Community is one of Marcum’s nine core values, and giving back to the communities in which we do business is one of the ways we express it. We buy our fair share of sponsorships and journal ads for charity events, of course, but we also host toy drives, food drives and drives to collect personal toiletries for the homeless. We field teams for charity races, serve meals at homeless shelters, and build houses with Habitat for Humanity. We also donate a percentage of proceeds from several of our “tent pole” events, such as the annual Marcum MicroCap Conference. We even stage our own annual walk-run for charity in Long Island, New York, called the Marcum Workplace Challenge, which involves nearly 12,000 participants and spectators and which has raised almost $700,000 to date.
Because virtually all of Marcum’s offices across the U.S. support charitable organizations in their communities, one way or another, we decided to bring all of these activities together under a national umbrella. We figure that way we’ll make a bigger impact by providing a firm-wide platform that all of our people can be proud of and get involved with. The Marcum Foundation, which originated in our South Florida region, rolled out to all Marcum regions in June, and already it has become a focal point of our corporate culture.