December 19, 2013

Advisors, Execs Give Back During the Holidays

Teams of advisors are supporing the arts, while LPL’s CEO is growing a beard for an animal charity

Advisor James Hamilton, who supports the arts in Atlanta Advisor James Hamilton, who supports the arts in Atlanta

Financial advisors and broker-dealer executives are finding time for charitable work and fun this holiday season. LPL Financial (LPLA) Chairman and CEO Mark Casady, for instance, is supporting an animal-rescue fund drive by growing a beard and posting photos of it on Twitter.

"This is a great cause, and we are happy to support our friends at Animal Friends and Fragasso Financial Advisors," said Casady, in a statement. "Animal Friends is an outstanding organization with a compassionate mission. I'm happy to grow some fur of my own to help them reach their fundraising goal and continue to provide services for at-risk pets around Pittsburgh."

While Casady is taking a somewhat unusual approach to his charitable work, some advisors are taking action to support causes dear to their hearts through more traditional methods.

Advisors with South Texas Money Management, a San Antonio-based RIA, just sponsored an event to support international artists at the Pearl Brewery retail complex, while James Hamilton of Raymond James (RJF) is supporting an arts group that works with inner-city kids in Atlanta.

“Our founder, Jeanie Wyatt, is a longtime supporter of the arts community," said Lance Lahourcade, a managing director, with South Texas Money Management, in a statement. "One of our missions at South Texas Money Management is to give back to the communities that we serve."

The opportunity to be a sponsor of the artisans fair, Lahourcade adds, was "a great opportunity to do both of these things." Plus, the advsiors hope that support for the artists, who come from Afghanistan, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia and other countries, will help improve these respective communities.

“It’s a busy time of year, and it’s also a time of giving,” said Hamilton, in an interview with ThinkAdvisor. “We focus on individuals, new businesses, business leaders, civic leaders and other partners to show them the work we do with Wonderoot.”

The Wonderoot Community Arts Center open house, which takes place late on Thursday, gives about 500 community members a chance to meet artists and cultural group and see where they develop their creativity, the advisor says. (The facility is located in the Reynoldstown area of Atlanta.)

Hamilton also is working with Wonderoot to roll out the third phase of its Community Support Art program. For this effort, the organization sells “shares” for about $600. This entitles “investors” to six pieces of art.

“This program runs year round, but during the holidays there’s a special push for more involvement,” explained Hamilton, who notes that the program aims to raise $24,000 for local artists.

Drew Bilotta, another advisor with Raymond James, recently wrapped up a November charity drive that raised $1,000 for a group fighting hunger in the Delaware Valley.

“This year at Thanksgiving, we contributed to Philabundance,” said Bilotta, in a statement. “We accompanied this contribution with a newsletter story to our clients to remind them of our PAX Makes a Difference initiative and to remind folks about the click-through giving form based on website traffic.”

Each month, Bilotta and other members of Wayne, Pa.-based PAX Partners feature a different charity to receive a donation on the group’s website. This month’s charity is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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