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Two for one for the old school The matching gifts program of the Haskins & Sells Foundation is off to a rousing start. During the first four months of its operation, starting in March of this year, the Foundation has sent checks totaling $21,036 to match 289 gifts of the same amount sent to colleges and universities by H&S people. The Foundation was established in 1928 with the stated purpose of "furthering accounting education in the United States." In recent years the American Alumni Council has been assisting a great many colleges and universities in fund raising through appeals to their alumni. Each year the council assists the institutions of learning by printing a list of employers that are pledged to match the gifts of their employees, within certain limits, to the participating schools. Many colleges enclose the list with their annual fund appeal to alumni. Since last March, H&S has joined that list of employers, most of them nationally known. At the time the Foundation's matching giftsprogramwasannouncedonMarch8, 1972, Managing Partner Michael N. Chetkovich said in a message to all H&S personnel: "The matching gifts program offers such a wide range of choice for individuals who want to give financial support to higher education that we expect that there will be broad participation by the people of Haskins & Sells." The rules of our Firm's matching program provide, in general, that all active and retired fulltime employees and partners are eligible to participate. Eligible recipient schools include graduate and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that have tax exempt status. Eligible contributors need not have attended the recipient school. The Foundation matches an employee's total contributions up to a maximum of $500 per person each calendar year. The minimum contribution eligible for matching is $25. Moral: double your money this coming gift-giving season by sending $25 or more to your favorite college. From your office, obtain a matching gift form and include it with your check. The Haskins & Sells Foundation will do the rest. • S€EME So what else is new, Bruce? [The following item is reprinted from The Ledger, newsletter of the Los Angeles office of H&S.] When you're hot, you're hot; when you're not you're not. The latter seemed to be the case for H&S staff accountant Bruce Henry, on June 29, 1972. Having released all assistants on the 28th, Bruce was alone, completing the audit of a branch of a local bank. He should have known he was in for a bad day while reviewing working papers on statistical sampling. Evaluating errors in the population was enough to give any statistical sampling expert a migraine headache. Bruce, rather quickly, forgot his accounting problems when a sawed-off shotgun was placed six inches from his head. He was ordered to move from his desk, abruptly rammed against a wall and ordered not to move. As the robbery progressed, Bruce, being an auditor at heart, made discreet observations (without inquiries). Still shaking after the police and FBI investigations, Bruce managed his way to the H&S softball game against Seidman & Seidman. The day appeared to be taking a turn for the better when, Bruce reports, he "accidentally" hit the ball into deep left center for a triple. All illusions were shattered as, sliding into third base, he tore his knee-requiring stitches-and re-injured the ligaments in his back which had been torn in a game three weeks earlier To top the day off, waiting in the mail when Bruce finally arrived home was a confirmation (2nd request] from Uncle Sam reminding him he was needed in Death Valley for two weeks of summer camp, an honor due to his outstanding performance during his two years of active duty. To make one thing perfectly clear, as Bruce said, "The day could have been worse- H&S did win the softball game'.' • Palm Beach glamour kitty Imagine an H&S partner's being upstaged and out-publicized by his seven-year-old daughter's cat. It happened in Florida recently to Jack Von Funk, who transferred last year from Miami to open our Palm Beach office. Jack's daughter is named Cara; her cat, a slow moving, not too bright male Siamese, is named Dum Dum. Cara loves Dum Dum as only a young mistress her age can. This past spring Cara learned about the All-American Glamour Kitty Contest sponsored by the makers of Kitty Pan Cat Absorbent, and she pestered her mother into getting the contest rules and the sponsor's address. Then Cara wrote a contest letter describing her plump Siamese as "healthy, looks like a tiger, eats lizards, takes sand baths, catches snakes, has sparkly eyes, purrs good, has cute legs, likes other cats, has a good face, good noise, good paws, is sneaky, lively, funny, cute, gentle, loving," amongst other things. To the Von Funk family's amazement, word came in late April that Dum Dum was chosen as a semi-finalist in the national contest, which would be decided early in June in Miami Beach. This made big news in the Palm Beach Post. which ran several prominent stories with large photos showing Cara beaming on her pet.Then Dum Dum was selected as one of the nine national finalists, and life really changed for the Von Funk family. Amid the congratulatory letters and phone calls they tried (hopelessly) to train their most famous member for the talent contest, but found that Dum Dum could hardly be taught to jump over a fly swatter. Climbing a pole? Forget it. Jo Von Funk, Cara's mother, was quoted in the Post: "If they ask Dum to play dead, we're in." For the cat fashion parade they chose a red night shirt and a tasseled blue striped nightcap. "The sponsor said to pick a costume that best fits your cat, and for old Dum that could only mean pajamas," Jo told the newspaper. To put pep in his step, the cat's diet was switched to the best chopped chicken liver. "Pet Goes From Scraps to Riches," the Post declared. A Palm Beach bank with a sign that it changes every few days first put up: 26
Chetkovich, Michael N.
Von Funk, Albert John
Phoenix, Julius W.
Johnson, Philip G.
Haskins & Sells Foundation
Haskins & Sells. Los Angeles Office
Haskins & Sells. Miami Office
Haskins & Sells. Omaha Office
H&S Reports, Vol. 09, (1972 autumn), p. 26-29
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Rights||Copyright and permission to republish held by: Deloitte; Photographs by Roy Stevens|
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|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Library. Accounting Collection|