COMPASSIONATELEE

Lee & Associates' 501C-3 charitable organization, CompassionateLEE, was founded in 2019 and is focused on bringing people together to assist our Lee family members and others in our communities in times of crisis. Our goal is to provide the members of our organization with an opportunity, a few times a year, to focus on helping others by extending a hand of support in our local communities during an emergency or wherever we see a chance that someone may need our help. We will also be raising money through Lee Offices fund-raising events. Money raised will go towards offering support when emergencies arise and to other worthy causes outside of our own organization to do our part to make the world a better place.

CURRENT ROTATIONAL INITIATIVES

Hurricane Ian Relief Fund
Disaster has struck again with Hurricane Ian slamming into Florida leaving devastating flooding and damage throughout  the state.  

Unfortunately, some of our Lee & Associates professionals have been personally impacted. Details are beginning to trickle in and it appears that at a minimum, a member of our Fort Myers/Naples office has lost their home. We are awaiting additional updates as the office makes attempts to reach all members of their team. In addition, while the Orlando team’s homes are ok, the office itself was badly damaged and will be uninhabitable for 6-7 months. It’s unclear what today will bring but it appears Ian is now tracking for Charleston.  

We are commencing an immediate, targeted, fundraising campaign in support of our Fort Meyers, Naples, and Orlando teams, and potentially Charleston depending on what today brings.  

As more details emerge we will allocate the funds accordingly. Below please find a link to a donate. Our hope is to offer immediate emergency assistance to those directly impacted.

Click Here to Donate: Select Hurricane Ian Relief Fund from Drop-Down Menu

No-Shave November

Join CompassionateLEE in our first-annual company-wide No-Shave November!

What is No-Shave November?

No-Shave November is a month-Iong journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy!

The Concept

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

The Rules

  • Each participant must shave on Monday, October 31, 2022 and take a picture to prove it (group pictures of participants together encouraged, but not necessary)
  • Grow your facial hair for the month of November (trimming and shaping is fine)
  • No dying of facial hair
  • On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, the judging will happen in each office
  • The winner from each office will then be submitted to the National judges (The CompassionateLee Board), who will then select the top three winners
  • Categories will be overall furriest, most creative hair growing & grooming, and most likely to be stuck in the 1970s
  • Prizes will also be awarded for the highest individual fundraising total and highest office fundraising total per participant
  • All proceeds will be distributed to cancer research, treatment, and family care-related charities
  • Must register by Thursday, October 27, 2022 - click here to register!

Fundraising

  • Participation fee of $10.00 per person
  • Local Office Judges (voluntary contribution of $5.00)
  • Participants can raise money from friends and family to support CompassionateLEE for this event
  • All proceeds will go to  No-Shave.org's 13 nonprofit organizations and the American Cancer Society

Participation & Prizes

  • Anybody can participate in the contest that is a broker or employee at Lee
  • Judges will be made up of non-participants within each office
  • Bragging rights for a year with pictures to be featured on social media and shown at the 2023 Lee Summit in Las Vegas
  • CompassionateLEE Shirt, Lee & Associates Yeti, and other items as determined by your local office, if participating

Click Here to Donate: No-Shave November Fund from Drop-Down Menu

2022 YEAR-ROUND INITIATIVES

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future.

Click Here to Donate: Select American Lung Association from Drop-Down Menu
Children's Hospital Umbrella of Giving
The Children's Hospital Umbrella of Giving consists of the five children's hospitals listed below. On a quarterly basis, CompassionateLEE will send the pro rata share of total directed donations to each of the hospitals in the umbrella.
  • Boston Children's Hospital | Boston, MA
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital | Cincinnati, OH
  • Hoag Hospital's NICU 2 Nursery Program | Newport Beach, CA
  • Mary Bridge Children's Hospital | Tacoma, WA
  • Texas Children's Hospital | Houston, TX
Click Here to Donate: Select Children's Hospital Umbrella from Drop-Down Menu
Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Thanks to donations and support from businesses, government organizations and individuals like you, the Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — 40 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

