Spotlight on BLBB Community Service and Giving in 2018
True philanthropy involves more than just a financial investment—it involves “showing up” for causes we care about, through volunteering and community service in addition to monetary donations. The employees of BLB&B Advisors demonstrated a strong sense of service to nonprofit organizations throughout 2018, and BLBB Charitable reinforced that philanthropic spirit through its Matching Gift and Volunteer & Board Service Incentive programs. Despite the rigors of professional and family life, BLB&B employees make the time to volunteer in their communities, lending their time and talent free of charge to charitable causes. Those employees who serve on a standing committee or board of a nonprofit organization, or who devote more than 50 hours a year to volunteer service to a nonprofit, can apply for Service grants to benefit those organizations, ranging from $1000 to $5000 per year.
In 2018, BLBB Charitable granted $45,500 to nonprofit organizations through the Volunteer & Board Service Incentive program, reflecting BLBB Charitable’s commitment to encouraging those volunteer efforts. The firm’s employees also make personal donations to charitable causes throughout the year, and through the Matching Gift program, employees can apply for a 2:1 match for donations they have made to nonprofit organizations, with a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $5000.
BLBB Charitable proudly distributed more than $58,000 in grant dollars to nonprofit organizations as a result of Matching Gift requests in 2018, increasing the impact of BLB&B employees’ personal giving for the benefit of worthy causes! These giving programs supplement the grantmaking priorities of BLBB Charitable, dedicated to supporting initiatives that help people discover their true and full potential through educational and leadership opportunities.
BLBB Charitable proudly funded a partnership between two of its grantees, Williamson College of the Trades and Philadelphia Outward Bound School, in a day of team-building and leadership development on the Outward Bound ropes course for more than 100 incoming Williamson first-year students. The experience was so successful that Williamson plans to bring first-year students back for years to come! BLBB Charitable is delighted to support these wonderful nonprofit organizations as they deliver high-quality services together!
“Williamson College of the Trades was looking for a partner to expand its student experiential leadership program. Outward Bound provided an exceptional, well organized, and safe experience that challenged our students individually while creating bonds of friendship and teamwork that will last long after our students graduate. The Outward Bound staff was extremely friendly, engaged, and professional in all aspects of the program. They developed a quick rapport with each student guiding them through challenges that not only provided a vehicle to learn more about themselves, but also their fellow student. Our Outward Bound experience was a tremendous success and we hope an integral part of our student leadership program for years to come.”
-Todd Zachary, Ed.D, Senior VP and Chief of Staff
Williamson College of the Trades
Travis Manion Foundation’s 911 Heroes Run
For its second year, BLBB Charitable sponsored the Travis Manion Foundation’s 911 Heroes Run in Doylestown, PA. The Travis Manion Foundation supports veterans services and leadership development efforts throughout the country and the world. John
Lawton of BLBB offered these words before a crowd of approximately 2000 people at the Opening Ceremonies:
“I’m John Lawton, and I’m proud that BLBB Charitable is sponsoring the Heroes Run yet again this year. BLBB Charitable is the giving arm of BLB&B Advisors, and we support educational and leadership opportunities run by great nonprofits like the Travis Manion Foundation. We don’t just support the Manion Foundation when it’s race time—we also support TMF through multi-year grant funding to help them build their operational capacity and deliver their services to veterans and their families at the highest level possible. I’m an Army veteran myself, and for years I have been an ambassador for the Character does Matter program run by the Travis Manion Foundation. We at BLBB Charitable believe strongly in the work TMF does to advance education, leadership, competence and character, and we are honored to be here as both supporters and runners. I want to personally thank Ryan Manion and the whole TMF team of staff and volunteers for putting together an awesome event once again this year. Hope everyone has a great run today – thanks!” -John T. Lawton, Vice President, BLBB Charitable
Bucks County Theater Choral Program, Doylestown, PA
Bucks County Choral Society’s Fall concert series will be supported by BLBB Charitable in 2019, 2020, and 2021. This year’s Fall concert was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown, PA at 4 PM on November 3rd, 2019, featuring Brahms’ Requiem.
Bucks County Theater Expansion Project
BLBB Charitable values the educational power of the arts, and we are proud to be supporting the nonprofit County Theater in Doylestown, PA, in a major expansion project. BLB&B Advisors has had a long history of supporting the County’s sister theater, the Ambler Theater in Montgomery County, also a treasured nonprofit in our region. With the newly expanded space, the County Theater will be able to offer more educational lectures, films, and community events, furthering its mission and its scope for generations to come.
Girls on the Run 5K!
BLBB Charitable is proud to support Girls on the Run of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, and we will be participating in the organization’s Annual 5K event on May 18th, 2019, at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA.
To accommodate increasing demand and interest in its girls athletic, educational and leadership programming, GOTR has added a second 5K event in the same day, so there will be both morning and afternoon options for those participating.
To learn more about this exciting community event, visit https://www.gotrpa.org.