Building a Firm Foundation: Best Practices for Creating a More Giving Law Office
Many law firms are starting their own foundations to contribute to philanthropic causes that focus on the firm's core values and assistance to the community. There are many initiatives, organization styles and outreaches to involve members of the firm in these types of foundations. This involvement can bring the firm closer together and boost overall morale.
Partner and Chair of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. Ralph Lepore gives advice to law firms that are thinking of establishing their own foundation. One tip he shares: involve clients in your charitable activities when you can. "We also involve major clients in our programs when the subject matter aligns with their own corporate social responsibility strategy," he says. "For example, in 2012 we welcomed partnerships with JetBlue and Staples, both longtime clients of the firm, as part of our 18th Holocaust Remembrance Project."