About The Ohio CPA Foundation

Students today are the CPAs of tomorrow. They are the financial business leaders, consultants and advisors. But how will they know if a career in accounting is right for them?

The Ohio CPA Foundation creates opportunities for students to:

  • Get an inside look at the profession.
  • Meet CPAs and learn about career paths they may have never considered.
  • Be inspired to pursue an accounting degree and become a CPA.

Why is our work important?

It’s no secret that the CPA profession is aging. Today, a full third of all OSCPA members are in their 50s and moving toward retirement.  Trends point to a possible shortage of CPAs in the near future.

Foundation Brochure web coverAnd competition for the best and brightest talent has never been higher, with the increase of STEM education pulling students into science and technology fields.  With the number of high school graduates in Ohio projected to decline by up to 15% over the next decade, the pool of potential future CPAs is getting even smaller.

The Ohio CPA Foundation is committed to showcasing the accounting profession and all it has to offer to inspire students today to become the next generation of CPAs.

Learn more about the ways The Ohio CPA Foundation is supporting the future of the profession by visiting our Programs page or by reading Faces of the Future, our case for support. 

 

Foundation Leadership

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. View the 2020-2021 board roster.

Annual Report

Learn more about our work, see our list of donors, and review our financial statements in our most recent Annual Report.


Here’s how we showed young people a path for their future in 2020:

  • Granted $60,000 in scholarships to college accounting majors 
  • Introduced LAUNCH: an online resource that helps applicants find an internship or first job
  • Connected with 11,000+ student members with a monthly e-newsletter
  • Offered a critical look inside the profession for high school students
  • Provided programming on soft skills like interviewing, dress and communications for college students
  • Encouraged young people from under-represented backgrounds to consider accounting
  • Expanded reach of ACLA to more than 75 students from 28 colleges and universities
  • Recruited 17 Student Ambassadors on 16 campuses
  • Inspired young people to find a career and a future as CPA

Our Mission

To inspire and encourage individuals to become CPAs who embrace the core values of the accounting profession and serve the public interest.

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Staff Contact

Lori S. Brown
Director, Partnership Development
614.764.2727, x2221
lsbrown@ohiocpa.com