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Deloitte Foundation educator resources

Accelerating education to meet the pace of business

​The Foundation sponsors a variety of national initiatives designed to inform and equip educators with the tools they need to stay on top of industry changes within professional services. Since 1928, foundation initiatives have engaged faculty from across the US to develop the talent of the future in audit, advisory, tax, and consulting.

Leading in our universities

​Tomorrow’s business challenges require a new type of leader with a diverse skill set that enables them to innovate at the pace of business. Since 1928, the Deloitte Foundation has evolved alongside education, helping to support educators and develop future leaders in the critical fields of audit, advisory, tax, and consulting. Whether through classroom curriculum, financial support, cutting-edge research, or efforts to promote excellence in teaching, the Deloitte Foundation is helping education institutions confront the global skills gap head-on.

Students

Educator resources

Educators play a critical role in preparing the profession's next generation of business leaders. The Deloitte Foundation is committed to supporting educators and students by providing resources, teaching/curriculum materials, and other investments in academic programs that promote excellence in education. We are making an impact on tomorrow’s leaders today through the following:

American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation “Cook Prize”
Established with an initial gift of $1 million from Mike Cook, retired Deloitte & Touche LLP chairman and CEO, and his wife, Mary Anne, the award recognizes up to three professors annually, one each in the categories of graduate, undergraduate, and two-year accounting degree programs. Award recipients must consistently demonstrate the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting. Each prize consists of a $25,000 cash award, a silver medallion, and a certificate.

American Accounting Association Wildman Award
Together with the American Accounting Association, the Deloitte Foundation sponsors the annual Wildman Medal, which is awarded to an author (or co-authors) of research judged likely to advance the theory and practice of public accounting.

American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award
The Foundation also directly supports new teaching methods by sponsoring this annual award for tax professors who develop innovative teaching techniques that encourage critical thinking.

Auditor Independence Education Materials
Deloitte & Touche LLP, in conjunction with the University of Illinois Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, has developed a program to help auditing professors and other faculty teach auditor independence to their students.

  • The materials, which include a video program and discussion questions, were designed to create a greater awareness among students about why independence is important to our profession as well as the capital markets.
  • Access the materials free of charge and register to receive a username and password for an in-class market game, discussion questions, suggested solutions, and teaching notes. A student web site is also available.

Deloitte Foundation/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Faculty Consortium
The annual consortium is designed to provide accounting faculty with a better understanding of business issues, and deliver best practice information that participants can incorporate into their institutions’ curricula. The program is delivered as a combination of presentations from regulators, standard setters, practice and experienced educators at leading accounting programs.

The Foundation works closely with the FSA Board to develop and execute the content-rich programs designed to help faculty from FSA schools deepen the educational experiences of their students, the next generation of accounting professionals.

The 2016 consortium theme was “Big Opportunities, Big Data”. Recent year themes have focused on analytics, judgments in accounting, disclosures and contingencies, investments, revenue recognition, and other relevant topics of interest.

Materials from 2016 and previous conferences, including case studies and data sets, can be found on through the FSA website.

Forensic Accounting Case Studies
The Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Case Study Series provides an effective tool to understand ways to uncover fraud and corruption in complex scenarios and high risk environments.

The Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Cases are available as PDFs. Topics include: payroll, claims management, sales commission fraud, procurement fraud, asset misappropriation, tax fraud, sales fraud and FCPA investigations.

Professorships, fellowships, and chairs
The Foundation has provided more than $17 million in endowed professorships, fellowships, and chairs to help universities attract and retain top faculty.

Tax Faculty Symposium
A Deloitte Foundation sponsored program designed to expose tax professors to the latest technical and business knowledge on practice, regulatory, and policy issues in taxation.

