Community Impact

At Beta Alpha Psi, we believe in stewardship – which is the idea that we’re here for a purpose. That purpose is to ensure that we leave our families, our communities, our companies, our work teams, our world – whatever we touch – better than when we started.

We hope you will use the information in this page to make the world a better place for all of us by giving back in your communities.

This page will be updated throughout the year, so make sure to check back often. If you have suggested ideas on programs to collaborate with for a volunteer event or event ideas, send that information to Della Moore and we will include it here.

If you have any questions regarding this information or volunteering, please contact Della Moore at KPMG LLP.

We can’t wait to hear about all of the great things you do.  Make sure to share your volunteer efforts on social media using the tag #BAPGivingBack.

Thank you for all you do!

As you know, the mission of Beta Alpha Psi is to inspire and support excellence amongst its members. Two ways Beta Alpha Psi does this is by providing opportunities for service, and fostering lifelong ethical, social, and public responsibilities. In 2019, we celebrated Beta Alpha Psi’s 100 year anniversary in Chicago. My theme for the 2020 Annual Meeting was Honor the Past and Embrace the Future. So that poses the question – How is Beta Alpha Psi going to embrace the future?

We are pleased to announce our Giving Back in the Next 100 Initiative. What are YOU going to do to truly give back and make a difference in your community?

We know that sometimes a barrier that keeps people from volunteering is not knowing where to volunteer. Our friends at KPMG and Paul Wiese, Professional Partner from Surgent Professional Education reached out to the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners to find out what organizations are near and dear to their hearts and where they volunteer. This information has been captured in the Professional Partner Community Impact Programs section of this page. To get you started, we’ve also added a few other organizations and ideas of where you can volunteer.

Many employers today expect their employees to volunteer in their communities. New generation leaders are business-minded and service-guided. We encourage you to check out the information in this page and begin your journey of Giving Back in the Next 100!

Our Challenge is for each chapter to track the chapter and individual member’s volunteer hours. There’s even a spreadsheet to get you started (feel free to use your own form). Prior to the 2021 Annual Meeting, we’ll send out a communication to capture this information, and it will be shared at our Annual Meeting Kickoff.

How many hours will Beta Alpha Psi chapters volunteer in the next year?  We can’t wait to see!

Brian McGuire
Beta Alpha Psi President
2019/2020

KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc., KPMG Campus Recruiting, and Beta Alpha Psi are honored to sponsor the Community Service activity for the 2020 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting.

For the 2020 Community Service activity, we are collaborating with the non-profit Stars of HOPE. Stars of HOPE empowers people of all ages to transform individuals and communities in need of hope through the power of art and messages of healing.

As the world experiences physical distancing, Stars of HOPE can create meaningful human connections to help mitigate trauma and strengthen our social interactions. Stars of HOPE® therapeutic arts program is a powerful way to engage people to express their compassion and connect with anyone in need of HOPE anywhere in the world. 

We are asking Beta Alpha Psi members to create their own digital Star of HOPE. Even if you aren’t artistically inclined, your star can make a difference to those in need of hope.

As you’ve probably heard on the news, many nursing homes have stopped all visitation in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nursing home residents are feeling the emotional toll of isolation. That’s where we come in! We are going to share our Stars with nursing homes in Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida.

What do YOU need to do?

  • Download and print the Stars of HOPE Paper template
  • Create your own digital Star of Hope using any materials you have on hand (such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, glitter, stickers, etc.).
  • Write your message of Hope to the nursing home residents in the space provided on the front of the Star.
  • Send your star to us.  Send a picture of yourself with your completed star to Maya Lacayo at KPMG by Friday, August 28, 2020.  When you save your jpg or png file, make sure the file name is Your University/College Name_Your Last Name_Your First Name.
  • By submitting your Stars of HOPE photo, you hereby grant KPMG LLP (KPMG) and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), a royalty-free, perpetual and worldwide license and right to use such photograph(s) in any KPMG and/or BAP promotional materials, web sites, or other media (collectively, “KPMG and BAP Materials”), without any compensation or further permission required.  You further acknowledge that any such photograph used and incorporated into any KPMG and BAP Materials shall constitute the sole property of KPMG and BAP and may be used and displayed in accordance with this Release.  You agree not to assert any claim of any nature whatsoever against anyone relating to the exercise of the rights granted hereunder, including, without limitation, any claim arising out of the use of your photograph of you in any KPMG and BAP Material.
  • Share your Star on Social Media and tag using #starsofhope, @starsofhopeusa, #BAPAnnual, #BAPGivingBack.
  • Continue to spread messages of Hope.  We invite you and your families to join Stars of HOPE and create additional Stars for anyone you feel needs a special message.
  • Have your chapter claim an ROA for Community Service Day participation in the Reporting Intranet.

It’s that simple!

What will WE do with your Star?

We will share our pictures with Stars of HOPE, and they will create vinyl banners with the pictures. These banners will be shared with designated nursing homes in need of a message of Hope. As we won’t all be able to be together for an actual Community Service event, we feel that this will be a way that we can all make a difference virtually.

Once the vinyl banners have been created by Stars of HOPE, they will save those in digital format. We will post these here for your use. You can share them via social media, or use them to create your own vinyl banner to share with a nursing home in your community.

Thank you for helping us to Create and Spread Hope across our nation and the World at this incredibly challenging time.

We will all get through this by creating and spreading hope together.

Below are ideas for organizations that you can collaborate with on a volunteer event.

Community Impact Organizations Spreadsheet

Below are non-profits where Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partners invest their time, talent, hearts and resources.

Professional Partner Community Impact Programs Spreadsheet

Deloitte LLP

Deloitte believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce and culture to support the most productive and prosperous society.  When people are not equipped to succeed in the world of education and work, they may not achieve their full potential, and business and society could be worse off from the loss of talent.  Deloitte is committed to helping more people succeed in school and work, expanding the vision of potential and possibility. 

