SCACPA is the only organization looking out for the CPA profession in South Carolina. You know you can rely on the Association to advocate for you at the state level, particularly as it relates to Conformity legislation, new regulations, disaster relief and more. SCACPA’s strong presence at the State House assures that your credential – and best interests – are promoted and protected.

The SCACPA Advocacy Team wants to increase its power in delivering wins to the CPA community, but it needs your help. The Association is looking to strategically communicate with the decision-makers who our Members know and work with.

A large factor in your success as a CPA is an understanding of the legislative process. Outcomes hinge on how our elected officials take action. We envision that 2021 will be a monumental year at the State House with many major initiatives at stake that can affect how you do business for years to come.

To effectively create a volunteer network of Members who want to be involved, we need to find key messengers and relationships we would never have known about otherwise.

The SCACPA Advocacy Team will soon be looking to create volunteer activities that best suit the interests and talents of our Members. This will allow us to target all our efforts in the most impactful ways possible.

It begins with the RAP Index Survey. To create this, we partnered with a group that specializes in helping state associations and nonprofits get the most out of their advocacy relationships with legislators.

To launch this initiative, we are emailing an online survey to all our members in December. Here are examples of questions we’re asking:

  • What social/professional relationships do you have with legislators and policy influencers?
  • How involved are you with your local SCACPA Chapter or the AICPA?
  • How knowledgeable are you when it comes to SCACPA’s advocacy efforts?
  • Do you typically donate to political campaigns?
  • Are you willing to write newspaper editorials or letters to your elected officials?
  • What media sources do you follow to keep up on current events?

You can begin the survey at this Survey Link.

The survey will take very little of your time, but your participation will make a tremendous difference. There are no right or wrong answers, we simply ask for your honest feedback. Some questions will ask if you personally know certain elected officials, because every connection is important for our success. If you don’t know legislators, it’s important to get to know them.

In your roles in your community as an employee, voter and volunteer, your voice is influential. Through this brief survey, you can let us know about the issues important to you. You will also help us identify the stakeholders within your network and the level of advocacy you are willing to undertake.

SCACPA thanks you in advance for your assistance in making our Association stronger. We appreciate your support as SCACPA protects and promotes the CPA credential throughout South Carolina.