In keeping with its mission of bridging the people of Holland & Hart with clients, friends and members of the communities in which we live and work, the Holland & Hart Foundation oversees a number of firm-wide initiatives that benefit people and organizations across our Mountain West footprint.
2016 Non-Profit Fair: On October 11, 2016, the Denver office hosted its second HHF Nonprofit Fair. The goal of the Non-Profit Fair is to raise awareness about the needs and opportunities of non-profits in our community with ties to members of our firm. This year, 21 local non-profits set up shop for four hours in the bright, beautiful 32nd floor lounge and their representatives provided information about the organization and opportunities to get involved. Members of the Denver office enjoyed the chance to grab a bite to eat and wander throughout the fair.
In 2011, more than 65 organizations in nine offices participated in our first Nonprofit Fair, providing tremendous opportunity for individuals to help strengthen our ties to the organizations with which we have already fostered meaningful relationships.
Partnership Retreat – Peace Garden Project: A small but dedicated team of the firm’s partners, along with Sam and Jean Guydon, spent a warm September afternoon weeding, planting, and maintaining the Troy Chavez Memorial Peace Garden in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood.
Stern Family Summer Project:The Stern Family Summer Project, now in its 10th year, is made possible by the generous support of long-time Holland & Hart client and Holland & Hart Foundation donor, the Stern family. This project encourages the daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren of attorneys and staff at Holland & Hart to learn about the value of philanthropy and volunteerism from an early age, and also helps benefit the organizations that are selected by the kids who participate.
To participate, a child needs to volunteer or (if too young to volunteer) to visit an organization of that child’s choosing. After volunteering or visiting, the child has to write a letter or submit a drawing to the Holland & Hart Foundation telling us about the experience. A donation is then made directly from the Holland & Hart Foundation to the organization in the name of the child.
This year, 25 children ranging in age from 5 to age 17 with connections to the firm’s Cheyenne, Denver, Denver Tech Center, and Salt Lake City offices volunteered or visited an organization of their choice, and $2,400 was donated to 15 different organizations on behalf of the Stern Family.
Click here to see pictures, drawings, and letters from the 2016 Stern Family Summer Project participants.
In this ninth year of the project, 37 children from the firm’s Boise, Cheyenne, Denver, Denver Tech Center, Jackson, Reno, and Salt Lake City offices volunteered or visited an organization of their choice and shared their experience in a letter or a drawing. $3,700 was donated to 20 organizations on behalf of the Stern Family.
Click here to see pictures, drawings, and letters from the 2015 Stern Family Summer Project participants.
Click here to see pictures, drawings and letters from the 2014 Stern Family Summer Project participants.
Annual Food Drive: For more than 25 years, the Holland & Hart Foundation has coordinated a massive effort across the firm's footprint to gather donations of money, food, and other necessities as part of the firm wide food drive. Collection efforts that begin each year in the late result in thousands of pounds of food being donated to people and families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
To encourage participation, several years ago we launched an office-wide competition awarding the coveted “Golden Can” to the office or floor that collects the most pounds per person in food or cash.
This year we divided the firm’s offices and floors into three categories: small, medium, and large. As a firm, we collected 29,257 pounds of food. The three Golden Can winners in 2015 are:
- Small Office – Carson City, 210 pounds per person (ppp)
- Medium Office – 28th Floor in Denver, 76 ppp
- Large Office – Las Vegas, 58 ppp
A few examples of the friendly competitive efforts to drum up donations:
Lawyers in the Classroom: Lawyers in the Classroom is a program was founded by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) where attorneys volunteer in primarily lower-income elementary and middle school classrooms and teach students about basic aspects of our country's laws and constitutional rights. The curriculum is has been developed by CRFC over the past 20+ years and includes lesson plans such as aliens gaining control over the United States and requiring that all citizens vote to determine which 5 of the 10 enumerated rights within the Bill of Rights they want to retain. The lesson plans are designed to encourage the students to engage in thought and discussions amongst themselves as well as form the basis of a dialogue to be held between the students and the volunteering attorneys.
To facilitate the program, the Holland & Hart Foundation has partnered with a local non-profit, Center for Education in Law & Democracy (CELD), to coordinate with Denver Public Schools and identify classes for participation. The volunteer attorneys team up in groups of two or three and make three classroom visits during a semester. Lawyers in the Classroom offers participating attorneys and the Holland & Hart Foundation the opportunity to make a real impact on a significant number of local schoolchildren in Denver, where the public high school graduation rate has historically hovered around 50 percent.
In 2015, 56 H&H attorneys volunteered in 24 Denver Public Schools' fifth grade classrooms, making it the largest installment of the program at H&H to date!
Holiday Projects: We support many projects and activities throughout our community during the holidays to help those less fortunate. Just some of our deeds include:
- Denver’s Craft Fairs and Bake sales to benefit The Lennox House senior residence
- Helping families in need through Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Student programs in many offices, including Washington, D.C., Aspen, Reno, and Colorado Springs
- Giving Tree programs in Salt Lake City and Denver
- Festival of Trees in the Billings office
- I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County
- Chili community “thanksgiving” dinner at Jackson Hole High School
- Children of Mine Center annual holiday party sponsored by Washington, D.C. office
Billings Office “Cavity-Inducing” Christmas Tree
Salt Lake Giving Tree Stockings
Ice Skating at the Children of Mine annual holiday party in Washington, D.C.
Mississippi Project: Eleven years ago, Louise Artibello,
a secretary at Holland & Hart, was listening to NPR when she heard a story that moved her to action. The story was about "LaLee's Kin," a documentary film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles, shot in West Tallahatchie, Mississippi, that profiled Laura
Lee Wallace, who was raising her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in the West Tallahatchie School District, the poorest school district in the nation at the time. Artibello spread the word to the attorneys and staff of Holland & Hart and its foundation, who were moved to act. After an initial in-person donation of books, school supplies, clothes and other items, the firm committed to a ten-year scholarship program to recognize each year one exceptional student, one exceptional teacher and one exceptional teacher's assistant. After 10 years, the Board of Directors voted to extend the program.
2016 recipients: Justin Miller, who was awarded the Promise Scholarship, Meloney Beasley, who received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and Beulah Washington, who received the Outstanding Assistant Teacher of the Year Award.
2015 recipients: Courtney Lee, who was awarded the Promise Scholarship, Linda Johnson, who received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and Sheila Outlaw, who received the Outstanding Assistant Teacher of the Year Award.