They say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at work. But when you combine the two, great things happen! M.J. Smith and Associates was thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Kempe Foundation's 2016 Blue Ribbon Golf Tournament, supporting Kempe's work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
Mark Smith and his wife, Tori, joined a few of our firm's clients at the Cherry Creek Country Club for the tournament, which began with a shotgun start and ended with a fantastic 19th Hole party afterwards. Mark, a long-time supporter and board member of the Kempe Foundation, said, "It was a perfect day to spend time with some of our clients, while helping to raise funds to help children in our community."
On July 2, 2015 the Salvation Army celebrated its 150th Anniversary! The Intermountain Division marked this milestone with a special event in early October, remembering the times of service all the way back to the early days with founder William Booth in the streets of east London. Today, the Salvation Army offers hope and help to millions of people every year in 127 countries around the world.
M.J. Smith and Associates was pleased to be one of the sponsors of the event. The night held live music and a special live performance from Nik Wallenda, acclaimed high-wire tightrope walker. In addition, Mark Smith gave a talk about the power of charitable giving from an income tax planning perspective, including the benefit of the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.
Mark Smith has supported the Salvation Army Intermountain Division for a number of years and is currently serving as an advisory board member. He was able to help The Auction Divas Benefit Auctioneers as they assisted the Salvation Army at their 2014 fund-raising auction by explaining the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. By coupling the donors' dollars with this program, the Salvation Army was able to double their fund raising goal!
The Educational Foundation of the Colorado Society of CPAs offers scholarships exclusively for accounting students around the state. In 2014, after a concentrated effort to promote the availability of these scholarships, the Foundation did not have the funds for nearly half of the highly qualified applicants. Therefore, they made a concentrated effort to raise more scholarship dollars in connection with Colorado Gives Day, a day developed to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.
As told in the January/February edition of the COCPA News Account magazine, "The first step was to seek a donor willing to energize the campaign with a matching grant. Longtime supporter and Foundation Past President Mark J. Smith, CPA, Greenwood Village, came forward..." Combining Mark's matching grant from the Mark J. Smith Family Foundation, Mark's challenge to other donors, and the generous donors on Colorado Gives Day after a fierce marketing campaign, the Foundation was able to raise nearly half of its annual donations in a single day.
Mark is grateful to all 109 donors that allowed over 15 qualified applicants receive scholarships.