KPMG announced this month that the firm has once again received a U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award from Junior Achievement USA (JA). The firm earned "Gold Level" status recognition for their 15,000 hours of time donated during the 2015-2016 school year to support Junior Achievement USA (JA) programs in financial literacy and entrepreneurial education.
Over 55 KPMG professionals have also gone on to serve on Junior Achievement Boards across the country.
“Our extraordinary people invest their time, talent, and resources in lifelong learning initiatives - like JA’s programming - that help develop future generations of leaders,” stated Larry Leva, KPMG's global vice chairman of Quality, Risk and Regulatory. “We enjoy teaming with Junior Achievement to cultivate financial literacy at the middle school and high school levels and look forward to impacting more students in the years to come.”
KPMG and JA also went on to introduce a new curriculum for the JA Finance Park program in 2015, with a particular focus in strengthening the financial literacy of middle and high school students via a funding commitment from the KPMG Foundation.
The President's Volunteer Service Award was created in 2003, when President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to honor community volunteers. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for the Service Award, which looks to recognize U.S. businesses providing volunteers to teach JA programs.
For more on the President's Volunteer Service Award, head to its site here.
Sean McCabe is a senior editor with Accounting Today.