportunities at the local, state and national level.

There’s a head-spinning list of more than 180 AICPA committees, boards, panels, centers and task forces all happy to have your attention and affection. All conveniently linked at AICPA's Volunteer Central.

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Its Your Taxpayer Money Are Legislators Handling it Properly

Article Talking to CPAs about tax and fiscal responsibility is kind of like telling a carpenter what kind of wood to use for his next project. However, all of us have to pay taxes; are our legislators doing what they can to ensure the money is well spent? Without bias toward
Published on May 03, 2016

Living on the EDGE in the Big Easy

Article Don’t miss it! Back by popular demand, the 2014 EDGE Conference in New Orleans, August 6-8. Bill Balhoff, chairman of the AICPA, offers his own advice on why you should attend.
Published on June 27, 2014

How to Avoid the Time-Drain in Volunteer Service

Article Everyone loves a volunteer, or at least organizations do when someone steps up, raises his or her hand, and makes a commitment. Yet, many groups may take advantage of your goodwill by demanding too much of your time. Here are some scenarios with solutions on what to say and do
Published on August 19, 2013

The Right Stuff to Volunteer

Article Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer? While you may have good intentions, not every volunteer position is ideal. At some point, you will find yourself giving your time for a cause or effort that is just not a good fit. If you’re going to volunteer, then
Published on April 15, 2013

Does Your Vote Count Yes, in Many Ways

Article We’re on the eve of what may be the most important presidential election in quite some time. While every vote counts, young CPAs can make a huge difference throughout the year by getting involved in local elections, community activities, and other political initiatives. Find out why getting involved is good
Published on October 04, 2012

Make a Lasting Impression Through a Handwritten Thank You Note

Article Learn how to make a solid, memorable impression with colleagues, clients, and friends through a simple, yet long-lasting note.
Published on May 15, 2012

Is It Possible to Work Too Much A follow-up

Article Last month, we discussed the pros and cons of working too much. Whether you think that’s good or bad, are you working to your potential? Is there something about your performance and your behavior you can change to work less and focus on other interests? Read this follow-up article to
Published on April 05, 2012

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