Firms are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and rallying their own troops to raise donations for earthquake-torn Haiti.
We reached out to a few to see if they’d share what they were doing.
What they're doing, after the jump.
Check out this Wall Street Journal page on where and how to donate, the easiest of which seems to be texting the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross, or 501501 to be billed a five-buck contribution to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti organization.
If you're a due-diligence sort, check out Charity Navigator's Haiti page, which lists a number of well-known charities and provides background information, including how much of your donation goes to relief work, how much the CEO makes, and more.
Skadden is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross, $25,000 to Doctors Without Borders, and will match up to $50,000 in employee contributions.
The Paul Hastings Cares Foundation made a $100,000 donation to Doctors Without Borders – Haiti Earthquake Response.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Foundation is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and Grace House of Hope orphanage. Located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Grace House includes two orphanages, which had housed 70 girls but have been rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake.
Cooley Godward Kronish attorneys and staff will make a minimum aggregate donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund through a firmwide matching program.
Orrick's Community Responsibility Committee has approved a firm match for up to $75,000 for personal donations made to Action Against Hunger by Orrick lawyers and staff. Action Against Hunger was founded by Orrick partner Burton Haimes.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation is matching employee contributions up to a total of $10,000. (Update 1: MoFo is upping its employee match to $25K because the firm has seen so much enthusiasm.)
Update 2: Pillsbury is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
At O’Melveny, the peer pressure is on: Employees can wear jeans to work in exchange for making a donation of any amount toward the earthquake victims in Haiti.
Bingham McCutchen emails that the firm has started a fundraising campaign aiming to collect more than $125,000.
Nixon Peabody and Reed Smith said fundraising is under way, but didn’t offer specifics.
At Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Jerry Roth said in a statement that they are collecting donations, planning blood drives and coordinating with the Union of International Lawyers, which he co-chairs, and the American Bar Association to assist the Haitian bar in reestablishing a functioning legal system.
Let us know what your firm is doing, and we'll update.
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