Chicago Company Says Thanks by Giving Back

July 29, 2012

A new company was recently formed on the Chicago real estate scene, and that company is giving back to the community with a $25,000 grant for a local charity that you can help choose.

The merger of Plante Moran and Blackman Kallick on July 1 created the sixth largest accounting firm in Chicago with three local offices serving more than 5,000 clients, primarily in the real estate and construction, manufacturing, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital, not-for-profit, services and technology industries.

To thank the Chicago-area community for its support and to celebrate the merger, Blackman Kallick Plante Moran has launched an online contest to help Chicago-area not-for-profit organizations raise their visibility and compete for a $25,000 award.

“We’re eager to continue the positive momentum of our merger and support the Chicago community,” said Steve Schneider, managing partner and leader of the newly joined Blackman Kallick Plante Moran offices in downtown Chicago. “We’re thrilled to launch this contest to benefit Chicago area not-for-profit organizations, which underscores our commitment to local businesses and the community.”

The non profits have been nominated for the Chicago Community Champions contest and voting is now open through August 6, when the top 20 candidates will advance to a second round, which will go through August 10. A third round of the top 10 candidates will go from August 13 through August 17; the winner will be announced on August 20.

Some of the local charities include:

*Chicago Architecture Foundation, which will use the money to fund Open House Chicago, a free annual weekend festival that offers access to over 150 buildings in Chicago.

*Connections for the Homeless, which would use the grant for Learn & Earn, a program designed to economically empower homeless families.

*Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, which would expand the REO to Rental program to help communities with widespread foreclosures and lack of new reinvestment.

Ready to check out all the candidates? Visit plantemoran.com, and congratulations, Blackman Kallick Plante Moran, on your new endeavor in Chicago.

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