April 16, 2013
As part of National Volunteer Week, the 2013 Pro Bono Summit
will be taking place Monday April 22, 2013. In partnership with A Billion+Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in corporate pro bono community service, the summit will feature multiple companies who will share their best practices, innovations and new trends in skills-based volunteering.
One of those companies participating is D.C. accounting firm, Raffa. Tom Raffa, CEO and President of the company, spoke to WashingtonExec and took part in our Pro Bono Q&A series to talk about his company’s history of community service, its impact on the community and the company’s volunteer area of importance.
WashingtonExec: How does your company’s pro bono work not only impact the community, but also benefit your business?
Tom Raffa: Raffa attracts talented employees who want to make a difference. They choose Raffa not only as vehicle to practice their profession, but because it is a firm that empowers its people to go above and beyond. The company’s public service philosophy and practice has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining the type of employee who doesn’t view Raffa just as the place they work, but more as a host from where to fulfill their passion to make the world a better place. This translates into improved productivity, care in service delivery, innovation, etc. As I often say, “we don’t practice philanthropy because we can afford to as a $35 million firm, we are a $35 million firm BECAUSE we have always practiced philanthropy!"