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At this time of year, we particularly remember and are thankful for all our blessings. Anyone that is truly honest with themselves fully realizes that they didn’t get where they are without a little help and encouragement (blessings). I am sure that every CPA reading this right now can easily look back on the educational path that got them where they are and remember at least one person that took an interest in them and helped them in some profound way. I know that I, for one, am grateful for many of my instructors and mentors who helped me along the way.

It seems appropriate that we pause during this season of thanksgiving and remember the wonderful people who have so enriched our lives. This reflection can happen in several ways; perhaps you could drop them a note or a card and let them know what they meant to you. Or, you could pick up the phone and give them a call, text, or email. Another way to remember our life-changing mentors is to PAY IT FORWARD!

How do I pay it forward, you ask? You could seek out and help a young accounting student that could learn something by drawing on your experiences. The GSCPA Educational Foundation has developed many ways that you can PAY IT FORWARD. You could always give of your time and talents and volunteer at the Foundation.

There are lots of students and schools to reach. The Educational Foundation is launching a PAY IT FORWARD campaign right now, and you can give of your financial resources. As you count your blessings and as you plan your year-end giving, please keep the GSCPA Educational Foundation in mind. You could make a big difference in some young man or woman’s life. Many success stories are walking around this world thanks to the gifts and scholarships from the Foundation. Donations to the GSCPA Educational Foundation are easy to make by calling the GSCPA office or visiting the website at 

I encourage you to make time this year to pause, take a trip down memory lane and think about the people who have helped you along the way. Be thankful for them and their influence on your life and PAY IT FORWARD.

Darrell Thaw 

2019-2020 Educational Foundation Philanthropy Committee Chair