RightStep is Deloitte’s commitment to helping students overcome obstacles they face on the path to college readiness.

Gleim Exam Prep

While, as an organization, we are passionate about helping students and professionals succeed, we're even more passionate about giving back to the community.  Our donation efforts included donating a portion of our sales as well as collecting over 244 pounds of food from our employees in 2019.

To quote our CEO:  As a global company and member of the Gainesville community for over 45 years, we are proud to have participated in a give-back program that made a small difference in the fight to end food insecurities, a cause that affects people and communities around the world. - Lorie Gleim, CEO 

Institute of Management Accountants

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace.  It also embraces a culture of open-mindedness and encourages multiple perspectives to enhance our collaborative solutions, drive innovation, and create and deliver value in all that we do.  IMA has proudly worked with and supported many organizations as part of our community outreach and social responsibility efforts.  Most recently, we have partnered with Carroll Family Values (CFV), which began as a grassroots initiative to redistribute food and other donations to benefit those in the Hackensack School District especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Currently, CFV serves nearly 400 families.  We also volunteer with Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, whose mission is to lift the morale and support the welfare of active members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their immediate families.  IMA conducts employee donation drives throughout the year and sends care packages to our troops to show our support.  As an organization, we also have participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk as part of our “IMA Make A Difference Day” initiative.  IMA constantly looks for additional opportunities to serve our communities and contribute to the greater good for the world we share.

KPMG LLP

KPMG’s Community Impact programs empower their people to take action, foster a culture of giving and bring KPMG’s values to life.  As a purpose-led organization, they are committed to creating a positive change in their communities that is measurable, sustainable and transformational.  They recognize the far-reaching impact they can have through KPMG’s Citizenship efforts which are centered on education and lifelong learning.

KPMG’s Family for Literacy (KFFL) is the firm’s flagship Community Impact program with a mission to eradicate childhood illiteracy by putting new books into the hands of children in need and developing the next generation of young leaders through reading.

Literacy has a profound effect on a child's success in school and life.  In early childhood, reading enhances cognitive developments; improves writing, grammar, and spelling skills; and exposes children to a wide range of subjects.

To date, KPMG has donated more than 5 million books to children in-need.

Robert Half

We believe it’s important to support the communities where Robert Half employees live and work. Most of our company-sponsored philanthropic programs are focused on education and workforce development, which make them a great fit for us, given the nature of our work.

We’re proud to have built long-standing relationships with many community partners, including the following:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Dress for Success
  • Enactus
  • Junior Achievement

Every year, Robert Half donates to both the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief to help those who need it most.

Robert Half encourages our employees to take the lead through volunteer work and fundraising activities that support the issues that matter most to them personally. Every year, each part- and full-time employee can have their donations and volunteer hours matched up to $1,500.

Have a suggested idea for a volunteer event that you would like to share? Send a brief summary of your event to Della Moore.  We’ll share it here!

Here are a few ways you can consider to lend a helping hand in your community:

Collaborate with a local Military Base

  • Do a toy drive during the holidays for children of soldiers
  • Work with local therapy dog program and take them on base to work with the children

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • To encourage and inspire Club kids, use this link to Pass a Note—virtually—to a student who is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs program.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  • Calling all Gamers and streamers! The National MS Society is looking for focus group volunteers to help develop a new campaign, Stream to End MS (#StreamToEndMS). The campaign will bring together online content creators, so they can do what they love while raising funds and awareness for the National MS Society. 

Animal Shelters

  • Make cozy blankets for the animals

Nursing Homes

  • Become a Pen Pal with a resident

Elementary Schools

  • Record yourself reading a book and share it with the school to be used during online school
  • Visit a virtual classroom as a special guest

KPMG and Campuses United for Literacy

  • Work with your local KPMG recruiter to host a fun literacy event at a program in your area that works with children from under-served communities.  Thanks to a generous donation from KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc., you can receive up to $1,000 in books and resources through the award-winning non-profit First Book for your event.

Back 2 School America and Back to School Illinois

Back 2 School America and Back to School Illinois create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children in Illinois and across the United States.

Education is the cornerstone to our society. We need to step up to help fill the gaps of a poor economy, challenges to our schools and the fact that close to thirty million of our children live in low-income or poverty conditions. 

Statistics:

  • 41% (29,589,986) of children live in low-income families across the United States (2016 National Center for Children in Poverty)
  • In 2018, parents spent on average $112 dollars on basic school supplies per child (Deloitte 2018 Back 2 School Survey)
  • The average cost to send a child back to school in the fall of 2017 with school supplies, uniforms, fees and equipment was $662 for elementary school, $1,001 for middle school and $1,489 for high school (Huntington Bank Backpack Index 2017)
  • In the US, the average student debt owed by college graduates was $37,172, up six percent from the prior year (2017 Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

You can help by working with Back 2 School to get supplies to children in your community.  You can host a fundraiser for the organization or participate in one of their popular Buy-A-Kit or Build-A-Kit programs which supply Back 2 School kits of 30-grade specific school supplies. As a part of these initiatives you can choose who distributes the kits including schools, government agencies or community organizations. You can also opt to participate in the fun “Notes of Inspiration” program, which allows you to write notes of encouragement that go into their Back 2 School kits!  

If you want information on programs in Illinois, visit Back 2 School Illinois’ website: B2SI.org. For information on the rest of the U.S., visit B2SA.org.


Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

Robert Half is committed, as a Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partner, to the continuous learning and workplace training of the next generation of financial and business information professionals. We value the support among peers within the accounting industry, and the relationship we’ve built with students over the years.

Paul McDonald and Dan DeNisco
Robert Half