RSM US LLP, an audit, tax and consulting services provider presented a check for $142,598 to support Investing in Kids (INK!), St. Johns County Education Foundation.

The mission of INK! is to invest in students and teachers within the St. John County School District through college scholarships, kindergarten preparation programs and providing teachers with materials needed to enable hands-on learning.

“With RSM’s gift, we’ve been able to maximize our impact for students and classrooms,” said Donna Lueders, executive director of INK!. “That is huge.”

Part of RSM's efforts to support the community include Birdies Fore Love, a nationwide fundraising initiative related to The RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR tournament event for which RSM is the title sponsor. Local charities benefit from the funds raised in the community by employees, clients, family, and friends, as well as a match from the RSM US Foundation.

Rachel Brown, RSM senior associate, championed the partnership with INK! and found creative ways to maximize fundraising activities. As a result, RSM Jacksonville was among the top Birdies Fore Love fundraising offices nationally.

“RSM rallied behind INK! because we believe in their mission,” said Mike Vergo, office managing partner of RSM Jacksonville. “We wanted our fundraising efforts to support education because it’s an investment in the next generation of leaders in our community.”

Future initiatives for INK! include expanding its programs and evaluating strategies to address mental health concerns.

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