Trueblood Seminars for Professors and Case Studies
Since 1966, more than 2,400 professors have attended the seminars, which the Foundation sponsors with the American Accounting Association. Here, Deloitte & Touche LLP partners recreate difficult cases they have encountered in practice and work with attending faculty on possible solutions. Rounded out by guest speakers, the Trueblood Seminars keep professors connected with real-world issues and current challenges of the profession. There are also 50 cases that faculty can access whenever needed for use in the classroom.

For more information, contact US NY Deloitte Foundation (US).

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PhD resources

The Foundation has supported accounting PhD education for decades through its Doctoral Fellowship Program, which has supported more than 1,000 PhDs, and the American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium and other initiatives. It is also at the forefront with the AICPA Foundation, Big Four public accounting firms, and many other large CPA firms and state societies to help reverse the shortage of PhD accounting faculty in the United States by increasing the pipeline of quality doctoral candidates in accounting—the future educators of the future leaders of the accounting profession.

The Deloitte Foundation provides PhD resources in the following areas:

American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium
The Consortium gives advanced doctoral students a chance to meet with some of the country's most distinguished faculty in a collegial setting. Since 1971, the Consortium has helped students who are about to become faculty discuss important issues related to research, teaching, and career development.

Accounting Doctoral Scholars
The Deloitte Foundation, in conjunction with the AICPA Foundation, dozens of the country’s largest accounting firms and several state CPA societies, sponsors the ADS program which addresses the growing shortage of Ph.D. professionals in auditing and tax. The program provides financial support to encourage professionals, with public accounting experience in auditing and tax and an interest in teaching, to transition into academic roles at the university level. For further program information, contact www.adsphd.org.

Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program
Since 1956, this program has provided financial support to outstanding doctoral students in accounting. Up to 10 recipients each year are awarded $25,000 each to help cover expenses during their final year of coursework and the first year of their dissertation. The program has supported more than 1,000 PhDs and is increasing the pipeline of faculty who are preparing the next generation of business leaders.

For more information on any of these programs, contact US NY Deloitte Foundation (US).

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Youth Programs

Life Inc.: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People
The Deloitte Foundation recognizes that today's youth are tomorrow's talent who have myriad choices of potential career options. In 2007, the Deloitte Foundation began sponsoring the Life Inc. program to expand students' views of future careers in a fun and interactive way. The Foundation teamed with Neale Godfrey, author of Life Inc.: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People to provide her book and other valuable tools to help middle and high school students begin thinking about possible careers.

RightStep empowers future leaders

RightStep is Deloitte’s strategy to address education needs across America. Through collaboration with education organizations as well as donations from Deloitte professionals who contributed to the new RightStep Deloitte Foundation Education Fund, the program provides time, talent, and resources to help low-income students prepare for and persist through high school and college, then transition to a career. The RightStep Virtual Mentoring Program sponsored by the foundation pairs Deloitte professionals with students in underserved communities across the US. Approximately 500 Deloitte professionals are currently serving as virtual mentors to help students with such transitions as the college application process.

For more information on any of these programs, contact usnydeloittefoundation@deloitte.com.

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Matching Gifts Program

​Since 1972, the Deloitte Foundation has offered a Matching Gifts Program, which encourages partners and employees of the Deloitte US Firms to support higher education through contributions to colleges and universities. To date, the Foundation has matched more than $13 million annually to support nearly 400 colleges and universities across the US, establish over 60 professorships, and fund curriculum, scholarships, and other critical needs.

For more information on the Matching Gifts Program, contact US NY Deloitte Foundation (US).

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Tonie Leatherberry

Tonie Leatherberry

President | Deloitte Foundation

Tonie is a principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and the president of the Deloitte Foundation. She has served many Fortune 500 manufacturing, retail, and consumer business clients over the course of he... More

Kathy Shoztic

Kathy Shoztic

Executive Director | Deloitte Foundation

Kathy, director, Deloitte Services LP, oversees operations for the Deloitte Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Deloitte LLP that supports education. Kathy serves as a primary liaison between the ac... More