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Helping Clients and the Community

Date posted: December 18, 2019

Helping Clients and the Community

Since the law firm started in 1913, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs has been equally committed to serving its clients as it has been to giving back to the community. Its commitment to corporate responsibility is the driving force behind why Buckingham made it a priority to establish several charitable funds with Northeast Ohio community foundations to support communities in which the firm does business – Akron, Cleveland and Canton. For Buckingham, charitable funds provide a simplified, efficient and meaningful way to support local charities.

Shortly after the opening of Buckingham’s office in Canton, The Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs Charitable Fund was created through Stark Community Foundation. Since then, more than $80,000 has been awarded to local charities from the fund.

“We encourage our employees to identify and bring forth community needs and local philanthropic efforts that would benefit greatly from our support,” said Joe Feltes, the partner in charge of Buckingham’s Canton office.

One cause in particular that Buckingham’s employees are passionate about is breast cancer. After an employee was diagnosed with breast cancer, a group of employees created ‘Buckingham Angels’ – an internal volunteer initiative that raises financial support and awareness for breast cancer. It was a meaningful way for staff to show their support and hope for their colleague and others who have been impacted by the disease.

“Supporting charitable and philanthropic endeavors throughout Northeast Ohio, including causes that are important to our staff, have been a critical part of our firm’s culture for over 100 years,” said Dustin Vrabel, partner at Buckingham. “In Canton this past year, we are proud of the efforts of Diane Erickson-Eagan who led the Buckingham Angels group focused on cancer research fundraising and served as chair of Relay for Life of Stark County for the American Cancer Society.”

In addition to generously supporting the American Cancer Society, the firm recently invested in Aultman Hospital’s Timken Family Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art facility providing comprehensive care close to home. Buckingham also donated to Centennial Plaza, which aims to revitalize downtown Canton and connect downtown to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, and routinely contributes to client sponsored events, such as Kenan Advantage’s annual golf outing that supports Pathway Caring for Children.

“A key part of our mission as a firm is to enhance the value we offer to our clients and our communities,” said Joe. “We believe it is our responsibility to contribute toward efforts that make our community stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant.”

Many of Buckingham’s attorneys and staff contribute to the charitable fund throughout the year to help it grow, allowing the firm to give even more to the community. Some even support the fund monthly by having donations deducted automatically from their paycheck.

Financial support however isn’t the only way Buckingham gives back to Northeast Ohio.

Each year, the firm’s attorneys and staff volunteer countless hours of their time to service projects, community events and charitable fundraisers. They also serve on many nonprofit boards and committees in the region, helping to strengthen the area with their forward thinking.

“We are honored to have the ability to give back to the community and find it to be one of the most rewarding parts of our job and integral to Buckingham’s culture,” added Joe. “We truly enjoy supporting the amazing work being done by so many of our local nonprofit entities.”

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