ST. LOUIS, - Partners and staff at Anders CPAs + Advisors (Anders) have selected Basket of Hope as the firm's 2014 Charity of Choice. Now in its ninth year, the Anders Charity of Choice program combines fundraising activities and volunteer efforts to support one local charity each year. Charities are submitted by members of the firm, and all members of the firm, from interns to partners, have the opportunity to vote for their choice at the firm's meeting each January. In 2013, Anders raised more than $30,000 for Young Friends of Habitat for Humanity.
Basket of Hope, a client of the firm, was nominated by Casey Madden, CPA, an audit senior who has worked on the engagement since 2009, and whose family has also been a recipient of the not-for-profit's work. The Mission is to give hope to newly diagnosed children and their families affected by cancer or other serious illnesses, primarily by the delivery of a Basket of Hope filled with inspirational materials to nourish them mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Basket of Hope delivers thousands of baskets to over 17 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the country each year. The baskets are given to the children and also contain age appropriate toys, games, crafts, movies, gift certificates, and more.
While events such as dress down days, penny wars and volunteer days are held throughout the year, the first major Anders fundraising event will be the annual "Hoops for Hope" NCAA basketball pool, which draws participation from clients, colleagues, referral sources and friends of the firm from all over the U.S.
In addition to Young Friends of Habitat for Humanity, past beneficiaries of the Anders Charity of Choice program have included Nurses for Newborns, Girls on the Run, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Lafayette Industries, KidSmart, Re-Building Together and Kids Under Twenty-One (KUTO).
Anders is one of the Top 10 Firms in St. Louis, a Top 15 Firm in the Midwest and among the Top 125 Firms in the U.S., with 150 partners and staff and approximately $25.5 million in revenue. For the past 49 years, Anders has delivered full service accounting, tax, audit and advisory services to growth-oriented closely-held companies, organizations and individuals. The firm also specializes in valuation, forensics, strategic services, technology and financial services. Anders has been named "One of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For" and a "Firm to Watch" by Accounting Today. For more information, visit Anders at http://anderscpa.com/.