Every year, Feeding America helps 1 in 7 Americans. The Feeding America network provides over 4.3 billion meals annually, helping 1 in 7 Americans facing hunger live more secure and stable lives.Click Here to Donate: Select Feeding America from Drop-Down Menu
The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Founded more than two decades ago to respond to a public health crisis impacting LGBTQ youth — a crisis whose magnitude is huge, and one that we have worked tirelessly to end. LGBTQ young people are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers, and suicide remains the second leading cause of death among all young people in the United States. In 2019, our research team published the nation’s first estimate of LGBTQ youth considering suicide in partnership with leading experts from across the country. This ground-breaking research showed that over 1.8 million LGBTQ young people in the United States consider suicide each year.

  Click Here to Donate: Select The Trevor Project from Drop-Down Menu
Wounded Warriors Family Support

When America goes to war, our families go to war. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines face the kind of stress that most Americans will never know. That stress takes its toll on more than just the military members themselves, but also their families. The strain on the family is only increased when a family member is wounded or killed while serving.

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot.

The families of our casualties suffer in many ways — emotionally, psychologically and financially. Our organization supports wounded veterans and their families, even after physical needs are met, to help them heal, recover and reconnect. We work to provide services and resources to combat-wounded veterans and their families that supplement those provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. We also work with military and nonprofit partners to identify and fill gaps in services for wounded veterans and their families.

  Click Here to Donate: Select Wounded Warriors Family Support from Menu

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Strava Health Challenges

CompassionateLEE has created a club on Strava, a running and cycling app that syncs to your Garmin, Pelaton, or Apple Watch. Join our club and be on the lookout for health challenges that will be posted to the group each month.

We are challenging each of you to donate $1.00 per mile walked, ran, cycled, or hiked, with a CompassionateLEE Club goal of 1,000 miles total for each month.


Join the CompassionateLEE Strava Club
Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Use AmazonSmile and donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Click Here To select CompassionateLee and shop

Lee & Associates is proud to announce that we have been named as the Gold Award Winner in ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program’ for CompassionateLEE in the Commercial Property Executive 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

News & Press Releases

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FIRM LEE & ASSOCIATES RALLIES TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IAN WITH DONATIONS AND HUMAN CAPITAL

(October 2022) – Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate services firm in North America, responded to the urgent needs of Hurricane Ian victims by rallying its network to solicit both financial donations and human capital support to assist with clean-up and rebuild operations. The effort was organized through the company’s 501C-3 charitable organization, CompassionateLEE, which regularly provides assistance to important causes of this nature, including providing donations, clothing, and supplies to families and individuals displaced by the war in Ukraine. Kate Jordan, a Partner with Lee & Associates Maryland, functions as the Chairperson for CompassionateLEE.

One particular effort struck close to home. A Lee & Associates Cincinnati employee working remotely in Punta Gorda, Florida lost the roof to her home and more rain was expected. Jerry Messonnier, President and Principal in the Naples/Ft. Meyers office rushed to her aid and installed a temporary tarp to protect her furnishings. This scene was replayed countless times throughout the region as Lee & Associates employees helped with the removal of debris from homes and mapped out plans to make residences safe to inhabit again. The work is continuing through the Florida region.

Immediately after the war in Ukraine broke out earlier this year, CompassionateLEE initiated a program to solicit support employees and relatives of Klik Solutions, an information technology services company which operates dual headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and Ukraine. Many employees with the company live in Kyiv and have either been displaced or are currently part of the volunteer military due to the ongoing crisis.

“In both situations the response from the Lee & Associates professionals was swift, robust, and impressive,” explained Jordan. “Word spread quickly about the efforts and, almost immediately, offices across the world stepped up to the plate to make generous monetary donations or to lend their support to individuals and their families impacted by both disasters."

“We still read and are reminded about the war on a daily basis but, for some, the hurricane is quickly forgotten for those living outside the Florida area. Many people have felt really helpless watching both situations unfold and CompassionateLEE provides an outlet to help and direct resources precisely to those that need immediate assistance. It is so important to work at a place that has philanthropy embedded deep in the DNA of the corporate culture and I am awed at the outpouring of support from our national network for these and other causes,” continued Jordan.

