For some, the summer is a time for vacations, time with family, getting outdoors and maybe just working a few extra hours less each week. At Legal Aid, the summer is time for our Generous Associates Campaign, the fundraising campaign run by associates from law firms all across Washington, D.C.
I am happy to announce that after eight weeks of some of the most intense efforts seen to date, the Generous Associates Campaign successfully raised $678,000! Not only did our volunteer fundraisers beat Legal Aid’s budget goal, they exceeded last year’s announced total. Congratulations to all the Firm Coordinators for their efforts, the Co-Chairs for their leadership, and to Michele Roberts of Akin Gump who took on the role of Honorary Chair and provided great inspiration.
Over 50% of the participating firms exceeded their fundraising amounts for 2009, with several setting new records. Competition is a wonderful motivator in the law firm arena, so we always hold a competition for firms by their size category. Check out the final results here.
When the Campaign launched in May, I have to admit that signs pointed to a fundraising campaign that could potentially be less successful than last year’s difficult effort. We had a drop of 20% in the number of firms participating, summer associate programs were reduced or canceled, and associates had additional pressures due to the ever changing legal environment that has been the norm for the past few years.
Despite these challenges, Washington’s legal community rose to the occasion and once again demonstrated that the tenet of justice for all should not be compromised. Generous associates, indeed. And generous partners, counsel, staff attorney, administrative professionals, etc.
Each year I am amazed at what this Campaign accomplishes. Washington’s hard working associates certainly have earned the right to focus more on the joys and distractions that summer can bring. Despite this, scores take on the responsibility of raising money for Legal Aid so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty in the District.