Swansea-based independent wealth management firm Archford Capital Strategies donated $43,500 to local charities through its fourth annual Archford Angels campaign.
Archford Angels is a company wide philanthropic initiative in which each Archford team member receives a $1,000 grant to partner with a local charity of their choice and work on a project. The Archford employees then compete among one another for first-, second- and third- place prizes of additional grants of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 to the winning charities. They also hold an online competition for an extra $1,000 grant for the charity with the most votes. This year’s winners chosen by the Archford advisory board are:
• First place: Amanda White partnered with Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, which received the $10,000 grant (below, shown in top photo with Jim Maher)
• Second place: Jennifer Boyer partnered with Belleville Summer Sack Lunch Program/Zion Lutheran Church, which received the $5,000 grant (below, shown in center photo)
• Third place: Jacob Hong partnered with Basket of Hope, which received the $2,500 grant (below, shown in bottom photo)
• Online Voting Competition Winner: Kim Noltkamper partnered with 42 Foundation, which received an additional $1,000 grant
Since the program’s inception in 2017, a cumulative total of $661,100 in monetary donations, gifts and grants have been given to charities throughout the region.
“It is so inspiring to see the talented members of our team engage with local nonprofits driving impactful change and sustainable programs. Now more than ever, nonprofits need us to rally for them and support their missions. This year, we added donation links for each participating nonprofit on our Archford Angels web page so that others outside of our organization could easily contribute to the charities as well,” said Jim Maher, CEO and founder of Archford Capital Strategies. “We are very proud of this program and are so excited for it to begin its 5th year come 2021.”
Since this year was unlike any other and was more difficult to work in-person with the charities due to COVID-19, the Archford advisory board decided to create the Archford Community Advocate Award. This award acknowledges team members who truly excelled in personal development with their partnered charities.
Two Archford Angels were nominated to receive the award: Jennifer Boyer and Brendan Skinner. Brendan partnered with the Belleville Area Humane Society. Both of them received $1,000 salary bonuses.
To learn more about the Archford Angels program or to download the free campaign guide to implement the philanthropic model into your business, visit: https://archfordcapital.com/archford-angels-2020/.
Archford offers a wide range of financial services to clients, including wealth management, retirement planning, business consulting, data management and philanthropic services. In 2019, the firm acquired Deck & Co and Tragesser & Associates PC to launch Archford Accounting with offices in Swansea and Edwardsville.