Firms giving back: CLA Foundation pledges $1M in donations, grants

CliftonLarsonAllen pledges $1M each in donations and grants

Top 10 Firm CliftonLarsonAllen and its CLA Foundation recently announced a goal to raise $1 million annually in charitable donations and award the same amount in grants to organizations that "align with its mission of creating career opportunities through education, employment, and entrepreneurship."

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Now in its third year, the CLA Foundation is funded by contributions from staff members, principals, and retired principals. Thus far in 2018, the foundation has sponsored its second annual Giving Day, which raised over $500,000 in charitable donations over a 24-hour period. The foundation also granted $779,894 to 44 organizations in 2017, and has given away $1.6 million since its inception in 2015.

“Our philosophy is unique: What comes in donations, goes out in grants,” said Jan Kruchoski, board chair of the CLA Foundation, in a statement. “There is no endowment for the foundation to fall back on.”

“CLA’s purpose is to create opportunities for our people, clients, and the communities we live in. We know these communities [and] we are connected to them,” stated CLA CEO Denny Schleper. “It makes sense to help.”

For more on the foundation, head to CLA's site here.

Spoor Bunch Franz volunteers with local Police Athletic League

Over 60 members of St. Petersburg, Florida, accounting firm Spoor Bunch Franz volunteered with its local Police Athletic League to help the nonprofit pressure-wash exteriors, paint offices, organize files, garden, sort donations, and pack over 750 backpacks for kids going back to school.

“This is a huge step to beautify and get ready for back-to-school,” stated Heather Robb, operations director at the PAL. The backpacks were full of supplies and clothes donated by local organizations and volunteer efforts.

The firm previously helped clear out PAL’s second floor to make room for more education programs, as well as tutoring and holding on-site visits to teach finance basics to children.

“The opportunity to work with an organization that has such a strong impact on the next generation in our community initially drove me to get involved with PAL,” said SBF partner W.G. Spoor, in a statement. “What really sets PAL apart is the youth interaction with the St. Petersburg Police Department – it’s cool to see how positive that dynamic can be.”

Sax announces seventh annual "4 Miler" charity run

Clifton, N.J., firm Sax has announced its seventh annual 4 Miler charity event, benefiting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. The event will be held in Woodland Park, N.J. on Oct. 6, 2018.

The annual run/walk sees Sax's Charitable Foundation donate all funds to the Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, which looks to lessen families' stress caused by illness and hospitalization. Since it began in 2012, the 4 Miler has raised over $365,000 for the Child Life Department.

“Sax’s 4 Miler event has granted us the opportunity to provide our pediatric patients with an outlet while they undergo treatment and care,” stated Robert Budelman, vice president and chief development officer at St. Joseph’s Health Foundation. “Our children are facing a number of obstacles ahead of them, but through the efforts of the Child Life Department, we can provide them with an array of programs and services that work to alleviate much of their stress and anxiety. We thank Sax for their tremendous support, and for allowing us to address the unique needs of our young patients in meaningful ways.”

Race registration information can be found here, with donations being accepted on Sax's fundraising page.

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