CompassionateLEE was founded in 2019 following the company’s response to the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area in the Fall of 2017, as a way to provide Lee & Associates employees a conduit to help those in need.

LEE & ASSOCIATES' COMPASSIONATELEE RALLIES NEARLY $26,000 TO SUPPORT URGENT REQUEST FOR RELIEF EFFORTS IN UKRAINE

Efforts organized through company’s CompassionateLEE program and initiated from Baltimore-based company with dual headquarters in United States and Ukraine   

 

(March 2022) – Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America, responded to an urgent request from a company with dual headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and Kyiv, Ukraine by rallying nearly $26,000 in less than three business days to support two groups with ongoing relief efforts. The first $3,000 was raised within an hour of the first request. Organized through the company’s CompassionateLEE program, which regularly supports important causes of this nature, a request for money and supplies was distributed throughout the corporate network of offices and an immediate response was generated. Kate Jordan, a Partner with Lee & Associates Maryland, functions as the Chairperson for CompassionateLEE.

The fundraising effort was first initiated by Lee & Associates’ client, Goodier Properties, the owner of 1000 Key Highway in Baltimore City, on behalf of its tenant Klik Solutions, an information technology services company which has dual headquarters in Maryland and Ukraine. Many employees with the company live in Kyiv and have either been displaced or are currently part of the volunteer military due to the ongoing crisis.  Arthur Olshansky, CEO of Klik Solutions requested help in gathering non-perishable food items, shoes and clothing, hygiene products, blankets and bedding, tents, lighting equipment and other supplies.

“The response from the Lee & Associates family was swift, robust and impressive,” explained Kate Jordan of Lee & Associates. “Word spread quickly about the effort and, almost immediately, offices across the country stepped up to the plate to make generous monetary donations to support Klik’s efforts.  Our financial contributions, coupled with the overwhelming donations of clothing equipment and supplies, and the physical help of many neighbors, allowed Klik to quickly and efficiently get everything packed up, loaded on an airplane and sent overseas within a week. Many of us have experienced an overwhelming sense of helplessness watching this situation unfold, so we are grateful for the opportunity to help in some way, as well as the generosity of the entire Lee family. It is so important to work at a place that has philanthropy embedded deep in the DNA of the corporate culture, and both Lee and Klik proved that this is a pivotal component part of who we are as people and a collective company. It was stunning to witness the immediacy of this effort. We are all thinking of Arthur, his coworkers and the people of Ukraine during this time of unimaginable terror. In the days since the initial request, we have also been able to allocate additional funds towards the New York City Police Department’s efforts to sent medical supplies to the Ukraine as well,” Jordan added.
 
Lee & Associates' CompassionateLEE & Advisory Group Create Cookbook to Raise Money for the Warrick Dunn Charities: Sculpt Program

(March 2022) – Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America, recently partnered their non-profit and Advisory Group together to raise money for the Warrick Dunn Charities: Sculpt Program. The groups designed and produced a cookbook comprised of recipes from its Lee & Associates professionals in the Fall of 2021. The book sold over 400 copies and was marketed on the basis that all proceeds from the sale would be donated to charity.

The WDC SCULPT program was developed to bridge the gap between low-moderate income families and nutrition & wellness resources necessary to live healthier lifestyles. Driven by its purpose to improve the quality of lives academically, socially, and economically, WDC provides a “hand up” to families and children through our four programs, Homes for the Holidays, Count on Your Future, Hearts for Community Services Scholarships, and SCULPT Sustainable Living Workshops.

