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
The mission of FERF is to continuously educate senior-level financial executives and advance the profession and practices of financial management through research tailored to their specific needs. FERF provides timely, relevant, practical, objective and educational research that gives the senior-level financial executive an extra edge in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of corporate finance.
“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.”
SVP, Corporate Controller & Principal Accounting Officer
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Chair, FERF Development Committee 2012-2013
The Research – Unique, timely, relevant, practical and objective
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.”
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 CFO.com
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.
FERF depends upon the voluntary, charitable contributions of individuals, corporations and FEI Chapters for funding to realize its mission. Donations are tax-deductible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org