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Support DSM Nonprofits in Times of Need

DSM Charity Challenges

July 28, 2020

In the past few months, we’ve seen the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities around the world. This pandemic has not only impacted the physical health but also the financial well-being of so many. One sector where we’ve witnessed the greatest need is our nonprofit community, one that already relies heavily on the generosity of organizations and individuals.

Nonprofit Charity Challenge

Prior to the pandemic, our firm held our first Charity Challenge on social media. We asked our followers on Facebook and LinkedIn to mention the nonprofit of their choice, and the nonprofit with the most mentions by the end of the challenge time frame would receive a donation of $3,000 from us.

As the pandemic progressed, we heard from many of our followers, clients and friends about such wonderful organizations who needed additional support in order to continue serving their constituents. In the end, we increased our donation to $7,500 and shared it among three nonprofits in the Greater Des Moines (DSM) community: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Central Iowa FCA and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.

But we realized there was more we could do and more we wanted to do.

Philanthropy is one of our core values at McGill Junge. We believe a thriving community where everyone is supported benefits all of us. That’s why we decided to take our Charity Challenge and turn it into a series to continue to provide for nonprofits in DSM and across Iowa during these difficult times.

Since our decision to extend the Charity Challenges in April, our clients and followers have helped us raise more than $35,000 for Orchard Place, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Food Bank of Iowa. We also were excited to donate 500 lunches from In the Bag to healthcare workers at UnityPoint Health and Blank Children’s Hospital on June 29, also National Hug Holiday Day. In lieu of being able to give essential workers thank-you hugs on this special day, we chose to treat workers to lunch from one of the best local catering companies in town.

And we’re not done yet.

For our next Charity Challenge, we’ll be working with Will Keeps, DSM rapper and community organizer, and Starts Right Here.

We know many are facing hardships right now. But, if you can, we encourage you to find ways to support nonprofits, which are encountering increased demand of their services with strains on resources. DSM has a directory of nonprofit and charitable partners, all of which provide crucial services and support for those who need it most in our community. No matter what you give — your time, talent or treasure — it can go a long way in providing for others.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

Ed McGill and Ross Junge

Ed McGill and Ross Junge are Co-Founders and Partners at McGill Junge Wealth Management.