Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Purpose projects give back to our communities

At Baker Tilly, what matters to our people matters to us - which is why we support the ongoing engagement of our teams worldwide in stewardship activities and projects with purpose. This year, the list of community projects is bigger than ever

Baker Tilly has again shown its commitment to linking people with purpose, with record levels of volunteering in the US, the establishment of a new foundation and increasingly global reach for its community activities.

1 August saw Baker Tilly in the US celebrate its Stewardship Day for a fourth straight year, with team members volunteering to help nearly 125 non-profits across 42 cities.

Activities included the planting of community gardens, sorting thousands of oranges for those in need of food, beautifying local parks and schools, volunteering with youth mentoring groups and assisting organisations who help people of all ages struggling with poverty, violence, addiction and mental health issues.

The day also coincided with the launch of a new Baker Tilly Foundation, to drive greater philanthropic impact across education, health and wellness, and human services.

“This is our biggest ever Stewardship Day, as we continue to invest in the communities in which we live and work,” Baker Tilly CEO Alan Whitman said.

“I’m delighted to be able to announce the establishment of the Baker Tilly Foundation.”

The Foundation will be a cornerstone for Baker Tilly’s charitable efforts in the US, led by Partner Jennifer Soltis as president.

Mr Whitman said the Foundation would become a focal point for Baker Tilly’s philanthropic efforts.

“It will align Baker Tilly’s giving with the charities that matter the most to team members and amplify the individual philanthropy that has been going on for decades,” he said.

Across the world, other members of the Baker Tilly global network are also pursuing purpose projects.

Fellow US firm Cherry Bekaert was also working hard, with staff packing back-to-school packs for underprivileged students in Durham, restocking community pantries in South Florida and painting community buildings in Austin.

In the UK, team members from MHA MacIntyre Hudson went ‘plalking’ and ‘plogging’ around the banks of the Thames.

For the uninitiated, those terms correspond to walking and jogging while picking up litter, filling 20 bags with rubbish which would otherwise have ended up in the river or out to sea.

“Purpose to me means recognising our responsibility to those around us and playing a key role in helping shape their futures,” MHA Managing Partner and Group Chairman Rakesh Shaunak said.

“Our ‘now, for tomorrow’ ethos involves us acting now to create a better tomorrow for colleagues, clients, communities and hopefully our children.

“This small gesture in a hectic world helped enhance our great relationships, involved some great conversations and hopefully goes a small way to build great futures.”

More than 10,000 miles away in Melbourne, Australia, members of Baker Tilly firm Pitcher Partners also got into the spirit volunteering at food rescue kitchen Fareshare.

Pitcher Partners staff prepared close to close to 2000 meals for single parents, people battling homelessness and school children in disadvantaged areas.

“Purpose-led thinking is at the heart of everything Baker Tilly does,” Baker Tilly Global Director of Marketing and Communications Jaimie Godden said.

“Around the world, Baker Tilly firms are making it clear that the communities in which they operate and in which their staff live are foremost in their thoughts and actions.

“To see the Stewardship Day concept grow-and-grow in the US and now go global means that Baker Tilly is increasingly making an impact in those communities.

“And that impact is only going to develop further in years to come.”

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