Partners and staff have selected Friends of Kids with Cancer as the firm’s 2015 Charity of Choice. Now in its 10th year, the Charity of Choice program combines fundraising activities and volunteer efforts to support one local charity each year. Charities are submitted by members of the firm, and all members of the firm, from interns to partners, have the opportunity to vote for their choice at the firm’s meeting each January. In 2014, Anders raised more than $22,000 for Basket of Hope.
Friends of Kids with Cancer, was nominated by Kyle Coady, CPA, an audit supervisor and organization volunteer, whose family has benefited from the not-for-profit’s work. The charity was founded in 1992, with the goal of providing kids going through cancer treatment with diversions. Friends of Kids with Cancer is unique because the entire family benefits from their services, and all money raised through events, grants and donations stays in the St. Louis Community. It focuses on the importance of kids and their families getting through the day, and aims to fill in the gaps from treatment to make each child whole again.
While events such as dress down days, penny wars and volunteer days are held throughout the year, the first major Anders fundraising event will be the annual “Hoops for Hope” NCAA basketball pool, which draws participation from clients, colleagues, referral sources and friends of the firm from all over the U.S.
In addition to Friends of Kids with Cancer, other beneficiaries of the Anders Charity of Choice program have included Basket of Hope, Young Friends of Habitat for Humanity, Nurses for Newborns, Girls on the Run, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Lafayette Industries, KidSmart, Re-Building Together and Kids Under Twenty-One (KUTO). Anders has raised over $200,000 in the past ten years.All Insights