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Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C. is deeply committed to community service. Through our unique and successful Non-Profit of the Month program, the firm welcomes client and employee suggestions for charitable causes to which the firm makes a monetary contribution each month. As a further example of our commitment to community service we also contribute to microloans through the non-profit Kiva. Non-profits that have benefited from the program include: LSU Camp Tiger, the American Heart Association, Writers in Schools, the ASPCA, AIDS Response Seacoast, Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, Children's Miracle Network, Smile Train, the National Brain Tumor Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Golfer's Against Cancer, Amber Plan Partners, Texas Center for Missing Children, Team Gleason (a non-profit for ALS victims started by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason), Louisiana Fallen Officers Fund, Women LEAD, Devon's Den (Tulane graduate Devon Walker, sustained a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Tulane vs. Tulsa football game in Tulsa, Okla., on September 8, 2012), Somaly Mam Foundation, Ednas Maternity Hospital, Fonkoze USA, Shining Hope, Women for Women, Aschiana Foundation, New Horizon Center for Children with Disabilities, Gerry's Food Pantry, Canine Angels, Secret Garden Tours (benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana), Friends of Ngong Road, and the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Further, our firm has given significant financial support and time to pro bono cases for indigent individuals. We have adopted a U.S. Paratrooper Unit stationed in Afghanistan to which we send regular packages and we participate in the ACP Advisornet program which is an online network of volunteer Advisors who commit to sharing their business expertise and advice with military veterans and their immediate family. We also support Angel's in Need whose mission it is to enrich the lives of Romanian children and families by supporting already existing programs and organizations as well as aiding in the development, implementation, and financial support of programs where they are non-existent. CKSM&M also seeks to support companies owned by women and minorities whenever possible.

Please scroll down to view our year 2021 monthly causes.

annual non-profit

2021: FRIENDS OF NGONG ROAD ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A YOUNG GIRL Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR), a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3), and Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA), a registered Kenya NGO, operate with the shared mission of providing education and support for impoverished Nairobi children whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

The devastation caused by HIV/AIDS in Kenya has left the country with approximately 1 million orphaned children and many more living with a surviving HIV+ parent. Children in this program all live in the slums of Dagoretti, Nairobi where the median household income is under two dollars per day. Approximately 50% of the children in the program are orphans and the other 50% live with a surviving HIV+ parent; 5% of children in the program are themselves HIV+. Without the opportunity provided by a high-quality education, these children would be sentenced to lives of continuing poverty and would be an economic drag on Kenyan society. Unfortunately, Kenya's public education system is not up to the task as it is woefully underfunded and inconsistent in quality. FoNR believes that placing at-risk children in high-performing private schools for primary education and public high schools gives them the best chance of success and will have a long-term positive ripple effect on Kenya, Africa and the world. To learn more, click HERE.
 
Also in February 2014, and continuing now in 2021, we began an annual sponsorship of a child with the ANGEL'S IN NEED organization whose mission is to serve children with special needs and their families both locally and abroad. Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children and families by supporting already existing programs and organizations devoted to our cause as well as aiding in the development, implementation and financial support of programs where they are non-existent, all in an attempt to provide the children with opportunity and a sense of community in which to blossom. Angel's in Need, Inc. operates on a strictly volunteer basis. We are a 100% volunteer, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information on ANGEL'S IN NEED or to make adonation, please click HERE.

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OCTOBER 2021:  DEAR DEANNDRA INC.

Dear Deanndra Inc., was inspired by the life of Deanndra Roach, sister of Executive Director, Davida Roach. She was murdered by her ex-boyfriend at the young age of 18, after she had the courage to leave the relationship. This organization was built to honor her memory and empower young women in their teenage years, and to educate them to avoid toxic relationships. Domestic Violence is a serious and silent killer and there is a strong need to spread awareness, which is why we host annual fundraiser events for their cause. 

Through our philanthropic efforts, public speaking, and community events, our goal is to end victimization for young girls and to develop a strong sense of self awareness. We hope to have your support in our efforts on this cause!

We remind our young women of Proverb 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future".

 

SEPTEMBER 2021:  HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA

The Humane Society of Louisiana is a private animal protection charity founded in New Orleans in 1988. As leaders in the fight against cruelty to animals, we work to prevent animal abuse and neglect in all its forms.

Our diverse programs are intended not only touch the lives of individual animals but to transform the state into a more compassionate place. We receive no government funding, and we rely solely on private contributions for support.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is the only local animal protection charity that speaks out for all animals of all kinds. We work to start and/or expand services and programs to help them.

This is vitally important work, because 50 % of our state’s parishes are without any kind of shelter or animal care services. When an animal is hit by a car most places in Louisiana, there is no agency to respond. When an animal is being neglected or abused, there is no one to help if the police don’t take action – and they often don’t. There are virtually no programs to help wildlife or other animals in need.

We’re working to change all that by making Louisiana’s communities kinder and more humane for everyone. Please join us as a donor, supporter or volunteer and help us make a profound difference for animals in need.    

