"At BrownFlynn, we consider our community engagement efforts as giving time, talent and treasure. This side of our business is very important to our history and culture - it is part of who we are. By focusing our philanthropy, volunteerism and pro bono time on the 3Ps - people, planet and profit - it is one more way we can foster sustainability."
- Melissa Wicinski, Community Engagement Team Leader
We believe the more we help others, the more we will enjoy the rewards of being part of a prosperous community. In 2008 and 2009, we continued our legacy of giving back to the people and places that contribute to our success.
Community engagement and outreach has been at the core of BrownFlynn's business since its inception in 1996. Our team members fulfill our vision of "doing well by doing good" by donating personal and professional time to initiatives that they, and we, care about. We provide financial support to select non-profits in our community and also contribute in-kind services to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals.
In the coming year, our newly formed Community Engagement Team will develop a formal policy for employee volunteering, pro bono services and corporate philanthropy, including metrics for tracking the impacts of these efforts.
To celebrate significant milestones, BrownFlynn hosts community-focused programs and events. In 2009, the Community Engagement Team begins planning our 15-year anniversary program to continue this tradition.
The BrownFlynn Book Club (2001-2005): To celebrate our five-year anniversary, BrownFlynn worked with corporate sponsors to purchase curriculum-based books for inner-city elementary schools.
Circle of Ten: In 2006, we celebrated BrownFlynn's 10th anniversary with an innovative program aimed at raising the collective philanthropic consciousness of non-profit organizations, donors and volunteers throughout Northeast Ohio. To advance this cause, BrownFlynn solicited non-profits in Cuyahoga County to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) focused on creative approaches to reaching the next generation of supporters. We selected 10 nonprofits to be part of our "Circle of Ten", and donated BrownFlynn's pro bono services to the organizations for the following eight months. The winner - Nature Center at Shaker Lakes - received a $10,000 grant as well as $10,000 worth of in-kind services from BrownFlynn.
BrownFlynn partnered with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, www.cleveland.com, Glazen Creative Studios, Corporate College, SCK Design, the Cleveland Foundation, and justgive.org to make Circle of Ten a success.
Team Volunteer Project
In fall 2008, BrownFlynn staff left the office for an afternoon of volunteering at MedWish International. MedWish recovers donated medical supplies that local healthcare providers would otherwise discard and ships them to medical care professionals in developing countries. The MedWish program not only benefits those in need of quality medical care around the world, but it also reduces the amount of waste that local hospitals send to landfills. Sorting through packaged catheters, bandages and scrubs, the BrownFlynn team prepared recently donated supplies to ship from the MedWish warehouse in Cleveland to hospitals abroad.