What We’ve Learned from Our Partners in Philanthropy in 2019

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Charity Spotlight

The Partners in Philanthropy Program (PIP) continues to increase our awareness of the amount of charitable work occurring among so many financial advisors. Awareness fuels progress for most charities, so helping spread the word about our advisors’ philanthropic passions is the purpose of PIP.

Here is a little of what we’ve learned this year from our Partners in Philanthropy Program.

Currently, there are over 2 million people enslaved in 20,000 brickyards in Pakistan. Over half of the slaves are children, most of which are undocumented and have no protection under Pakistani law.

Todd Homer, founder and wealth advisor for Integrity Wealth Advisors, wants to share what is happening in Pakistan and about All People Free, a non-profit committed to eradicating slavery in Pakistan within ten years.

While Pakistan may seem a world away, you can take a one-stop flight today and arrive tomorrow. Like the Underground Railroad, All People Free is working to free the slaves with a multipronged approach.  

You can learn more about systemic slavery in Pakistan and the plan to stop it here.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) afflicts 20% of Iraqi War veterans.

“My son was a first gunner responsible for leading convoys from Kuwait to Iraq where they would tear down camps and bring everything back to Kuwait. When he came home with PTSS, we did not know how to help him. We had never been to war. I didn’t know what to say, what to do, or where to turn.” – Julie Rothmeier, Strategic Wealth Partners

A committed Rotarian who believes in “Service above Self,” Rothmeier identified the need for more accessible support services for veterans with PTSS.  She created the March for Veterans event to recognize and celebrate veterans, educate her community about PTSS, and raise money for different organizations focused on helping veterans.

This year Rothmeier earned honorable mention for the Volunteer of the Year Award from Invest in Others. You can read more about her volunteer work for veterans here.

Hospital foundations are much needed and valued partners of rural hospitals.

 “When you live on a peninsula, as we do, having access to life-saving health care is critical. It can take hours for us to get to Seattle from the North Olympic Peninsula and when you have aging parents or a newborn baby in critical care, you don’t want to be commuting several hours each day back and forth to the city.”- Casi Fors, Fors Financial

Since 2002, Fors has been an active volunteer for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation (OMCF). She has served on their board of directors since 2002, was president of the board in 2007, and has co-chaired several of their annual events, including Hog Wild – A Night of Games, Suds, and Grub this year.

With over 1,000 volunteers, OMCF has raised over $7 million for Olympic Medical Center, a rural community health care provider serving the residents of Clallam County, Washington since 1984. You can read more about the impact OMCF is making here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the charities your colleagues’ support and the work that’s happening to improve lives near home, across the country, and around the world.

Propel your charitable passion and purpose by sharing the story of your charity. Sign-up now for Partners in Philanthropy so we can shine a spotlight on your efforts in 2020.