On June 7, 2018 I have the privilege of representing Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in sponsoring the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Larkin Street Youth Services. As a Board member of Larkin Street, I am proud to support this nonprofit’s ground-breaking work, while honoring world-class CFOs leading their organizations.
Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) is committed to giving back to the community and we fulfill this commitment though the work of the Barney & Barney Foundation. Since 2009, the foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million to over 80 nonprofits.
Each year, the Barney & Barney Foundation holds three events in order to raise awareness and provide grants to local nonprofits. In total, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded $260,000 in grants to nine nonprofits in California this year.
Rock the Foundation Benefit Concert
On September 29, 2017, MMA hosted the 8th Annual Rock the Foundation benefit concert featuring cover band Liquid Blue. Attendees also enjoyed great food, drinks, a fun green screen photo booth and much more at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Home Start and Alzheimer’s San Diego each received $35,000 and Foundation of the Children of the Californias and Access Youth Academy both received $20,000 to further their mission.
Each fall, Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) kicks off a season of giving through the Barney & Barney Foundation. The foundation awards grants to local non-profits, raising funds through the annual Rock the Foundation rock concert and golf tournaments in Orange County and the Bay Area. In addition to donating their time and resources at these events, our colleagues enjoy getting to know the grant recipients and the work they do by spending time volunteering. This year colleagues took advantage of volunteer opportunities at Home Start in San Diego, George Mark Children’s House in the Bay Area, and Laura’s House in Orange County.
Here’s a recap:
At Home Start
Home Start is dedicated to effectively preventing and treating child abuse. The team at Home Start provides a variety of services in the community to help eliminate the causes of abuse. From their Maternity Shelter Program to parenting classes to child development specialists and so much more, children and their families depend on Home Start. Key to their success is a focus on a variety of self-sufficiency programs which allow their clients to develop the skills needed to thrive.
Now in its 55th year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS) has served tens of thousands of youth through its much-loved and highly successful mentoring programs. At Marsh & McLennan Agency, many of our colleagues are actively involved in the organization, with many participating in the Beyond School Walls program. Through Beyond School Walls, our colleagues are paired with youth for one-on-one mentoring in the professional workspace. We are honored to support such an incredible organization which helps change the lives of children in our community.
We are also proud to share that this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County will be honoring MMA Principal and incoming BBBS Chairman Bill Brennan as its Person of the Year.
MMA West Region CEO Paul Hering, who is also being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, originally introduced Bill to Big Brothers Big Sisters at its Annual Gourmet Dinner. Inspired by their mission, Bill became a Big Brother in 2000. He joined the board several years later and has since served in many roles on nearly all of BBBS’ committees. As the incoming board chairman, Bill is eager to further the mission of mentoring children by focusing on BBBS’ great programs serving the San Diego area.
Spice up your Thursday night on September 28, 2017 by joining us for the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 8th annual Rock the Foundation benefit concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! This year, our goal is to raise $250,000, which means every ticket purchase counts. Rock the Foundation proceeds will benefit four non-profits in San Diego County: Home Start, Foundation of the Children of the Californias, Access Youth Academy, and Alzheimer’s San Diego.
MMA loves to give back to the community and we are so glad to have the support of our colleagues, carriers, clients, family, and friends to help us do just that. Never been to RTF or just want to know what’s in store this year?
Here are 8 things to get excited about at the 2017 Rock the Foundation concert.
In the spring of 2016, our Marsh & McLennan Agency's San Diego office began a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS) through Beyond School Walls (BSW). BSW is an innovative one-to-one youth mentoring program that matches colleagues from neighboring companies with students from area schools in the professional workspace. Through BSW, youth can learn the ins and outs of working for a corporation and the educational requirements needed to achieve professional success. And most importantly, the mentoring program builds strong, supportive relationships.
Roughly twenty MMA colleagues (Bigs) were matched with students (Littles), ranging from ages 11 to 13. A BBBS staff member then managed the program on site while Bigs and Littles worked together on curriculum provided by BBBS. They also toured the office and other times just talked with one another about things like friendship, getting along with teachers, life goals, peer pressure, etc.
The Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Orange County Golf Classic took place on December 5th at Dove Canyon Country Club. Golfers from across Southern California teed off in support of two local non-profit organizations – Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center. In turn, they were treated to a beautiful day on the course, stylish new Travis Mathew apparel, and new and exciting activities provided by our generous corporate sponsors. Click here to see photos from the event.
Topics: Community Outreach
On November 7th, golfers teed off at the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Bay Area Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament proved to be our most successful one to date. Not only did we have the highest tournament turnout yet, but we also broke previous fundraising records. Click here to view photos from the event.
The Barney & Barney Foundation holds the tournament each year to raise awareness and provide grants to local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.
Junior Achievement of Northern California helps provide youth with the skills they need to succeed in adulthood. Participants learn about finding a job, starting a business, and managing money. Junior Achievement is dedicated to preparing our youth for their dream career and will use their grant to further fulfill their goal of building a better workforce of tomorrow.
Topics: Community Outreach
Marsh & McLennan Agency associates got the opportunity to volunteer with Assistance League of Santa Ana, one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients. The Barney & Barney Foundation will award grants to both Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center at the Orange County Golf Classic, taking place on Monday, December 5.
Assistance League of Santa Ana serves over 2750 children, teens, and seniors through multiple programs including dental care, eye care, and Operation School Bell, which supplies underprivileged youth with the appropriate clothing and school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. Operation School Bell aims to help make students indistinguishable from their classmates, build their pride, and reduce the problem of school absences due to inadequate clothing.
Topics: Community Outreach
Last week, Marsh & McLennan Agency associates volunteered with one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Girls Inc. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with Girls Inc. at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro and participate in one of their research-based programs. Girls Inc., along with Junior Achievement of Northern California will be honored and awarded grants on Monday, November 7 at the 2016 Bay Area Golf Tournament.
Topics: Community Outreach