New Friends New Life chosen as holiday drive beneficiary
DALLAS – ORIX Foundation, the employee-led charitable foundation of Dallas-based financial services leader ORIX Americas, held its annual Foundation Fair in late September to kick off the holiday giving season. The event gives ORIX employees and other volunteers the opportunity to meet with partner charities and learn about ways to personally make a difference with these nonprofits that help the region’s most at-risk populations.
“The Foundation Fair encourages our employees to discover which charities align with their personal interests and passions,” said Joshua Mayfield, executive vice president and director for the ORIX Foundation and director of Alternative Investments for ORIX Americas. “Creating this connection results in more engagement throughout the company with employees who are motivated to volunteer and make personal contributions.”
In addition to meeting with the partner charities, employees voted on a holiday drive beneficiary, selecting New Friends New Life as this year’s recipient. New Friends New Life restores and empowers trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children by providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support. As the 2014 holiday beneficiary, New Friends New Life will receive donations raised by ORIX employees throughout the holiday campaign.
The law firm of Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP is underwriting the holiday campaign with a $10,000 donation to ORIX Foundation to enhance the campaign’s success.
“New Friends New Life is changing the lives of hundreds of women and their children by helping them overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities, and we are honored to support such an incredible cause,” said Carol Greene, Foundation director.
ORIX Foundation is a unique employee-driven venture philanthropy that inspires employees to go beyond involvement toward true community engagement and advocacy for the causes about which they care.
About ORIX Foundation
ORIX Foundation is the employee-led charitable foundation of ORIX Americas, which exists to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. The foundation awards direct grants to not-for-profit organizations and matches the charitable contributions and fundraising of each ORIX Americas employee up to $10,000 each year. Since it was founded in 2009, ORIX Foundation has committed $4.5 million to nonprofit organizations primarily in ORIX Americas’ headquarters region of North Texas. For information, visit www.orixfoundation.org.
About ORIX Americas
ORIX Americas is a diversified financial company with assets in sectors spanning commercial finance, venture finance, commercial real estate and public finance. Its operating subsidiaries include Houlihan Lokey, RED Capital Group and Mariner Investment Group. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ORIX Americas and its subsidiaries have more than 1,400 employees and offices in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. For more information on ORIX Americas, visit www.orix.com.
Aimee Sheahan, Sheahan Communications
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