1-5 hours 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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BestPrep Volunteer

This volunteer initiative is through a partnership with BestPrep, a nonprofit that works with schools throughout Minnesota to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills. MNCPA volunteers speak to students about money management and financial literacy, using prepared PowerPoint slides from BestPrep. As BestPrep receives requests in your community or the school of your preference, they will contact you to coordinate a date and time for the presentation.
Time commitment: 2 hours minimum

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CPA Day at the Capitol

During this annual event, members meet with legislators to discuss issues important to CPAs. CPA Day at the Capitol is typically held in the spring of each year.
Time commitment: 4 hours

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IRS Disaster Response

Consider volunteering for the IRS Disaster volunteer program if you have tax expertise. Volunteers will receive a notice from the MNCPA if a tax assistance location is set up by the IRS or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in our area. Volunteers will help disaster victims prepare and file amended and delinquent returns and casualty losses. Some training may be required for volunteers before working in a recovery center. This is often only 1-2 hours and in some cases has been done online.
Time commitment: 1-5 hours

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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 & Business Advice Advisory Group

Members of this advisory group guide the MNCPA professional education team in selecting management CPE courses for the upcoming year. Qualified advisers make decisions about CPE attendance for themselves and their staff. They also help identify hot topics and trends in education for CPAs who work outside the public accounting environment in companies and organizations in Minnesota.
Time commitment: 4-5 hours

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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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Small Business Advisory Day

At this new MNCPA-hosted event, small-business owners are paired with one or two CPAs for a free, 30-minute consultation. We collect information on the topics each small-business owner wants to discuss. You show up armed and ready with your expertise. This is a great opportunity to pair up with a young professional in your firm who is looking to develop their skills, as well as position CPAs as trusted partners in the small-business community. This even has concluded for 2017. Check back for 2018 details.
Time commitment: 3 hours

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Student Mentor Directory

Connect with college-level accounting students who are looking for career guidance and advice. Your name, position and years of experience are listed in an online directory, and students can reach out via email when questions arise. Common topics include accounting career paths, the CPA exam and interview prep.
Time commitment: Varies

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Talk to the Students

Members of the Talk to the Students program present to classrooms throughout Minnesota to increase interest in the profession. Presentation topics are about accounting careers and the CPA credential. When the MNCPA receives a request from a school, we contact nearby volunteers letting them know of the opportunity. Volunteers receive supplemental materials from the MNCPA, including a speaker packet with talking points and student handouts.
Time commitment: Varies

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Tax Curriculum Advisory Group

The Taxation Curriculum Advisory Group assists MNCPA professional education staff in selecting beneficial, relevant CPE courses in the area of taxation. Members review current course offerings and suggest improvements, including new additions. Qualified taxation advisers make decisions for themselves, their staff and their firm about CPE attendance in the area of tax. 
Time commitment: 4-5 hours

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Taxline

Give back to the community during this popular televised event held annually at KARE 11 in Golden Valley. As a volunteer, you'll answer tax questions from KARE 11 viewers. Volunteers needed for 3:45-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and 3:45-7 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019.
Time commitment: 3-4 hours

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Young Professionals Focus Group

The YPG Focus Group is designed to gather input from young professionals about programs, services and issues targeted at young professionals. Members of the focus group will be asked to provide input on everything from evaluating MNCPA publications and other offerings to questions or discussions about current issues impacting the CPA community. Communication is primarily via email.
Time commitment: 1-5 hours

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Young Professionals Group Captain

The Young Professionals Group Captain program is designed to encourage participation in Young Professionals Group (YPG) events. The program awards points for each guest a captain brings to a YPG event. Captains accumulate points to earn incentives, and the top scorer is awarded a $500 Visa gift card. 
Time commitment: Varies

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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.