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    November 13th, 2012

    Now’s the time that we need to share
    So find yourself, we’re on our way back home…

    Lyrics and music by: Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson; recorded by Supertramp.

     

    Lauren Bilinsky's Team in Training Campaign

    Lauren Bilinsky's Team in Training Campaign

     

    At the present time, there are large corporate fund raising events going on to benefit large united charitable institutions and programs.  These fundraising programs have large and well-organized marketing and corporate donation programs and volunteer events being undertaken by generous and well-meaning people in all sorts of corporations and businesses.

    Not to take away from the efforts of these big united programs, there are many other much smaller-scale fundraising programs being undertaken by no less well-meaning people, from smaller groups to individuals.

    These can range from community hockey and sports teams, educational fundraising efforts to individual medical fundraising campaigns such at the Team in Training for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

    I urge lawyers to consider matching their charity program(s) to the size of their practice.  Remember what it was like to start up your small firm?  Imagine those individuals in smaller fundraising campaigns who are facing uphill fundraising hurdles.  These smaller fundraisers would appreciate a bit of help from those out there who have faced similar hurdles when setting up in practice.  The big united programs benefit from the big downtown corporate programs.  Now is the time we need to share – please keep these little fundraisers in your own home community in mind when it comes to allocating your charity dollars. You can help make their day.

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 10:34 am and is filed under Budgeting, Firm Governance, Issues facing Law Firms, Law Firm Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Planning, personal focus and renewal, Tips, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

    3 Responses to “Consider the Little Ones”
    1. Karen Dunn Skinner Says:

      Thanks for this, David. We just finished exactly the type of small fundraiser you are talking about, Kids Danse pour Enfants 2012 (www.facebook.com/kidsdanse), a children’s dance to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

      Thanks to many of our small local businesses, who were incredibly generous with donations of goods and services, we hosted a dance for about 600 people and will be donating almost $10000 to the hospital. It’s small change for the hospital, compared to what some of the big galas and well-oiled fundraising teams can raise, but the event was full of heart and the kids all had a blast. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our local community businesses.

    2. David Bilinsky Says:

      Congratulations Karen! This is exactly what I was thinking of..big hearted people and kids who give their all. Great for the hospital and wonderful for the kids who learn some wonderful lessons about giving and caring after others. None of these programs could succeed without the support of the local community businesses. Well Done and thanks for letting us know. I hope we can hear from many others and celebrate their successes too!

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