You are undoubtedly familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Created in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City, Giving Tuesday is now an independent nonprofit with a simple mission: celebrate a day that encourages people to do good.
Our team at SignatureFD is marking the occasion by celebrating our team members’ generosity throughout the year, involving the organizations and communities they care about and give toward through their financial resources, time, and skills. We are delighted to highlight the following four generosity stories from our team.
Colin Sturgis, CFP®, CSRIC™
Partner, Wealth Advisor
Some close friends of ours introduced us to Java Joy last summer when they founded the Atlanta chapter of the organization. Java Joy was started in Athens, Georgia as an affiliate of the nonprofit Extra Special People to provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities while also engaging the community. These are people that normally may not be able to find jobs, so Java Joy sets them up as baristas, called “Joyristas,” through their outdoor food truck or indoor mobile coffee cart available for parties, events, meetings, etc. We love their model because it not only empowers the adults they serve, but also creates opportunities for the rest of the community to interact with them in positive ways. Plus, who doesn’t love great coffee?
Learn more at https://javajoy.org/
Robin Marx, CFA®, CFP®
Director of Portfolio Management
My children were both born in Chile while we lived there for my husband’s job, and his company still has offices in Argentina and Peru. As a result, we feel a strong connection to Latin America and have great compassion for the immigrants that come to the United States from that region. So when my friend asked me last summer to join the Board of the Latin American Association and launch their Investment Committee, it was a perfect fit, both personally and professionally. It is a nonpartisan organization that provides critical services to change the trajectory of Latino families in so many ways, from economic empowerment to youth programs, immigration services, and emergency rental support during COVID, all right here in Atlanta. The bravery of families traveling from Latin America to find a better life here inspires me, and I am honored to be a part of helping them pursue that dream.
Learn more at https://thelaa.org/
JD Thacker CFP®
This year we discovered an organization here in Charlotte called Madelyn’s Fund that supports families whose babies are experiencing extended stays in local Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) units. Our son Jordan was born prematurely this summer and stayed in the NICU for 55 days. During that time, we were able to witness firsthand how Madelyn’s Fund helps families dealing with these extremely stressful circumstances. The Fund provides non-need-based financial support for families whose babies are in a NICU facility for 14 days or longer, usually in the form of prepaid gas cards, meal delivery, payment of monthly utilities, baby supplies, and other costs. This cause is personally meaningful to us, and we have embraced the opportunity to give back to other families going through similar situations. We are looking forward to being even more involved in the future.
Learn more at https://madelynsfund.org/
Leah Maybry, CPA
Partner, Wealth Advisor
I learned about the mission of Dress for Success Charlotte through my work at a previous firm when I prepared their tax returns. Their work to empower women and raise them out of poverty inspired me so much so that I ended up joining the Board. Dress for Success is probably best known for providing much-needed interview and employment clothes to women entering the workforce. But it also does so much more, including professional development, job searches, career center work, and financial education. This past March, I participated in the “Your Hour Her Power” fundraising drive. Along with 30 other women, we helped raise significant support for Dress for Success, and each of us was featured on a digital billboard all over Charlotte on our assigned days. It was a unique, fast-paced way to promote awareness of their incredible work for women in our community.
Learn more at https://charlotte.dressforsuccess.org/