By now you know how passionate we are about professional service, but we’re just as passionate about community service. We encourage our employees to be actively involved in the community. Here are some of the causes and nonprofits we care deeply about.
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
"ALS is a disease that is near to our hearts. We have supported our own ABD employee and family members suffer from this terrible disease. It is our goal that in supporting ALS we can help change the outcome of this disease for those in the future who become diagnosed." – Andrea Trudeau
The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
"Over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, affecting the lives of another 10 million caregivers. The demographic tsunami carrying our country towards 16 million sufferers and countless dollars spent caring for them will change the course of healthcare in our country in a disastrous way. The end to Alzheimer’s and its devastation starts with me." – Peter Daly
In 2002, Advanced Professionals created a Relay For Life team to help raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. The overnight run/walk events have become one of our favorite ways to give back.
"Relay For Life is a life-changing event. Our team has hosted many events to bring clients, friends, and family together for one cause. It is truly amazing how many lives cancer touches. At Relay, we feel we are making a difference and helping others gain hope for a cure." – Andrea Trudeau
The mission of California CASA Association is to ensure abused and neglected children have both a voice and the services they need for a stable future. We meet this goal by working on a state-wide level, actively supporting the network of local CASA programs throughout California and advocating for progressive, child-centered child welfare policy.
"I was involved in a voluntary board capacity with California CASA for many years, still remaining active in a volunteer capacity after having termed out of office, and prior to that at one of the 43+ local CASA programs who advocate for the best interests of children who are dependents of the Juvenile Courts in their respective counties , helping to ensure they have a chance to live in a safe and permanent home." - Denis Loiseau
Caminar was built on a commitment to improve community based support services and opportunities for people with disabilities to live and work in the community.
"One of San Mateo County’s most exemplary non-profits is Caminar, a nationally known organization that helps individuals with mental illness find the help and support they need, and to live happier, more productive lives. I have been proud to work with Caminar over the last three years, including as a sponsor of their annual gala fundraiser, as my wife Mary Kay and I believe that as a society we must all work to eliminate the stigma that is associated with mental illness. Caminar helps their clients live with dignity – something we should all expect, regardless of circumstance or disability." - Steve Leveroni
The Capuchin Franciscans commit to lives of service through ministries in hospitals, prisons, schools, churches, and missions.
"The model of humility and service that the Capuchin Franciscan brothers display is one I aspire to emulate in delivering professional services in the marketplace." - Kurt de Grosz
Through a broad range of support and services, Catholic Charities help people escape poverty and overcome the many barriers to self-sufficiency.
"Cathollic Charities of Santa Clara County has been serving our community for over 50 years, and Advanced Professionals joined to support them many years ago to help make a difference for families locally." - Andrea Trudeau
Edgewood helps children and families overcome some of life's toughest challenges like abuse, neglect, mental illness, and family crisis.
"Edgewood helps children who have suffered in the most heartbreaking ways… giving them a new sense of hope for a brighter future, filled with safety and love. I have been incredibly moved with my time spent at Edgewood." – Jill Hetherington
Hamilton Family Center was established in 1985 and has become one of the largest providers of shelter, eviction prevention assistance, rapid re-housing, youth programming, and support services to homeless families in San Francisco. We focus on four main areas of service.
"Simply put, the Hamilton Family Centers break the cycle of homelessness for struggling families through support and shelter.
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be successful in business and in life have a responsibility to give back to organizations that are focused on making life better for individuals and families in need, and helping to find ways to make sure everyone has a safe, home environment. That's why I'm pleased to support Hamilton Family Centers. It's all part of 'playing it forward' to the betterment of our communities, and ultimately, our collective futures." – Steve Leveroni
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), created in 1997 by Bruce Basso, enriches communities by calling on the collective strengths of the insurance industry. Companies, employees and their families are able to volunteer on projects together.
"The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) impressively combines the collective strengths of the industry – and its many diverse constituents – to help communities everywhere. IICF enriches the lives not only of its beneficiaries but also of its benefactors and volunteers. It is a model of collaborative leadership and the week of giving is a special success. ABD enthusiastically supports IICF and looks forward to a long term and growing liaison." – Amy Steadman
Italian Community Services (ICS) has been serving the Bay Area Italian-American community for nearly a century. But there is so much more to do! Our tagline, “Preserving Our Culture, Serving Our Community” sums up our mission, and sets the stage for engagement of our supporters, from young to old, from urban to suburban, from first-, second-, third- and even fifth and sixth generation Italian Americans, and those who are "Italian at heart."
"Founded in 1918, this Italian-influenced charity has been a staple of the North Beach community and its kids. Promoting physical activity and sharp mental skills, the club is a constant reminder that young ideals stand tall as ever." - Steve Leveroni
Since 1980 the Make-A-Wish foundation has made the impossible possible for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"Diane and I love Make A Wish, It's all about the kids and making wishes come true! The extraordinary management team is lean and the donations really go to the children." – Mike Vreeburg
Founded in 1981 by Louise Benson, Martha's Kitchen serves 250,000 meals a year to many non-profit organizations in Santa Clara County.
"Advanced Professionals has been delighted to help this "little" kitchen reach the hungry in our community." – Andrea Trudeau
For more than 150 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has been helping kids and enriching communities.
