Philanthropy & Community Service

Service to the community and the legal profession is one of the major tenets of Verrill Dana’s Statement of Principles. Verrill Dana’s staff and attorneys are deeply committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work. We are proud of our contributions of human and financial resources to support the important work of charitable and non-profit organizations throughout New England.

The following is a summary of Verrill Dana’s community and charitable commitments for 2010:

- Verrill Dana attorneys volunteered more than 3,000 hours to the pro bono representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation. In recent years, the firm has been recognized by the Maine Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Project for accepting the most volunteer cases, and for dedicating the most hours of any Maine law firm.

- More than 70% of Verrill Dana’s attorneys serve as trustees or board members for 130 different non-profit organizations, which serve a wide range of community needs, including:

º  Animal Refuge League
º  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine
º  Boston Symphony Orchestra
º  Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
º  Environmental Business Council of New England
º  Friends of Casco Bay
º  Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
º  Institute for Family Owned Business
º  The Jackson Lab
º  Maine Children’s Cancer Program
º  Maine Company
º  MaineHealth
º  Maine Humanities Council
º  Maine Medical Center
º  Maine Small Enterprise Growth Fund
º  Maine State Chamber of Commerce
º  Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
º  New England Conservatory
º  Pine Tree Legal Services
º  Port Resources
º  Portland Ballet
º  Portland Public Library
º  Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
º  Portland Symphony Orchestra
º  Salvation Army
º  Spurwink Services
º  Tech Maine
º  United Way of Greater Portland
º  VNA Home Health and Hospice
º  Wayside Soup Kitchen

- Verrill Dana’s staff and employees generously give of their personal time to provide volunteer services throughout the community. One team of dedicated volunteers served meals at the Preble Street Resource Center’s soup kitchen regularly throughout the year. 

- EVERY attorney at Verrill Dana contributed to the 2010 Campaign for Justice, an annual statewide fundraising effort within Maine's legal community on behalf of six civil legal aid providers. No other firm our size has achieved 100% participation since 2006.

- The Verrill Dana Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 in grants to public health-related initiatives through the Maine Community Foundation.

- Verrill Dana has served as a major sponsor of MS Harborfest since 2004.

- Over 35 local organizations have been the recipients of charitable donations from Verrill Dana, totaling over $25,000. Recipients include:

º  American Heart Association
º  Bangor YMCA
º  Center for Grieving Children
º  Concern Worldwide
º  Girl Scouts
º  Good Shepherd Food Bank
º  LearningWorks
º  Maine Children’s Cancer Program
º  Mercy Hospital
º  Opportunity Farm
º  Portland Museum of Art
º  Space Gallery
º  Sweetser
º  Victoria Mansion

- Verrill Dana serves as the proud sponsor for many events that support local organizations. More than $40,000 was given in event sponsorships to organizations and programs such as: 

º  Maine Businesses for Sustainability
º  Maine Center for Enterprise Development
º  Maine Civil Liberties Union
º  Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
º  Maine Public Broadcasting Network
º  Maine Women’s Fund
º  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England

- Partners, staff and employees raised $55,000 for the 2011 United Way Campaign. Verrill Dana’s fundraising on behalf of the United Way over the past five years exceeds $340,000. 15% of the proceeds have been directed to hunger and food insecurity programs in Maine and Massachusetts.

Throughout our 150 year history, Verrill Dana’s people have been active and dedicated members of our community and we look forward to the next 150 years of professional and public service.