Opsahl Dawson, Certified Public Accountants based in Vancouver, has given $25,000 to Washington State University Vancouver. The gift will be divided between accounting fellowships and sponsorship of WSU Vancouver’s annual Notable Alumni Award for the next five years.

“WSU Vancouver’s accounting program instills a passion for excellence, customer focus and attention to detail in its graduates,” said Aaron Dawson, president of Opsahl Dawson. “We are proud to support the university’s work to train the CPAs we need in Southwest Washington, these graduates are the future of our business.”

The firm was founded in 1979 by George Opsahl and transitioned to Aaron and Jen Dawson In 2009. Matt Lee joined the firm in 2010 and became an owner with Aaron and Jen in 2012. The firm now employs 17 full time staff and hires an additional 7 seasonal employees during tax season. Opsahl Dawson serves clients throughout Southwest Washington and Oregon. Opsahl Dawson was recently voted as Best in Business 2 years running by Vancouver Business Journal readers and also made the list of Top 100 firms to work for in the nation by Accounting Today.

The firm’s gift goes toward WSU Vancouver’s $20 million goal as part of the Campaign for WSU. The systemwide campaign is a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to increase support for students, faculty, research and outreach programs and to leverage the university’s impact across our state, nation and world.


WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. Here, students gain much more than a degree—they gain a brighter future.