"The Mission YMCA is amazing. They have the largest geographic footprint and the smallest facility in San Francisco. Their community outreach programs touch hundreds of families in the Mission community that need it most." – Brian Hetherington
Operation Homefront doesn’t just support our troops; it also supports their families by providing car repairs, essential home items and repairs, financial assistance and planning, moving assistance and food assistance to those here on the home front. They also provide support for care takers of our wounded warriors, help with getting homes for veterans and their families and transitional training for our veterans transitioning to civilian life. Being part of a military family is hard and financially taxing so Operation Homefront also make sure that there are homecoming celebrations, baby showers for expectant or new parents, nights out for spouses of the deployed, backpacks for school, Easter baskets, holiday meals and holiday toys for the military children.
"I love this organization because it supports the whole military family who all make sacrifices for our country’s freedom and safety." – Christy Tuminia
PurpleStride events raise awareness about the critical mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and give local residents the opportunity to help make strides toward a better future. The events also contribute millions of dollars toward our mission to advance research, support patients and create hope. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding.
Many people are not aware that Pancreatic Cancer is one of the 5 Deadliest Cancers and that only 6% of those unfortunate folks diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer survive beyond 5 years, most die within months of diagnosis. There are no early detection methods and very limited treatment options. Given all of these horrible statistics you would think that it the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would be allocating a significant % of funds for research of this type of cancer however on 2% of the NCI budget is allocated to this leading killer. Why did I get involved in this cancer? Well, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006 and I am grateful to say that she is a living miracle and has survived the odds. In those 8 years she has been fortunate to have survived however, in the meantime, many thousands have passed away from this terrible disease including my friend with whom I graduated from high school who was diagnosed in December and died 2 months later. He was only 42 years old. I encourage you to get involved and learn more about this cancer and support some upcoming events. Personally, I am looking forward to a local event that will be held in San Jose on 11/8/2014. – Robin Hedden
For more than six decades, Peninsula Family Service has strengthened communities by providing the individualized tools our neighbors need to thrive. They help children reach their full potential, show families the way to financial stability, and ensure our aging population stays healthy and independent. Nonprofit site
"Peninsula Family Service strengthens the social and economic fabric of our community by expanding opportunities for education, financial security, and living with dignity. What makes Peninsula Family Service so special is that it helps families during multiple stages of life through its child development and education, financial empowerment services, and older adult programs." – Kurt de Grosz
PHS/SPCA, a private non-profit guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals.
"PHS & SPCA is near and dear to my heart. They save hundreds of animals each year, both domestic and wild. I have participated in their Annual Mutt Strutt walk for the past several year helping to raise money for all of the animals in need. In addition to the much needed medical care services they provide, PHS also provides many services such as Spay & Neuter clinic, animal training, mobile adoption, behavior hotline and the list goes on." - Cristina Varner
Founded in 1973, this nationwide organization is dedicated to helping neighbors in need. Today, Rebuilding Together revitalizes communities from 955 cities and towns across the United States.
"Rebuilding Together has the unique ability to stretch the dollar further than any other non-profit I have seen. One dollar of donation turns into several dollars of results in one of the most precious possessions for the underserved community - their home." – Brian Hetherington
The mission of the Redwood City, San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce is to promote economic prosperity for our community through business representation and advocacy with emphasis on information,communication and education.
"I was Chief Ambassador of the Redwood City Chamber for a couple of years. A well run Chamber brings the business community together…it's commerce!" – Mike Vreeburg
The Salesian Boys' Club was established in San Francisco in 1918 by Fr. Oreste Trincheri. Father came to the North Beach area of San Francisco and found that its atmosphere spawned 60% of the city's delinquency. He realized that the volatile, creative Italian character of the boys that made up the area must have outlets for their energies. The Salesian Boys' Club was the answer.
"The Salesian Boys and Girls Club is an example of how private philanthropy, combined with faith-based resources, can make a difference in the lives of boys and girls during their formative years. As a former basketball coach, the club's emphasis on after-school programs and athletics helps the kids grow into responsible young adults, prepared for college and for life." – Steve Leveroni
Dedicated to saving lives by helping find a cure for cancer in memory of NC St. Univ. Basketball Coach, Jim Valvano.
"Don't give up; Don't ever give up!" – Jimmy Valvano. Long a staple on the NCAA basketball sideline, Jimmy V's The V Foundation is making a difference when it comes to cancer.
"Backed by a very dedicated group of individuals, V is fighting cancer with ferocity." – Erik Stenson
Wounded Warrior Project
Since 1967, the Woodminster Summer Musicals have brought the best of American Musical Theater to audiences in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Three diverse musicals are presented each summer by Producers Associates, Inc., an Oakland nonprofit that has employed local artists and delighted local audiences for nearly 50 years. The organization is committed to keeping live theater affordable for average families through relatively low ticket prices as well as special programs including Kids Come Free, which provides free tickets to children and teens who attend with adults. Large productions provide artistic opportunities for both professionals and those who aspire to be, and the shows average over a thousand audience members per performance.
"Our story is in the people -- the third-generation season ticket holders, the families who can afford to come because we give their kids free tickets, the young actors who perform with us a few summers and move into the professional ranks, the local union professionals we employ onstage and in our orchestras. We're proud of the long-time contributions we've made at Woodminster, Oakland's summer theater under the stars." - Theresa De Largy
To honor and empower wounded warriors.
"The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to bring awareness, services, and help to veterans injured in combat. Given that military personnel sacrifice their bodies and lives for our country, I believe the least we can do is to honor their sacrifices by ensuring that, upon their return, they are appreciated, cared for, and most certainly not forgotten." - Michael Tokarz
"My sister recently served in Afghanistan, and I subsequently become more aware of this great organization and all the good that they do for our men and women in uniform. Enjoying an afternoon in the mountains is the least I can do to support this great cause." – Jeff Dodds