Activating the Value of Service
November 15, 2015
“Public service is in our law firm’s DNA,” says John Wolf, a principal at Ober|Kaler. “As part of our 100th anniversary in 2003, we decided to build on our pro bono legal work and make a concerted effort to become more active in community organizations—particularly in Baltimore, where most of our people are located.” He joined the board of Business Volunteers Maryland, where he met BCF President and CEO Tom Wilcox and became acquainted with BCF.
As a result, Ober|Kaler has become a steadfast supporter of BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund, which today focuses on improving education and neighborhoods.
“A lot of Ober’s volunteer efforts are aimed specifically toward children,” observes Darlene Davis, also a principal with Ober|Kaler. “BCF’s Fund is aligned with our civic objectives, including support for Judy Centers and educational programs. BCF brings contributions together with skills and contacts that make everything we do more effective. When we make a contribution through BCF, it has greater impact.”
Ober|Kaler encourages leadership and supports community engagement. Its attorneys and staff deliver food to the hungry, nurture aspiring artists, encourage children to become active through athletics, and teach adults to read. They hold leadership positions with civic and municipal organizations and serve on state task forces and commissions. Through membership on various boards, they provide governance and direction to organizations whose missions benefit others.
“We think it’s the right thing to do,” says Wolf simply, “and BCF provides a better, more holistic view of Baltimore’s needs and opportunities so our efforts produce positive results.”
At BCF, we have lots of options for your giving, and we can help you create a plan that fits your unique situation. Explore at bcf.org/giving, or contact us for a confidential consultation.