May 10th, 2011 by Sara Robertson
Since our inception, one of GBQ’s core values has been to be deeply involved in giving back to our community. We strive to provide an environment that encourages cooperation, life balance, and giving back to the community in which we live and work.
One of the things that has always struck me as unique about GBQ is our sponsorship and contribution policy. While we have overwhelming support from the firm’s partner group, our associates help decide where the firm’s contribution dollars go. Instead of management dictating the 3-5 organizations GBQ will support each year, the firm has created a sponsorship/contribution request process. Associates, regardless of level, are able to submit a form requesting support for an organization they are involved with and feel passionate about. Requests vary and are reviewed and accepted accordingly. This approach allows GBQ the opportunity to impact the numerous organizations in which our associates are involved.
This week is a perfect example of community at work around the firm. I received information delivered to my inbox this morning from an associate involved with the PetPromise Rescue Run. The event takes place right outside our office at McFerson Commons Park and isn’t a bad way to fit in a walk/run this Memorial Day weekend.
Today, ten of us are heading to the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University for the United Way of Central Ohio’s annual Celebration of Excellence awards. This year is extra special for the firm’s United Way campaign committee, as 2010 marked the first time in firm history that 100% of associates participated in our United Way campaign!
Tomorrow, over 50 GBQ associates and guests are heading to the Ohio Theatre for the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio’s Keyholder 11 event featuring Goldie Hawn. This is always a great bonding event for our wGBQ group and is something we look forward to all year long. GBQ’s involvement with The Women’s Fund has grown over the past five years as we have seen an increase in our associates’ passion for the organization. Half the people in our lives are women and we see the value in investing back into our local community in an efficient, impactful way.
Last but not least, this Saturday, May 14, 2011, a team of GBQ associates will walk and run in the 19th annual Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure®. This is such an inspirational event, one that several of our associates have participated in for many years. Be sure to look for our pink and blue ‘TEAM GBQ’ shirts on Saturday as we do our part in the fight against breast cancer.
To learn more about GBQ’s involvement in the central Ohio community, visit the Community Activities page of our website.