Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is honored to be named the Philanthropic Business of the Year – Private for 2015 by Vegas Inc and Greenspun Media Groups in their annual Angel Awards. The award honors the philanthropic efforts of a privately owned company and its employees to improve life in Southern Nevada.
“As a firm, we are proud to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Ellen Schulhofer, Brownstein’s co-managing partner and shareholder in the Las Vegas office. “Our philanthropic philosophy is focused on the passion of our employees to support a wide range of causes and organizations that are as varied as the people who work here.”
Brownstein contributes to the community through board service, hands-on volunteerism, financial contributions and pro bono legal work. Approximately 70 percent of the firm’s attorneys and policy professionals sit on nonprofit boards. In addition to board service, Brownstein’s attorneys and policy professionals provided more than 11,000 hours of pro bono service in 2014. Brownstein’s pro bono commitment to the Las Vegas community includes significant work for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the largest low-income civil legal services provider in Las Vegas, including representation of children in the foster care system through the Children’s Attorney Program (CAP).
The firm’s Las Vegas office has adopted Halle Hewetson Elementary School, where more than 90 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Firm employees built bikes for students, cleaned school grounds, installed a garden, painted classroom doors, adopted students’ families for the holidays, read to students during Nevada Reading Week, and contributed books, school uniforms and a washer/dryer to the school. Brownstein team members also volunteer at Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada’s only food bank providing food assistance to the residents of Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Clark counties, and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, which strives to be the model for providing hope and change to the homeless, addicted, and others in need.
The Angel Awards were established to acknowledge and encourage the accomplishments and contributions of Southern Nevada’s outstanding community leaders and to showcase nonprofit organizations across the valley. Winners are included in the Vegas Inc Giving Guide, which showcases nonprofit organizations across the valley.
Read about the winners at Vegas Inc.