Making an impact in our community, one step at a time.
Since 1962, Aronson LLC has been serving the Metro area business community. Over the years, we have dedicated funds and efforts toward charitable goals, each year establishing higher goals to work toward. Aronson LLC continuously looks for ways in which to give more back to the people who have made this community such a wonderful place in which to do business and live. We see a vibrant future and, in 2004, established the Aronson Foundation to help achieve that vision.
The Foundation grants charitable contributions to organizations who have dedicated themselves to providing services that enhance our world and help the people in it thrive and succeed. All of this is made possible through the generosity and enthusiasm of Aronson LLC's team members.
The Aronson Foundation is a public charity which coordinates contributions from Aronson team members to allocate funds in two different ways. Grants are given to charities working to further children's causes; these charities are selected through a thorough and comprehensive application and review process by the Aronson Foundation Board of Directors. Other allocations will be made for charities that have been recommended to the Foundation by Aronson LLC team members. These organizations have been chosen for their efforts in improving the community as a whole.
The Aronson Foundation recently gave a generous gift to Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) at the recommendation of Aronson Managing Partner and BBAR Board of Directors Treasurer, Jeffrey P. Capron. This contribution will support the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC). The mission of BBAR is to improve the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management, and financial oversight of THEARC. Through a collaboration of partner organizations, THEARC provides access to high quality educational, health, cultural, recreation, and social service programs. By providing these programs, BBAR and its partners aim to contribute to the revitalization of the community in Southeast Washington, D.C. “On behalf of [BBAR], [we] would like to thank you for the generous donation,” remarked Edmund Fleet, Executive Director, Building Bridges Across the River. “In Ward 8, where THEARC is located, just over half of the children live in poverty and more than two-thirds come from single-parent households. Since its official opening in 2005, THEARC has already served over 85,000 residents of Southeast DC community with the offered social and cultural programs.”
The Aronson Foundation is proud to support the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in a multi-year commitment for its new 4+1 Program in Accounting. The 4+1 Accounting Program will allow students to complete additional coursework and graduate in five years with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Accounting. The Aronson Foundation’s support will help fund scholarships for the fifth year of the program, which is substantially more expensive than the previous four. The average in-state cost for a graduate program year is $45,000 compared to $9,500 for the in-state undergraduate program. “We are thrilled to support the University of Maryland on this exciting initiative,” commented Kevin Gerrity, Aronson LLC’s Director of Recruiting. He continued, “The University of Maryland has provided Aronson top talent for more than 50 years. Many of our partners, managers, and associates are proud Terps, and we are thrilled to give back to the University.”
The Aronson Foundation recently gave a gift to the Children’s Defense Fund in support of their “Beat the Odds” celebration, at the recommendation of Partners Greg Plotts and Craig Stevens. The “Beat the Odds” program identifies and rewards youths in cities around the country who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders. Each student receives a $10,000 scholarship, a laptop computer, guidance through the college admissions process, and an invitation to join CDF’s youth servant leadership development programs — putting them on the path to college, successful adulthood, and sustained child advocacy.
The Aronson Foundation recently gave a gift to the Friendship Place in support of their Friendship Walk at the recommendation of and in coordination with Aronson LLC partner and Finance Committee Member, Hope Lane. All proceeds from the 1.5 mile walk will benefit Friendship Place programs. Friendship Place is a nonprofit organization that offers the most effective model for addressing homelessness, with innovative programs that empower participants to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs, and reconnect with friends, family, and the community, permanently. They strive to end homelessness in Washington, DC, and lead the way in modeling how this can be done in other parts of the country.
The Aronson Foundation recently gave a gift to Arena Stage in support of their fundraising event, An Evening with Ana Gasteyer, which will honor Beth Newburger Schwartz and her contributions to the Washington D.C. community. All proceeds from the fundraiser will raise funds for critical theater activities and will ensure that Arena Stage will continue to challenge, educate, and engage with audiences. Beth Newburger Schwartz will be presented with a new award named in her honor at the fundraiser event. The award will be given annually to a woman in the Washington, D.C. community whose life and career have made important contributions to the city, not just in the arts, but in all areas of public life. The Aronson Foundation is proud to join Arena Stage in supporting and celebrating such an extraordinary woman.