International Corporate Philanthropy Day-Fairfax Chambers Highlights Local Business Achievements

Yesterday marked the second year the Fairfax Chambers of Commerce participated in International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD). ICPD is a day established to recognize and highlight corporate social responsibility (CSR) and promote awareness of corporate-community projects.

The Fairfax Chambers of Commerce released top businesses in our region that emulate the goals and outcomes of CSR.


“CSR is at the heart of Attain’s core values and foundation of its culture. Our people take pride in being stewards, embracing citizenship to best serve our business constituencies and communities. Finding a way to give back and make a difference in others’ lives is fundamental to being a leader.” – Greg J. Baroni, Chairman and CEO, Attain LLC

Most Proud of:

Among fourteen organizations supported in 2011, Attain is extremely proud of its continued partnership with the National Kidney Foundation. “It’s an honor to help advance a cause that hits close to home, with occurrences of chronic kidney disease in Washington, DC, the highest in the nation,” says Baroni, an Executive Committee board member and Chairman of the 2005 Kidney Ball. Attain participates in the NOVA Kidney Walk and was last year’s largest corporate fundraiser for the event; supports the annual Kidney Ball and Casino Night; and raises additional donations through monthly “Casual for a Cause” events at its corporate headquarters.

Top three causes/charitable organizations involved with:

  • National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Region
  • American Red Cross
  • The Women’s Center

Helios HR:

“How wonderful it is to know that collectively we can make positive impact in our community. The need is so great and our combined ability is yet untapped.  As executives and members of our community, through leadership and engagement we can make a difference.  People want to make a difference.  Our role is to show them how they can, and engage them to action.” – Kathy Albarado, CEO, Helios HR

Most Proud of:

Helios is particularly proud of its role as a catalyst in the community.  We help educate and encourage our partners, clients and friends about how they can impact positive change where there is need in our community.  Through the years our outreach efforts have touched hundreds of businesses and engaged thousands of individuals in support of local efforts.   Kathy is on the Governing Board of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness which provides community visibility, policy direction, and resource development.  Many people are surprised to hear that Fairfax County has a homeless population which consists mainly of employed individuals and families.   In leveraging its outreach the Helios team has helped increase awareness of local charitable needs.  Each year our corporate gifting program includes a donation on behalf of our clients to specific organizations, which allows them to gain visibility for their work in the community.  To date, our annual coat drive has resulted in over 8,000 coats for those in need being donated to the Reston Interfaith coat closet.  That effort alone creates an incredible amount of camaraderie and good will in the community as it is truly a collaborative effort. 

Top three causes/charitable organizations involved with:

  • The Prevention of Homelessness
  • Mentoring and Job Readiness
  • Supporting Youth

Sotera Defense Solutions:

All organizations are part of communities – be they professional communities, local communities, or others. At Sotera we believe that an organization should not solely be measured on revenue and profit margins but also on how it supports the communities in which it lives and operates. We strive to be a productive member of our professional and geographic communities by supporting initiatives that can really make a difference whether it is supporting our military, strengthening essential education programs, preserving the environment or getting involved in community projects. – John Hillen, President & CEO, Sotera Defense Solutions

Most Proud Of:

Golf tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project In June 2011 Sotera hosted its inaugural charity golf tournament at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia. When we began planning this first-time event, we were working in uncharted waters so we set a modest goal – raise $5,000 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). With the help of our corporate sponsors , Morrison Foerster, McGladrey, Helios Global, Aveshka, Pillsbury and Morgan Franklin and the 112 golfers who hit the links with us, we raised $25,535 to support wounded members of the military as they transition to civilian life.

Top three causes/charitable organizations involved with:

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Fairfax Parks Authority

Read the complete list of local businesses with a deep ties to corporate-community projects here.



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