In the United States, Beta Alpha Psi is the honor organization for financial information students and professionals. They are made up of over 300,000 members who were initiated into the organization while receiving a degree at a credited university. They have over 300 chapters on colleges and university campuses. The organization was founded in 1919 as a supporting network for professionals and soon to be graduates.
The primary objective for Beta Alpha Psi is to promote student activity in regards to accounting, finance, and information systems on campus. The organization provides the means for students to meet and connect locally and encourages their students to study. They also offer unique opportunities to learn about community service and self-development within their perspective communities. Overall, they push hard to encourage their members to represent themselves as responsible, ethical, and social individuals. Members must be publicly reliable and represent the organization in the same manner.
Beta Alpha Psi is similar to other organizations in that they are funded through the organization's annual budget. Each charter will require members pay a one-time initiation fee as well as a charter maintenance fee. Funding mostly comes through contributions from the financial industry, which includes some of the top consulting and professional services firms. Charters may also utilize smaller means of funding for minor revenue and funding projects.