McGladrey Gets Creative to Support Family Services

When the Community Caring Committee at McGladrey learned that the firm would not be able to sponsor Family Services in the traditional sense, they came up with another idea.

McGladrey, most prominently known as the nation’s fifth-largest accounting firm, works largely with businesses who specialize in manufacturing, distribution, sales, construction, real estate, and hospitality. Yet this corporation has also developed a strong reputation in the public sector for its commitment to the communities in which it exists. Its history of partnerships with many of Florida’s non-profit organizations includes The United Way, The Boys & Girls Club, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, Florida Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society.

So, when Family Services of Metro Orlando contacted McGladrey partner Clay Worden with an invitation to the second annual Give a Child a Childhood Fundraising Breakfast, he thought deeply about how he and his firm could support our mission to empower communities to create opportunities for children and families. Initially, Worden believed the firm might make a sponsorship donation. But when he learned that McGladrey would not be able to sponsor in the traditional method, the firm’s Community Caring Committee got creative.

“In our profession, it’s very easy to get caught up in the work you do all the time. So we thought, ‘Why not do something fun for our families and benefit our community at the same time?’” said Genie Dietz, Resource Manager at McGladrey. “Family Services of Metro Orlando is one of our audit clients and we always have our eyes and ears open for ways in which we can help the organizations we do business with.”

The staff decided to host an Easter party event on Saturday, March 27, with donations to benefit Family Services of Metro Orlando. Volunteers brought springtime to the McGladrey office, as fifteen children and their parents enjoyed festive snacks in the break room, crafts in the conference room and candy-filled egg hunts in the cubicles. The Easter bunny even made a special guest appearance during story time.

Even after the event, McGladrey has continued internal fund-raising efforts on behalf of Family Services.

“This is a perfect example of caring diligence and creative influence in these challenging economic times. If every one of our partners took just one step towards improving the future for our children, what an impact we could make in our city,” said Janice Brodie, Corporate Relations Manager for Family Services of Metro Orlando. “The team at McGladrey is certainly making an impact. They are a true inspiration.”

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