 

AUGUST 2021: THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN ATTORNEYS - FOOD FROM THE BAR 2021 CAMPAIGN

The Association for Women Attorneys is excited to host the 10th Annual New Orleans Food from the Bar Campaign, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. Food from the Bar is the legal community’s response to child hunger across the country, in which local firms raise funds, donate food, and volunteer at local food banks.

Your support will help Second Harvest continue to respond to an increased need due to the COVID-19 disaster. Help us feed hungry families across South Louisiana this summer and beyond.

Make a gift!

 

JULY 2021: PABLOVE ACROSS AMERICA 2021 FOR SCOTT GALANTE CAMPAIGN

Late this summer, I'll join the Pablove Across America peloton as we fight childhood cancer with love, one pedal stroke at a time. Our journey this year will be through the roads and trails in beautiful Oregon. We'll no doubt encounter tough climbs and numerous challenges, but nothing we face will compare to the hardship kids living with cancer and their families endure every day.

Every dollar you give gets me closer to completing this ride and funding The Pablove Foundation's mission to improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts and invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research. We help kids with cancer live a love-filled life today, and a cancer-free life tomorrow.

To learn more about Pablove and get a better sense as to why I support this amazing organization, check out this short video here.

Just like adults, kids get cancer also, and it's up to people like you and me to make a difference. To help,

DONATE NOW:  https://give.pablove.org/give/f3084730/#!/donation/checkout

Or you can mail a check to:

The Pablove Foundation
6607 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

JUNE 2021:  LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY - MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR WALTER LEGER, JR. CAMPAIGN

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man & Woman of the Year.

I have joined a team that is driven to find cures for blood cancer. Our team is working to raise as much as possible over the next 10 weeks. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote for my team's candidate. The candidate whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of "Man or Woman of the Year". 

As you know, though, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

To donate please go to:  https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/msla/nola21/wleger  

 

MAY 2021: LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY - MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR WALTER LEGER, JR. CAMPAIGN

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man & Woman of the Year.

I have joined a team that is driven to find cures for blood cancer. Our team is working to raise as much as possible over the next 10 weeks. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote for my team's candidate. The candidate whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of "Man or Woman of the Year". 

As you know, though, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

To donate please go to:  https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/msla/nola21/wleger    

 

APRIL 2021:  A. C. LEWIS YMCA

The Y is a nonprofit, community service organization with a focus on strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y makes sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, religion or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. 

The A. C. Lewis YMCA is a mid-city branch that has been serving the community since 1963. The Y is more than a gym. We are an inclusive organization inspiring people of all ages, abilities and incomes to live healthier in spirit, mind and body. At the Y, we don’t just provide programs and services, we transform lives.  Give Now

 
MARCH 2021: BLIND CAT RESCUE & SANCTUARY, INC.
 

We are a lifetime care sanctuary for blind, FIV & Leukemia positive cats located in St. Pauls, North Carolina (USA).

In 2005, we built our first building as a safe place for blind cats who were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters and were going to be euthanized because they were blind. In 2011, we built a second shelter to provide a safe place for Leukemia positive (FELV+) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) cats who otherwise would be killed because they tested positive for these viruses.

At our cage free no-kill shelter in St. Paul’s NC, we are presently caring for 80+ cats whose age, medical condition, temperament or other special needs makes them even more precious in our eyes. 

 
FEBRUARY 2021:  MARY BIRD PERKINS CANCER CENTER
 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is Louisiana’s leading cancer care organization, caring for more patients each year than any other facility in the region. And with strategic hospital and physician partnerships, we are delivering on our mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer.

Mary Bird Perkins and its partners work together to provide state-of-the-art treatments and unparalleled collaborative, comprehensive cancer services. This culture of innovation helps attract the best cancer minds in the country, from expert physicians and highly specialized scientists to forward-thinking leaders in supportive care and other disciplines.

Together, with our hospital and physician partners, we are one-hundred percent focused on cancer care.

For 50 years, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has delivered with compassion and excellence the most advanced cancer care available. Our mission is to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through expert treatment, compassionate care, early detection, research and education.    Donate

 

JANUARY 2021:  NEW ORLEANS UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB FUNDRAISER

As we all know, soccer is an unfortunately expensive game to play in the United States. There are too many folks that seek to profit off our beautiful game. That is not our aim in starting New Orleans United FC. We want to bring you true community-based high-level soccer without any of the socioeconomic and cultural barriers you might find elsewhere.

That being said, starting a grassroots organization with the combined resources of two college students and two recent college graduates is a tall task. For this to succeed, we need the support of all New Orleanians, including financially. While other organizations derive their support from one wealthy benefactor or the competing interest of several benefactors, we would like to be supported by the community we want to serve. Being free from outside influences will help us be undeterred in our commitment to you, the city of New Orleans. 

We are aware that these are tough economic times for many of you, but New Orleans United FC would love to have your help in trying to establish itself. As we have put on our website, we are committed to transparency at all levels. To make good on our promise to you, we have published all of the expenses with which we need help paying for on our Go Fund Me page. 

We hope that you will join and support us in our exciting project.

Donate now

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