Since our Firm's inception in 1995, we have continually looked for new and creative ways to be good "Corporate Citizens." Our broad range of financial contributions have included more traditional organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and Second Harvest Food Bank to lesser known organizations like the Children's Health Council, Peninsula Youth Theater, Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Today's Youth Matters. Although we have made a broad range of contributions, we maintain a special emphasis on youth-related programs that encourage and educate our future leaders.
One organization we have strongly supported is Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development ("BUILD"). BUILD encourages youth from low income communities by providing them an education in entrepreneurship. As part of this program we have hosted and participated in BUILD's annual business plan competition, provided mentors and other resources beyond simple financial contribution. This past year we saw the first tangible measure of BUILD's success; one of our former student interns involved with BUILD was recently admitted to Harvard! For more information on BUILD, please visit their website at www.build.org.
One fun tradition we have is the annual Holiday Card competition. Every year we receive between six and twelve Holiday Cards from Beechwood School located in east Menlo Park (www.beechwoodschool.org). The cards capture the colorful creativity that only comes from the mind of a young child. We routinely pick three or four cards that we print in mass and send along to our friends and clients during the Holiday Season. We provide the contest winners gift certificates and accolades while the school receives a much needed contribution. This competition is truly a unique and special tradition here at the Firm.