Gray Plant Mooty
Minnesota Keystone Featured Member - June 2016
This month’s featured member is Gray Plant Mooty. Gray Plant Mooty has been Minnesota Keystone member since 1989. In 2009, they were recognized as an honored company.
Why does your company value charitable giving?
At Gray Plant Mooty, we believe that the privilege of practicing law comes with a responsibility to give back to the community. For Gray Plant Mooty, this means giving back through the pro bono work of our attorneys, and with charitable gifts via the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation. Each year, Gray Plant Mooty attorneys contribute to the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation, where charitable gifts are made to community organizations, focusing on charitable legal services organizations and organizations where our attorneys and clients are involved. Gray Plant Mooty takes pride in giving back to the community around us. Charitable giving is a priority of the Gray Pant Mooty community, and a vital part of who we are.
Tell us about a giving activity or initiative that your company engages in?
Each year, the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation makes direct donations to more than 300 organizations working to advance our communities on a local, state-wide, regional, national and even global basis. These donations are intended to strengthen the infrastructure and leadership of each organization, support GPM firm member involvement, build relationships with community change-makers, and bolster the organization’s reach and accomplishments.
In 2016, GPM celebrates its 150th anniversary with a firmwide “year of giving,” featuring monthly community service events held in partnership with charitable organizations like Feed My Starving Children, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way. In addition to these firm wide philanthropic endeavors, GPM lawyers spend thousands of hours each year helping those in need by providing legal services on a pro bono basis. Ultimately, GPM’s business is only as strong as the communities it serves.
What is an example of a meaningful partnership you have formed with a charitable organization?
Gray Plant Mooty believes the privilege of practicing law comes with a responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to the legal system, regardless of resources. To encourage a commitment to pro bono work, the firm sets a goal for its lawyers to devote at least three percent of their collective billable time to pro bono work each year. In 2014, 40 Gray Plant Mooty attorneys were recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association for their pro bono legal services.
The firm is also deeply committed to community service. Through leadership and involvement in charitable organizations, Gray Plant Mooty’s lawyers, paralegals and staff strive to make a positive difference in local and national communities. The firm has participated in projects and organizations such as Hats for Hope, Jeremiah Program, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Walk MS, Hearts & Hammers and Memorial Blood Centers.