The 2017 Social & Community Investment Awards: Impact Advisors

Impact Advisors

Type of Work: Employee-Motivated Volunteer Project Client: Florida Hospital for Children

In April, Impact Advisors hosted an annual employee retreat—Impact Palooza 2017— where all of its associates and their invited family members and guests joined forces to custom-build 200 “cheer backpacks” for children receiving care at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla.

Each individual backpack was filled with craft supplies, games and toys for two different age ranges of children—1 through 12 years and 13 to 18 years old. Bo Outlaw of the Orlando Magic, Courtney Sexton, the reigning Miss Florida of the Miss America Organization, and three Southwest Airlines employees joined Impact in the effort. These 5 individuals personally contributed their time to both building the backpacks and then delivering them to the hospital with Impact employees.

“Serving a higher purpose by giving back to our communities is the most satisfying work we can do as a firm, and we believe our contributions can make a difference in our future,” says Michael Nutter, Vice President, Impact Advisors. “This volunteer project is just one of the many ways our ‘winners’ consistently demonstrate our commitment to caring for and serving our collective communities.”

Impact Advisors is committed to encouraging and supporting its winners to make a contribution to the social, environmental and economic health of its communities.

“Knowing the care that each member of our Impact Advisors family genuinely delighted in as they built their backpacks—all to make a positive difference in the lives of these children—created a most memorable experience for everyone,” Nutter says. “This is best demonstrated by sharing the thoughts from Impact Advisors’ leaders and our community partners.”

Andy Smith, President and Co-Founder of Impact Advisors, says the experience has been incredibly meaningful to him and the entire Impact Advisors’ team. “Partnering with Florida Hospital for Children has truly been an honor; we hope that our backpack delivery helped provide comfort to patients and their families during their hospital stay.”

Impact Advisors Co-Founder and CEO, Peter Smith, agrees. “I am blown away by the unwavering dedication of our associates and the organizations with which we have partnered to create this special day for the children being treated at Florida Hospital for Children.”

Meanwhile, Marla Silliman, CEO of Florida Hospital for Children, says receiving customized backpacks from Impact Advisors, Southwest Airlines, Miss Florida and Orlando Magic is “a special opportunity for these brave children to help them find joy during their hospital stay. We are honored to be part of this great event, and look forward to our continued partnership with Impact Advisors as they make tangible differences for our patients and families.”

Q&A: How does the work align with Impact Advisor’s overall mission?

Nutter: “Our mission is ‘to create a positive Impact’ and being there to personally witness the positive impact we created for the Florida Hospital for Children was so very special. For Impact Advisors, our community investment is a tool for collaboration and adds value to what each partner could achieve independently.”

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