This is one of Walthall’s core values. In fact, our firm was built on the importance of ensuring our communities are good places to live and work. We recognize the importance of corporate citizenship and have adopted policies and programs that mirror this premise.
Walthall has a solid nonprofit practice that provides discounted services to clients. The firm also supports many of its clients and their missions. We encourage team members to join nonprofit organizations and boards. In addition, Walthall annually gives thousands of dollars in donations, sponsorships, items, and event attendance to nonprofit organizations.
The firm has nine partners who hold 19 leadership positions on various boards and committees. More than 60 percent of our staff, supervisor through principal, sit on at least one board or committee.
This firmwide program encourages employees to volunteer their time by participating in charitable activities (firm organized or otherwise) during normal work hours. Employees receive eight hours a year to “give back” to the community to participate in activities such as preparing and serving dinners for the grief groups at the Cornerstone of Hope, work the Salvation Army Fresh Food Giveaway, or help sort food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Holiday giving program
Each office in the firm chooses a service project each holiday season, such as donating and sorting items and decorating for the holiday party at Crossroads Men’s Crisis Shelter; collecting for the Salvation Army; donating time and money to the St. Gabriel Food Pantry; or donating items and money to The Blessing House.
Dress down dollar days
Walthall holds “dress down dollar days” in which staff can wear jeans on Fridays to collect money for a different charity each quarter.
Employees submit charities to be recipients, then the entire firm votes on four charities for the year to receive the money collected (one per quarter). Recipients include Awesome Heroes, Wounded Warriors, Lupus Foundation, National MS Society, ASPCA, International Retts Syndrome Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, USO, Cornerstone of Hope, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, the Huntington Disease Society, Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, and more! In addition, we hold bonus dress down dollar days throughout the year for events such as the American Heart Association Wear Red day!
Walthall gives thousands of dollars in donations, sponsorships, discounted work, and items to nonprofit organizations, including The City Mission, People Beating Cancer, American
Heart Association, Arc of Greater Cleveland, Lorain County Free Clinic, Good Samaritan Hunger Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, local chambers of commerce, and many more!
Each office is also proud to collect for the Ronald McDonald House Pull Tabs program!
For years, we have proudly supported accounting scholarships at Kent State University and Cleveland State University. As many of our employees are CSU alumni, we went a step further in 2016 and established the Walthall Endowed Accounting Scholarship at CSU.
Charitable events and activities
Our employees attend and participate in a number of charitable events throughout the year to support our clients and communities. We are regulars at events such as the Summer Scurry, the Cornerstone of Hope Gala, the American Cancer Society’s Lifesavers Ball, the American Heart Association’s Lorain County Heart Walk and the Heart and Stroke Ball, along with several other events.
Walthall Steward of the Year
In 2016, Walthall gave its first Steward of the Year award to the employee who exemplified our Giving Back, Looking Forward initiative. Our winner was Victor Szerpicki, who earned an extra four hours of company time to spend on charitable activities. The firm also made a donation in his honor to the charity of his choice. Victor gave freely by way of volunteer work, attendence at charitable events, and donating money and items to various nonprofits. We are very proud of the example he set.
Partner Dick Cause and his wife, Nancy, were named Fairview Park Citizens of the Year in recognition for all of their service. We are very proud of them!
Partner Judy Mondry was features in Cleveland Business Connects Magazine for her (and the firm’s) philanthropic efforts – “Live to Give”