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RSM US Foundation Announces $250,000 Gift to Iowa State University



RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce a $250,000 gift from the RSM US Foundation to Iowa State University to endow the RSM Fellowship in Accounting for the benefit of the Department of Accounting in the College of Business.

“The gift is made possible through contributions from RSM partners, principals and employees who are Iowa State alumni, as well as the RSM US Foundation,” said Kevin Prien, regional managing partner for RSM’s Central Region, and Iowa State University alumnus. “As the university that educates more Iowans than anyone else, Iowa State has become a core campus for us to discover talent that is committed to being part of the largest firm in the world committed to serving the middle market. We continue to find motivated, intelligent, caring students who share our values and our commitment to our clients, our people and our communities.”

“Stewardship is a cornerstone upon which RSM was built,” said Doug Opheim, chief financial officer with RSM US LLP, and chairman of the board for the RSM US Foundation. “It is our privilege to support Iowa State with this gift. It’s one of the ways the RSM US Foundation and RSM people support the communities where we all live and work, while contributing to the development of tomorrow’s middle market business leaders.”

“We are extremely grateful to RSM for supporting our accounting department,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “This gift will allow the college to create an endowed faculty position to support the department of accounting. This type of funding is critical for us to have high quality, internationally-recognized faculty so our students learn from the best.”

RSM leaders announced the gift September 28 during a visit to the College of Business.

The RSM US Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders by supporting educational outcomes through programs for individuals to have career paths to become entrepreneurs or middle market business leaders, and supporting organizations committed to providing a more stable environments for youth in the areas of hunger, housing and health, which help them excel in education. Additional ways that RSM and the RSM US Foundation support the local communities where the firm operates include:

  • Volunteer Day: Established in 2010, RSM US Volunteer Day represents our commitment to giving our time in the communities where we work and live. This year, more than 3,100 RSM employees and clients participated in more than 170 volunteer events across the country. More than 100 charities benefited by having RSM people sort and box food donations, inspect and separate donated clothing, read to children, distribute food, package meals, paint buildings and homes, landscape yards for schools, parks, shelters and nonprofits, and participate in many more activities to help those in need.
  • 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 $1.5 million directly to deserving charities in 2016.
  • 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 granting $100,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholarship recipients will also receive invitations to participate in RSM’s externship (Pathways) program.

To learn more about the RSM US Foundation, visit RSM’s website.

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’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. 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 environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with 51,000 people across 123 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.