Since 1997 thousands of children and families have benefited from WDC’s programming. The Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program has provided opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. Recognizing the dire need for support following the purchase of a new home, WDC launched three additional programs to provide pathways for HFTH recipients and members of the community in key areas: 1) Financial Literacy 2) College Scholarships, and 3) Health & Wellness - to help families manage household finances and financial well-being in addition to the physical well-being. To learn more, please click on the image below:

 

About CompassionateLEE
Lee & Associates' 501C-3 charitable organization, CompassionateLEE, was founded in 2019 and is focused on bringing people together to assist our Lee family members and others in our communities in times of crisis. Our goal is to provide the members of our organization with an opportunity to extend a hand of support in our local communities during an emergency or wherever we see a chance that someone may need our help. Money raised goes towards offering support when emergencies arise and to other worthy causes outside of our own organization to do our part to make the world a better place. Visit https://www.lee-associates.com/compassionatelee/

OUR 2022 DONORS

PLATINUM DONORS | $1,500+
John Sharpe
Lee & Associates Industry
Lee & Associates Pacific Northwest

GOLD DONORS | $1,000+
David Brandt
Richard Peterson

SILVER DONORS | $500+
Amanda Hahnemann
Betsy Sihner
Billy Moultrie
Brian Knowles
Candice Chevaillier
Chris Peterson
Christian Mattson
Chris Nachtrab
David Howard
Jeffrey Rinkov

 
Jennifer Kreider
John Battle
Peter Rasmusson
Sean Durkin
Stuart Williams
Tony Kusak
Troy Gessel
Yeh-Hee Hahn
Zane Shiras

BRONZE DONORS | $250+
Andrea Johnson
Kyle Prosser
Mike Furay
Thomas Brown

OUR 2021 DONORS

PLATINUM DONORS | $1,500+
Chris Garcia
Christian Mattson
Duane Poppe
John Sharpe
Justin Tunnell
Lee & Associates Houston
Lee & Associates Industry
Mike Spears
Mike Sutter

SILVER DONORS | $500+
Jack Cline
Jeffrey Rinkov
Jim Martin
Lee & Associates Riverside/Temecula
Nanette Yoshimi
Thomas Leger
Todd Spencer

BRONZE DONORS | $250+
George Flynn

OUR 2020 DONORS

PLATINUM DONORS | $1,500+
Duane Poppe
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Justin Tunnell
Lee & Associates Houston
Mike Spears
Rochon Corporation

GOLD DONORS | $1,000+
Chris Garcia
Lee & Associates LA North
Lee & Associates Orange
Mark Cascagnette

SILVER DONORS | $500+
Jeffrey Rinkov
Jim Martin
John Sharpe
Lee & Associates North San Diego County
Lee & Associates Washington, DC
Mudge & Associates
Nanette Yoshimi
Todd Spencer

BRONZE DONORS | $250+
Aida Rodriguez
Allan Riorda
Brett Chambless
Brian Bourassa
Mary Eckel

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is my financial information secure throughout the donating process?

PayPal helps keep your transaction secure by not sharing your full financial information. This layer of security disintermediates CompassionateLEE from collecting unnecessary data, but enables the organization to collect your donation.

How can I be sure my payment went through?

Any time you send a donation through PayPal the system will send you an email to confirm the transaction. As a reminder, if you ever receive a confirmation email for a PayPal transaction you did not make, alert PayPal right away and an investigation will be launched.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. Every donor gets a tax receipt from PayPal for each donation they make. PayPal sends tax receipts to donors by email.

How do I request a refund for a donation?

Donations to CompassionateLEE through PayPal are generally not refundable. If your donation was made in error, or was not authorized by you, review PayPal’s Donation Refund Policy to learn more.

How can I support CompassionateLEE on a regular basis?

PayPal provides a checkbox at the time of transaction labeled “Make this a monthly donation.” Once selected, you’ll authorize PayPal to pay CompassionateLEE each month. You can change or cancel a recurring donation anytime in your PayPal account settings.

BOARD MEMBERS

Kate Jordan, Chairperson
Kandi Jaeger, President
Marlene Spritzer, Treasurer
Christian Mattson, Board Member
Susan Wilson, Board Member
Ben Tapper, Board Member
Dan Goaley, Board Member
Monica Laisatrukli, Board Member
Chris Hillman, Board Member

 

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