Ballard Spahr’s first firmwide United Way campaign, which drew contributions from lawyers and staff in all 13 of its offices, raised nearly $700,000 to support causes ranging from child advocacy and education to the arts and medical research, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced.

One hundred percent of the firm’s partners—along with lawyers and staff across the firm—contributed to the campaign, which United Way representatives said was one of the most successful in the nation by a law firm. Most law firms’ charitable giving efforts are regional in scope. Ballard Spahr is one of the few firms to mount a unified, national campaign.

"The energy surrounding our campaign and the extraordinary generosity of the people who work here allowed us to come together as a firm to make a positive impact beyond anything we have done before," Mr. Stewart said. "It's a great feeling."

As an incentive to contribute during the December campaign, the firm raffled off an array of prizes, including tickets to concerts and sporting events, certificates for dinner at area restaurants, trips, and electronics. In addition, lawyers and staff were encouraged to recommend charities that held personal meaning for them. That information accompanied the electronic giving packet to assist those looking for suggestions on where to give.

"We are grateful for dedicated corporate partners like Ballard Spahr who, as they state in their mission, are committed to delivering results beyond the ordinary," said Peter Hahn, a spokesman for United Way. "That's the kind of partner we need to improve the education, income, and health of our communities."

Ballard Spahr is known for its commitment to giving back to the communities in which its lawyers and employees live and work. The firm donates tens of thousands of hours of free legal services each year to low-income families and nonprofit organizations. In Philadelphia, it hosts clinics at which small business owners receive the legal advice they need, free of charge, to grow and thrive. And its lawyers and staff devote time each week to reading with inner city schoolchildren as participants in the Philadelphia Reads program.

"We devote a lot of hands-on time to bettering our communities," said Jason Leckerman, a Philadelphia litigation partner who chaired the firmwide United Way campaign. "Through United Way, we were able to extend our reach even farther."

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