For giving more than $3.5 million to charities in 2019 and donating 5,000 volunteer hours, Thompson Coburn was selected as the first-place honoree for midsize companies in the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2020 Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
“Commitment to our communities is one of the key foundational values here at Thompson Coburn,” said Evan Goldfarb, chair of the Firm’s Corporate group. “We as an organization and as individuals are committed to making sure we are involved in helping the communities in the six offices where our business is located.”
“As a law firm, we have a special honor and obligation to help the indigent and use our skills and resources to provide people access to legal services, housing, health care, education, the arts and much more,” said Chris Hohn, chair of the Litigation group. “It is part of our fiber as a firm to give back, especially to those in communities that are underserved or in need.”
As detailed in a profile in the St. Louis Business Journal, many of Thompson Coburn’s charitable efforts and donations are directed to organizations where we have had relationships for decades, such as our annual fundraiser for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
In addition, each year our St. Louis, Belleville and Chicago offices come together to support a smaller local charity, where our donations will really make an impact. In 2019, our annual charity was Gateway to the Great Outdoors, a nonprofit that provides outdoor and STEAM education opportunities to low-income students in St. Louis and Chicago.
“The people of Thompson Coburn have been such great supporters,” said Nadav Sprague, CEO and founder of Gateway to the Great Outdoors. “They’ve donated over $18,000 to our organization and helped us pack backpacks for our kids to take out on camping trips.”
“Active participation in philanthropy and pro bono work is how we recognize that we are more than our bottom line,” said Evan. “We are a firm made up of committed individuals who want to give back to their communities.”
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