Accounting Research Education Center

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$75,000 matching challenge!

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Make Your Gift Online

Follow these steps to “Make Your Gift Online” for the Center for Accounting Research and Education:

  1. Click on "Make A Gift"
  2. On the drop down: I like to support: Choose: "Accounting Program"
  3. Please specify designation: Choose one or all of the three following funds you wish to support:
    "Accounting Center" - This will support the Center for the Accounting Research and Education
    "Accounting Scholarship"
    "Accounting Department"
  4. Complete the rest of the gift form

All gifts of all sizes, will be matched $1 for $1 made by December 31, 2017.

Together we can ensure accounting students are well prepared and job-ready for successful careers.


Dear Fellow Accounting Alumni,

The important work of the Accounting department would not be possible without accomplished alumni like you. It is in large part, because of your commitment and leadership, that we are excited to help kick-start the campaign of raising $2.5 million goal for the Center for the “Language of Business” Accounting Research and Education to meet the ever-changing and fast-paced world.

The Center for the “Language of Business” Accounting Research and Education will become a central hub for accounting students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals to come together; a venue to discuss and conduct accounting research, accounting practice, and accounting education. Most importantly, this Center will feature a one-stop shop for tutoring services and access to an accounting lab for student success. Your investment in this Center will enhance the student learning experience.

As proud graduates, we share a debt of gratitude to San Francisco State University (SF State) for our educational experience and our professors for preparing us to become successful in our careers. We hope you too had the same experience!

To get this campaign rolling, a $75,000 challenge match has been set up; all gifts will be matched $1 for $1 by December 31, 2017. We hope we can count on you to embrace this challenge. Your gift, and the combined gifts from other alumni, will make a big impact.

Join us today to assist our Alma Mater to ensure accounting students are well prepared and job-ready for successful careers.

With our deepest gratitude,

Loretta Doon, ’73


Nanette Miller, ’71

Partner, Marcum LLP

David Yarnold, ’82

CEO, ServiceMax

Jeffrey R. Kawaguchi, C.P.A., ’81

Sole Proprietor

About the Center

The Center for the “Language of Business” Accounting Research and Education will provide outstanding accountancy education to students through research and education so that they may become knowledgeable, understand and promote ethical practice of accountancy. The Center will strengthen the bridge between accounting research, accounting education and accounting practice. Funding from this gift would create a physical presence on campus for faculty and students to collaborate, exchange ideas and solve problems. This would also be a place where students can receive tutoring, career advice and be a place for industry leaders to meet with students.

The Center may include:

  • Academic Resources
  • Tutoring Services
  • Career Center for Accounting Students
  • Accounting Lab
  • High tech interactive space for collaboration

Why Give?

Investing in this initiative will raise the visibility of SF State and the Lam Family College of Business to serve as a model for providing students with a hands-on experience learning on how to develop a deeper understanding of the following:

  • Accounting principles, theory and practice
  • Speak the “Language of Business”
  • Ask the right questions of accounting, audit, taxation
  • Greater depth of analyzing financial statements to provide explanatory or recommendations
  • Types of Accountants: public, management, government accounting and internal auditing

By creating a center, students will be well positioned for jobs in the accounting industry. Companies, big or small, can benefit from SF State students to be job-ready. These students will be poised to have gain a deeper knowledge of accounting principles and practice from industry leaders and faculty where they will be able to analyze data and make ethical informed recommendations. This would be invaluable for companies to have graduates who are able to jump right into positions with little training and will be able to hit the ground running in their role.

What to Support

Your investment supports the following:

Center for the “Language of Business” Accounting Research and Education

The Center, a central hub for accounting students - this fund will support a physical space by refurbishing an existing classroom to a Center and become a place for all constituents to collaborate, exchange ideas and solve problems. The Center will include a high tech interactive space, Smartboard, audio/visual equipment and upgrade technology. With Student Success as our #1 top priority, this Center will also be a place for accounting students to seek academic resources, peer advising and tutoring services. Furthermore, student organizations such as Beta Alpa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi will have a place to conduct business when meeting with clients during tax season as part of the VITA program. Most importantly, the Center would be a place for seeking career opportunities and advice for accounting students.

Accounting Scholarship Fund

Scholarships support for undergraduate and graduate students plays a vital role in the overall financial aid at the University. Depending on the amount raised for accounting scholarship, this fund may be converted to an endowed scholarship if more than $25,000 is raised; the minimum required to endow a scholarship.

Endowment gifts–especially faculty chairs, fellowships and scholarships–are imperative for attracting world-class faculty and students.

Accounting Department Fund to support Faculty and Students

This fund will provide the support to the Accounting Department and the Center for faculty research, faculty release time to energize programs and projects, professional development, student organizations, speaker engagement events, and the cost for professional organizations membership dues.

An endowed chair and an endowed research funds are needed to provide funding for faculty to conduct research to create new knowledge and enhance the classroom experience for students.