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University of Northern Iowa Recognizes RSM with its 2019 President's Philanthropy Award

Dec 03, 2019

Kimberly Bartok, National Public Relations Leader,, 212.372.1239
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University of Northern Iowa Recognizes RSM with its 2019 President's Philanthropy Award

CHICAGO – (December 3, 2019) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was pleased to be recognized by the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) with the school’s 2019 President’s Philanthropy Award for corporations and foundations.

RSM was recognized for its generosity to the University of Northern Iowa through significant leadership giving, dedicated long-term service and assistance to UNI students and faculty through recruitment opportunities and program support.

"RSM has served as a partner to UNIBusiness for many years,” said Leslie Wilson, dean of the UNI College of Business Administration. “Financial support to establish the first chair in accounting plays a key role in the retention of outstanding accounting faculty, and will help us attract more talent in the future. Scholarships support our students, allowing them to focus on their studies and to prepare for the CPA examination. More importantly, professional engagement from RSM's employees on our advisory boards ensures that we continue to deliver an accounting program that meets the highest expectations of the profession. Partners like RSM empower us to be the leader in business education."

“Being recognized with such a prestigious award from a distinguished organization such as UNI for our firm’s philanthropic efforts is quite an honor,” said Doug Opheim, chief financial officer with RSM US LLP, and chairman of the RSM US Foundation. “Stewardship is one of our core values at RSM. In fact, I just returned from The RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR event sponsored by our firm, where we celebrated raising $3.8 million for children and families in need  through our Birdies Fore Love program this year. Our people and their strong commitment to giving back to the communities where they live and work make this possible. I’m honored to accept this award on their behalf.”
  • Volunteer Week– Established in 2010, RSM US Volunteer Week represents our commitment to giving our time in the communities where we work and live. In 2019, RSM conducted its tenth annual RSM US Volunteer Week, previously known as Volunteer Day, during which nearly 3,700 RSM employees and clients participated in more than 100 volunteer activities across the country to give back to their local communities.
  • Birdies Fore Love – RSM partners with the Davis Love Foundation – host organization of PGA TOUR event The RSM Classic – on Birdies Fore Love. Through the program, each RSM office selects a local charity that supports youth in the areas of education, hunger, housing and health. Each charity benefits from the funds raised locally by employees, clients, family and friends. With a generous match from the RSM US Foundation, we were able to give $3.8 million directly to deserving charities in connection with the 10th RSM Classic.
  • The RSM US Foundation’s national scholarship program – Every day, RSM professionals deliver the power of being understood to today’s middle market leaders, globally. To build tomorrow’s leaders, the foundation is granted $100,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarship recipients will also receive invitations to participate in RSM’s externship (Pathways) program.

About the RSM US Foundation

In 2014, RSM laid the footings of a giving strategy designed to be compelling to our people, our clients and our markets, while enhancing our longstanding support of the communities where our employees lie and work. The result is the RSM US Foundation. A tax-exempt public charity, our firm’s foundation is dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders by enhancing educational outcomes through programs to help individuals develop career paths to become an entrepreneurs or middle market business leaders, and to supporting organizations committed to providing stable environments for youth in the areas of hunger, housing and health, thereby helping them excel in education.


RSM is the leading provider of professional services to the middle market. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Our purpose is to instill confidence in a world of change, empowering our clients and people to realize their full potential.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent assurance, tax and consulting firms with 57,000 people in 120 countries. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.