Live to Give – The WYOCPA Educational Fund Campaign

The Beginning

The WYOCPA Educational Fund was created, and then incorporated, in December of 1990 as an opportunity for CPAs to make tax deductible contributions, bequests and legacy donations to a charitable organization promoting the education of accounting students. Jim Porter, Past President of the Society and Karla Thompson, Executive Director at the time, were instrumental in organizing the Educational Fund.

History

Clara Toppan, a resident of Jackson, Wyoming, a University of Wyoming graduate, and Wyoming’s first woman CPA, was contacted by Dr. George McGrail, the immediate Past President, on behalf of the society in the early 1990’s about her making an initial contribution as seed money to the Educational Fund. She graciously consented and later upon Clara’s death, an additional $10,000 was donated to the educational fund from her estate in her name. During September of 1993 Executive Director, Karla Thompson, passed away after unexpected complications from a routine knee operation. As a memorial to Karla, CPAs from around the state encouraged the membership to contribute to the Educational Fund.

The Educational Fund was then substantial enough to be put under the professional management of Ed Broyler, a Past President, at UBS Financial Services. The Educational Fund is exempt under 501 (c)(3). The Past Presidents act as the Board of the Educational Fund, with the current Past-President of the Society as the President. The Educational Fund continues to be funded by the Past Presidents’ dues.

Levels of Donation
Yellowstone $10,000
Teton $5,000
Devil’s Tower $2,500
Flaming Gorge $1,000
Big Horn $500
Elk Mountain $250
Sweetwater up to $249

Live to Give Goals:

  • Raise $50,000 by 2015
  • Increase the amount of scholarships for college accounting students.
  • Promote the future of the profession.

“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”
– W B Yeats

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
– George Washington Carver

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Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

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