NEW YORK Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to charities participating in earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
To encourage individual donations, the Firm also established a matching program, in effect until the end of February 2010, whereby individual donations by Firm employees in its U.S. and nine international offices will also be matched by the Foundation.
"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused in Haiti resulting from the recent earthquake," said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O'Neill. "Many participating charitable organizations rely heavily on corporate and individual donations and will be in need of additional funds for the relief effort for an extended period. We want to do our part."
The Foundation was created in 2001 to assist victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It supported groups that provided financial assistance to families and individuals who were affected by the attacks but did not qualify for government aid.
The Firm initially contributed $500,000 to the Foundation and makes additional donations to the Foundation in the names of many clients.
In 2002, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored the Firm by declaring May 17 "Chadbourne & Parke Day" in New York. This honor recognized the Firm for providing space in its Rockefeller Center offices for more than 100 attorneys and staff in the City of New York's law department when their downtown offices were unusable after the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, New York Disaster Interfaith Services honored Chadbourne for its donations to the 9/11 recovery group.
The Chadbourne & Parke Foundation made substantial contributions and established matching programs in 2004 and 2005 to support relief efforts for the Tsunami in Asia and also in 2005 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Firm's Charitable Contribution Advisory Committee, comprising both staff and legal personnel, makes recommendations to the Directors of the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation regarding specific charities which their research shows are likely to continue to be the most effective in long-term relief efforts.
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