In 2014, philanthropic endeavors included sizable cash contributions, thousands of dollars in in-kind donations and more than 800 pro bono hours volunteered by attorneys across five offices.
Some of our initiatives included the Cascade AIDS Project, Ainsworth Elementary School, the Crooked River Roundup Queen Program, the Crook County High School girls volleyball program, and the Portland State University women’s basketball program. The awards luncheon will be held Friday, October 9 at the Hilton Hotel Grand Ballrooms.
A Brief History Lesson
But the story of our philanthropy in 2014 can’t be told without a history lesson in our support for a multitude of programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington since the firm’s founding in 1986. Our philanthropy in 2014, and for the past 30 years, was to partner with existing organizations that allow us to take on long-term projects. Most involve enriching the lives of young people.
SKH gives approximately 10 percent of gross receipts back to the communities in which we have law offices in the form of pro bono work, cash contributions, supportive programs including mentorship, and in-kind donations. When we donate, we don’t just cut a check – we put feet on the ground. Our partnership with Portland State University’s women’s basketball team included mentorship, career training, finding fundraisers, providing parking, and ensuring a strong presence at every home game.
In 2014, SKH contributed to the Crook County High School girls volleyball and Rim Rock Volleyball Club teams by providing transportation, mentorship, coaching, cash contributions, and connecting players to employment and scholarship opportunities. SKH Senior Shareholder and nationally recognized volleyball coach Joel J. Kent volunteers at least five days a month during the competitive season coaching young women from Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties through RRVC. In 2014, renowned coach Rosie Honl’s CCHS Cowgirls brought home the State Championships.
In 2014, SKH sponsored the Crooked River Roundup Queen program, which includes in-kind gifts such as hosting the Queen’s luncheon, providing stationary and clothing for the CRR Queen, and providing gifts for the visiting rodeo queens.
SKH has sponsored the queen program for 15 years. The firm further provides monetary support and in-kind assistance to the volunteer board of the Crooked River Roundup, and buys roughly 500 rodeo tickets to share with clients and staff.