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What is FERF?

Established in 1944, Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) is the research affiliate of Financial Executives International (FEI). FERF is a non-profit, non-political, educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. Although closely affiliated with FEI, FERF is a separate and independent organization not supported by FEI member dues. FERF depends upon the voluntary, charitable contributions of individuals, corporations and local FEI Chapters for funding to realize its mission. FERF is proud to have FEI as its founding member and longest-standing donor.

Mission – The education of senior level financial executives
To provide knowledge and insight that enable informed decision-making by senior-level financial executives and their organizations.


“The work of FERF is critical today. The world of accounting and finance is complex and getting even more so. FERF provides an objective view of this world. We get hundreds of e-mails offering advice, which we take with a grain of salt, but we know that FERF’s research is independent and objective. No other organization provides such an objective view of the financial world. That makes the great research that FERF does an incredible value to us.”
Prat Bhatt
SVP, Corporate Controller & Principal Accounting Officer
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Chair, FERF Development Committee 2012-2013

The Research – Unique, timely, relevant, practical and objective
FERF research investigates the evolving role of senior-level financial executives, practices of financial management and techniques to improve its effectiveness. FERF works closely with FEI technical committees, such as the Committee on Corporate Reporting (CCR), the Committee on Finance & IT (CFIT), and the Committee on Governance, Risk & Compliance (CGRC) to determine research topics and survey FEI members on issues that are important to them as senior financial executives.
The input of financial executives keeps FERF in the loop of which issues are most pressing. FERF research is topical and distributed in a format that is both timely and convenient for financial executives.

Benchmark your audit fees, compensation and more.
   Participate in acclaimed surveys which provide valuable data for fellow FEI members, regulators, the press, and documents current trends.
    FERF research is designed to provide solutions and insight for the professional development needs of members and their staff.
Get the scoop on the latest FERF research and current research projects as well as surveys and research interviews.

…research cycle times are great because they are short.”
FERF research “is quick, relevant and useful.”
Bryan Roub
Retired CFO
Harris Corporation
Former FERF trustee

FERF in the News
The quality, objectivity and pragmatism of FERF research are unequaled and media coverage of FERF reports continues to increase. In June and July 2012, The Audit Fee Survey garnered national press in the CNBC Blog and  Accounting Today, among other prestigious publications. SEC Reporting and the Impact of XBRL: 2012 Survey was highlighted in and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2012, FERF research was referenced in three congressional testimonies including that by FEI’s President and CEO, Marie N. Hollein, as requested by the Capital Markets Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “The 10th Anniversary of Sarbanes-Oxley Act.”

FERFPros CPE Subscription Series powered by SmartPros
In tandem with its dedication to the continuing education of senior finance executives, FERF offers an online self-study CPE program – FERFPros powered SmartPros. As part of FEI membership benefits, FEI and FERF have partnered with SmartPros Ltd. to provide FEI members with discounted, high quality CPE.

Funding Projects
FERF depends upon the voluntary, charitable contributions of individuals, corporations and FEI Chapters for funding to realize its mission. Donations are tax-deductible.

Research Sponsorship
The FERF research team works collaboratively with research sponsors to produce many of the reports each year.  Companies interested in sponsoring a research project should contact FERF Senior Director, Research Bill Sinnett at (973)765-1004 or