KPMG has a strategic focus on supporting education and its relationship with
Junior Achievement USA is an important part of that strategy.
KPMG professionals have donated more
than 15,000 hours in the past year, and the
firm and its employees contributed nearly
$700,000 through corporate philanthropy
and fundraising. KMPG has been
involved with the organization since
1989, and has 50 professionals that
serve on the JA board nationwide.
It’s something that’s really core
to what KPMG is all about as a
firm, says Suzanne Townsen, Partner and Chair of KPMG’s Women’s Advisory Board. “We believe it
provides innovative, hands-on work
readiness, financial literacy education,
and that really aligns with what we believe
is important at KPMG,” Townsen says.
“We’re really committed to building a sus-
tainable and diverse talent pool for tomor-
row’s work force.”
KPMG volunteers work with students
enrolled in JA’s various programs, including
JA Finance Park and Biz Town.
“We’re very much a purpose-driven
organization. We want our people to every-
day think about the value we bring to soci-
ety, not just the markets, but it’s important
for us to be connected and committed to our
communities,” Townsen says. “As a Big 4
accounting firm, we see ourselves as stew-
ards of the markets and our people are really
focused on working with organizations that
provide them purpose and meaning, so JA is
a perfect partner organization for us.”
As part of KPMG’s and the KPMG Foun-
dation’s ongoing commitment to workforce
readiness, and through funding from the
Foundation, KPMG recently expanded its
affiliation with JA to include the redevelop-
ment of JA Finance Park. Established in 2013,
JA Finance Park is one of JA’s most successful
programs with more than 1 million students
across the United States having completed
this hands-on curriculum, Townsen says.
The program provides middle and high
school students with a 13-lesson personal
finance curriculum delivered by their teacher.
Following the classroom work, students travel
to a JA Finance Park location—in some cases
virtually—where their new money-management skills are put to the test with the assistance of their teachers and KPMG volunteers.
To enhance the JA Finance Park experience,
KPMG recently introduced a redeveloped
digital curriculum and accompanying technology for the program. The new digital curriculum and custom software allows students to
engage in real-world financial activities such
as online banking and paying bills via tablet
PCs, while learning about concepts like insurance, credit and long-term investments.
By supporting JA in the redevelopment
of their curriculum, KPMG is helping to
better prepare students for financial success
through technology they’ve become accus-
tomed to using on a daily basis. “It gives our
people a way to go in and effect change and
help children in traditionally underserved
areas, and that’s powerful,” Townsen says.
“JA’s such a great organization and we’re so
proud to be aligned with it.”
KPMG is dedicated to ensuring that all stu-
dents have the tools they need to be financially
literate and make smart budgeting and saving
decisions, says Jack E. Kosakowski, President
and CEO of Junior Achievement USA.
“While the redeveloped JA Finance Park
cirriculum has only been in use for a year, we
already have heard wonderful feedback from
the students, volunteers and teachers who love
using the tablets,” Kosakowski says. “
Integrating technology into our programs allows
the students to learn in a 21st century environment, making learning fun and more relevant
to them. We are thrilled to receive this gift
from KPMG on behalf of America’s students.”
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