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​Raffa Measures Success in Impact on Communities and Nonprofits | Public Accounting Report

​Firm donates 10% of gross revenue to causes and promotes staff involvement.

It is a recurrent theme in books and movies, but perhaps less common in real life: A person abandons a comfortable but unfulfilling career for a more personally meaningful, but uncertain, future.

Two examples: In the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire”, the title character, a sports agent, reinvents his career after offering a moral manifesto on the state of his profession. In John Grisham’s 2011 novel, “The Litigators”, protagonist lawyer David Zinc snaps after years of soulless, monotonous work at a prestigious law firm. Zinc leaves the firm, never to return, eventually initiating a quest to become a lawyer who helps people in need.

Tom Raffa, president/CEO of Washington-based Raffa, P.C., had his own epiphany prior to launching his firm in 1984. Though not nearly as dramatic as the fictional accounts above, it did set the course for Raffa’s life and career. Today, Raffa, P.C. (FY15 net revenue: $45.28 million; 17 partners, 183 nonpartner professionals; 248 total staff; three offices) is a leading firm in serving nonprofit clients. More than that, its mission is to “be a catalyst for positive systemic change within the community,” Raffa told PAR.

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