From Partner Chad Kisner:
50 Weeks of Giving started as an idea at a retreat of BCS’ partners and managers in January 2010. We spent some time at this retreat reflecting upon the year 2011 being the 50th anniversary of our firm and ways to celebrate this accomplishment. While many organizations adorn various items with “50th Anniversary” mementos and various other forms of letting the community know, our idea was to give back to the communities that have made our firm what it is today. So, with that, a year of planning, meetings and conversations ensued. Our entire firm was notified of the idea around the end of tax season 2010 and additional input was sought and ideas brought to the table. In the end, a calendar for 2011 was completed with our plan and the entire firm’s commitment was made to ensure this would be successful. We are certainly excited by the idea and know that it will be a challenge to accomplish such an endurance of weekly committing to give back but in the end we are certain that we’ll receive far more in smiles and thank you’s than we could imagine.