Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson Coburn continued to find ways to give back to its communities. With more than $3.5 million raised and 5,000 volunteer hours, the Firm has been recognized as the first-place honoree for midsize companies in the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2020 Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
The Firm’s contributions in 2020 included raising $470,000 for the United Way, $6,350 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank and a $50,000 donation to Freedom Suits Memorial, a major public art project that will honor the hundreds of slaves who filed lawsuits in Missouri courts to demand their freedom.
“It’s limited our ability to lead in-person fundraising efforts and prompted us to think more creatively about virtual events.” Said Chairman Roman Wuller, referring to how Covid-19 impacted philanthropic giving. Seeing the success of virtual events, the Firm plans to continue them in the future as they allow each of the offices to rally together.
“For example, in February 2021, Winter Storm Uri caused considerable damage throughout Texas and impacted a number of nonprofits. We held a firmwide fundraiser that raised $15,000 for Our Friends Place, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing and career services to hundreds of homeless young women,” said Roman.
Other organizations that the Firm supported during 2020 included the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
“Ask your employees which charities or nonprofits you should consider supporting,” said Roman. “By doing so, you significantly expand the pool of possible organizations and also gain a strong internal sponsor who can advocate for the nonprofit and help tell its story to the rest of your organization.”
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