EY Foundation and University Relations

The EY Foundation’s mission is to stimulate and support excellence in higher education, creating pipelines to careers in professional services. 

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Since it was founded in 1937, the EY Foundation has contributed more than $300 million to charitable organizations.

Our programs and initiatives include:

  • EY Academic Resource Center

    The EY Academic Resource Center (EYARC) is a state-of-the-art virtual resource center which provides faculty from non-profit, higher education institutions with free, leading-edge resources to prepare students for the fast-changing, global marketplace. Resources include videos, lecture notes, case studies, data sets, analytics workbooks and many other tools focused on emerging topics impacting the business and accounting profession.

    The EYARC is used by more than 3,000 faculty at 850 schools across 39 countries. The Foundation has invested more than $7.5 million to support the development of these faculty resources.

    For more information or access to the EY ARC website, contact Catherine Banks.

  • Diversity and inclusiveness

    The Foundation makes grants in support of diversity recruiting to individuals, universities and groups, including the National Association of Black Accountants, Association of Latino Professionals for America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ascend Foundation Inc., the Hispanic Business College Fund, Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Careers Awareness Program.

    These grants are designed to increase the pipeline of students interested in careers in professional services, provide support for retention and financial need and facilitate conversations about the increasingly diverse and global work environments that students will face following graduation.

    Over the past three years, the Diversity and Inclusiveness program within the Foundation has awarded over $1.8 million in direct grants.

  • Matching gifts for higher education

    Through the Foundation's matching gifts program, eligible gifts from active and retired EY partners, principals and personnel to US accredited, non-profit higher education institutions are matched in accordance with program guidelines.

    Over the past three years, the Foundation has matched over $31 million in gifts in support of 540 academic institutions to foster academic opportunity and excellence.

    If you are interested in creating an EY matching gift fund at your school, please contact Ellen Glazerman.

    If you are a partner, principal or employee of EY and would like to submit a gift to be matched, please visit EY Gives.

  • College Mentoring for Access and Persistence

    Launched in 2009, College MAP is EY's signature volunteer program in education. It is a multi-year, group-mentoring program focused on empowering students in underserved high schools across the US so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education.

    The program also offers scholarships for both first year and continuing students to help fill the gap between financial means and college expenses. Donations from partners, principals and employees are matched in accordance with program guidelines.

    Over the past three years, the Foundation has awarded over $1.9 million in scholarships to more than 725 students.

    Learn more about College MAP.

  • Faculty growth and development

    The Foundation supports a number of events for faculty, including:

    EYARC Colloquium

    The EYARC hosts an annual colloquium focusing on issues of critical importance to the next generation of professionals. Recent topics included innovation mindset and analytics mindset.

    New Faculty Consortium

    Over the last 17 years, the Foundation has funded more than $2.6 million in support of the American Accounting Association’s New Faculty Consortium. This event, the only education program of its kind, helps jump-start the careers of new faculty through its focus on scholarship, research, teaching and career development.

    Tax Educators Symposium

    The Foundation convenes an annual symposium to assist tax faculty in staying abreast with the latest technical developments and emerging issues, including the impact of emerging technologies on the tax profession.

    Diversity and Inclusiveness Roundtable

    The Foundation hosts as annual roundtable to assist faculty and administrators in understanding and incorporating leading practices in inclusiveness in order to better prepare their students to succeed in a global work environment.

  • Celebrating faculty excellence

    The Foundation funds annual awards for outstanding teaching, including the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award and the American Accounting Association’s Innovation in Accounting Education Award.

    In addition, the Foundation supports outstanding research, including the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Accounting Education Research Award, the Center for Audit Quality research grant program, and the Diversity Section Research Award, which rewards faculty for providing students with the best educational experience and preparation for their future success. The Foundation also provides support for the American Accounting Association’s Doctoral Student Travel Fund for Ph.D. candidates in tax studies.

  • Higher education news and resources

    We offer extensive EY thought leadership, including AccountingLink and a virtual newsstand of current articles, case studies and other publications, including technical accounting guidance and regulatory insights.

    We also offer on demand webcasts, podcasts and audiobooks in Thought Center, and EYARC account holders receive periodic newsletters providing insights on new curriculum development.

  • Disaster relief

    In addition to its educational efforts, in certain cases when disasters occur, partners and staff have the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation which are used to assist EY people, their families and communities.

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