From the Executive Director

Dear Donors and Friends,

Earlier this month at the Foundation’s Donor Appreciation Breakfast in Columbus, I had the great fortune of seeing many of you – our donors – as well as introducing individuals who have benefited from Foundation programs and scholarships.   

There’s no better way to demonstrate the impact of your support than hearing stories from students and graduates themselves.

  • Anthony, a high school senior at Columbus Academy and 2016 ACAP-Ohio participant, said that what he learned during ACAP-Ohio is what convinced him that he wants to pursue an accounting degree and career as a CPA. Anthony said that the CPAs he met that week helped him see accounting in a different light and understand the variety of career paths in the profession.
  • JJ, a Foundation scholarship recipient in 2014, said his Foundation scholarship helped him achieve his master’s degree with less financial burden. Now a CPA at a large public accounting firm, JJ told donors that it was the support from the Foundation that helped him accomplish his goal of becoming a CPA and reach his true potential.
  • Candice participated in the ACAP-Ohio program as a high school student and then attended the Foundation’s ASCEND Leadership Conference as a college accounting major. She is now a newly-licensed CPA and said that ACAP-Ohio is the reason she chose accounting. Candice told the breakfast guests that she traveled to Columbus from Cincinnati that morning because she feels so strongly about the power of the Foundation’s programs and the impact they had on her.

As you can see by these testimonials, The Ohio CPA Foundation is making a difference.

We are changing students’ minds about accounting. We are opening their eyes to opportunities they may have never considered. We are tapping into their potential. And, we are attracting the best and brightest students to the CPA profession.

Your support makes all of this possible!

Please consider a gift to The Ohio CPA Foundation as you approach your charitable year-end giving. We have so much more work to do to continue to attract talented individuals like Anthony, JJ and Candice.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more. You can reach me at or (800) 686-2727 ext. 2235. 

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we are making a difference! 


Karen West, CAE
Executive Director 

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