Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education 2020
ASU matching gifts season is upon us and I want to take this opportunity to quickly highlight to you all why this is so important to both the university and to the firm. I just recently became the Campus Coordinating Partner for ASU and I’ve been very busy recently meeting with the director of the School of Accountancy and the faculty to understand the needs of the school and how we are best poised to partner with them on various initiatives. This is such an exciting time in the accounting profession with the increased focus on innovation and data analytics, and ASU is poised to be on the forefront of this wave. ASU also provides a significant number of our interns and incoming staff each year (both in Phoenix and elsewhere), and it’s so important that we continue to partner with them on campus and brand ourselves as the preeminent Big 4 accounting firm.
Once a year we reach out to all of you and ask for your support in giving back to the school that gives us all so much. Our support is greatly needed and appreciated by the W. P. Carey School of Business, and it goes a long way in enhancing the EY brand on campus. Here’s a few highlights of our relationship with ASU this past year:
- As of October 2019, there are 235 Sun Devil alumni working at EY.
- A total of 21 Sun Devils have joined our ranks as new staff hires in 2019, across the country. In addition, 24 staff and interns have already accepted their offers to join us in 2020.
- Students at Arizona State University consistently recognize EY as the top Big 4 Firm to launch their careers.
- ASU operates the EY Writing Program, to help students in ASU’s Master’s programs elevate their written communication and build new strengths with writing assignments and verbal presentations. Funding for this program was provided by the Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education.
- Additional uses for funds within the Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education will include providing financial support for the school to revamp its undergraduate and Master’s programs to incorporate data analytics, as well as partner on ways to better prepare Master’s students for success on the CPA Exam.
I want to personally thank those who have supported the university in the past and taken advantage of the Matching Gifts for Higher Education Program sponsored by the Ernst & Young Foundation, which doubles the impact of your gift.
This year I ask all of you to join me again in making a gift to Arizona State University to ensure that future generations have the same great experience and educational foundation that you enjoyed. Our contributions play an important part in giving EY additional brand impact on campus! Plus, these funds will directly benefit current and future students, who will later be our future professionals.
In 2019, we had a very successful campaign, together raising a total contribution of $82,745. Our goal for 2020 is to raise $100,000, including the Foundation’s match. The greatest impact our professionals can make is by giving to the Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education, where these funds can be pooled together and utilized for strategic initiatives, like the writing program and data analytics initiatives discussed above. Please consider giving to this dedicated fund. However, I know many of you graduated from other programs and choose to give you gifts to those programs, each of which appreciate your contributions.
Our goal for this year is 100% participation, and every gift, no matter its size, is important! Your participation, coupled with the participation of each member of our firm, sends a strong message of support to Arizona State University. If we each give in accordance with the suggested guidelines below, we will hit our goal and then some!
While any contribution you make is appreciated, the following guidelines are suggested (including the firm match):
Senior Manager/Associate Director
Staff and other
Please keep in mind these are only guidelines and we encourage you to consider a gift that is comfortable with your personal circumstances.
For those of you who give every year and plan to continue to do so, the university is also asking for individuals to consider a multi-year pledge, which helps to better facilitate the long-term planning needs of the accounting department. Such a pledge would have no impact on the total dollar amount you give over the multi-year period. If you are willing to commit to a multi-year pledge, please reach out directly to Ta-Lung Lin, ASU Associate Director of Development (email@example.com).
Below are the steps you should take to make your donation (before December 31, 2019) and request your match (before January 31, 2020).
STEP 1: Make your donation:
Note that your gift must be at least $25 or more ($100 or more for PPMDs) to be matched by the Foundation with a maximum of $10,000 per donor, per school.
- If you would like to give to the Ernst & Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education, please Click Here to access our new pitchfunder site established in connection with the ASU Foundation.
- To donate to other funds, please Click Here and under Preferences, click “Yes, my company will match my donation.” Type Ernst and Young into the Company Name.
- To donate via payroll deduction, please follow the attached payroll deduction user guide.
- Mail a check directly to:
Arizona State University Foundation
EY Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education
Attn: Cheryl O’Toole
PO Box 2260
Tempe, AZ 85280-2260
► Make check payable to: Arizona State University – Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education
► Ensure that designation in written in the check memo field
► Please ensure that you allow adequate mailing time for the check to be received by the school by December 31 to ensure match eligibility
STEP 2: Obtain your receipt
Our new matching gifts system, EY Gives, will require you to upload proof of donations. Please keep the email confirmation you will receive upon completion of your gift. The confirmation email needs to have the detailed receipt with Ernst and Young Fund for Excellence in Accounting Education in the body of the email, as proof of your donation. Please note that a pledge form, gift form, credit card statement, or a copy of your check are NOT an acceptable receipt.
STEP 3: Register your match request
To receive a match for your 2019 gift from the Ernst & Young Foundation, you must request your match through the EY matching gifts website by January 31, 2020.
► If you are an active partner principal or employee: Submit your match request on your EY computer connected to the network through EY Gives at www.cybergrants.com/EYGives/. Note that you can identify a proxy to submit requests on your behalf (such as an EA). See the attached pdf for further instructions.
► If you are a retiree: Submit your match request at www.cybergrants.com/EYGives/. Complete the login in process to generate your user ID and password. Save your password for future use.
Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Matching Gifts for Higher Education Program, please contact Nicole Diaz, Foundation Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join me in making our funding goals a reality. Your participation in this program is important to both Arizona State University and EY.
We truly appreciate your support!
ASU Campus Coordinating Partner