Accounting & Auditing Volunteer Opportunities

Accounting and Auditing Curriculum Advisory Group

The Accounting and Auditing Curriculum Advisory Group discusses current trends in accounting and auditing. After reviewing Society CPE offerings in these areas, the advisory group identifies which courses should be dropped and which should be added to MNCPA's annual CPE schedule. Qualified advisers make decisions about CPE attendance for themselves, their staff and their firm.
Time commitment: 4-5 hours annually

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Audits of Employee Benefit Plans Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 5-7 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising employee benefit plan audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Audits of Local Government Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising local government audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Business Valuation Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 5-7 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration
Qualifications: 5+ years' experience performing business valuations and/or providing related services
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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General Industries Review Task Force

By reviewing audited statements submitted by MNCPA members, the General Industries Review Task Force increases member awareness and understanding of accounting principles.  Members of the Task Force spend about four hours each year independently reviewing financial statements and then meet for a half day session in September to offer specific, constructive comments on the statements.
Qualifications: 3+ years experience performing, reviewing, or supervising audits; currently working in public accounting

Time commitment: 6-8 hours annually

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Leadership Summit

This members-only MNCPA event will gather CPAs who represent the future leadership of the accounting profession. We will examine how the accounting profession—and the professionals in it—will evolve over the next several years and how today’s leaders can best motivate and mold the CPA leaders of tomorrow. Visit www.mncpa.org/summit for the annual date.
Qualifications: Mid-level managers in public accounting and industry
Requirements: MNCPA member; must hold CPA certificate

Time commitment: 5 hours

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Management and Business Advisors Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 12-15 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 3+ years' leadership/management experience (i.e. CFO, controller, finance director) or 5+ years' experience providing business advisory services
Requirements: Participation in 3-4 meetings and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 23-25 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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MNCPA authors

Position yourself as a leader in the profession by sharing your knowledge with MNCPA members as an author of an article for an MNCPA publication. Articles may be used for the the MNCPA website, in MNCPA e-newsletters or in Footnote, the MNCPA member magazine published nine times each year. You may also contribute content to be used in MNCPA Perspectives, the MNCPA blog. Articles should have a focus on current developments, trends and issues affecting the accounting profession. Prospective authors work with MNCPA editors to develop an article idea, outline and content.
Time commitment: 1-5 hours

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Not-for-Profit Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 3+ years' nonprofit industry experience (i.e. finance director, financial manager) or 5+ years' experience providing advisory services to the nonprofit industry 
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Peer Review Committee

The Peer Review Committee evaluates the results of MNCPA conducted peer reviews and determines the need for corrective action. Committee members attend five 1-2 hours meetings, once in May and then alternating months between June and January.  Members are also assigned individual reviews to examine, which is done outside of meetings.
Qualifications: Manager or partner in a public accounting firm that received a pass rating in its most recent peer review. A 2-day training course on "How to Conduct A Review Under the AICPA Practice-Monitoring Program," must be completed either prior to or within one year of joining the committee.

Time commitment: 15-20 hours annually

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School District Audits Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising school district audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (Includes conference attendance)

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Reasons to volunteer

Here are three important business reasons you and your firm should be volunteering:

  • Network. The most essential part of any business.
  • Show your stuff. Volunteering and community service show potential customers the integrity of your company and demonstrates the quality of your work.
  • Get attention. No better way to get positive PR exposure, and attracting new customers doesn’t hurt either.