Our Community Involvement

In addition to providing superior legal services, our attorneys and staff recognize the importance of serving the communities where we live and work.

Whether participating in or hosting fundraisers, spending our free time helping individuals in need or offering leadership and guidance on various non-profit boards of directors, our employees constantly find new ways to give back to our communities.

Our Community Connections Committee was formed to help organize the philanthropic interests of our attorneys and staff members and translate them into concrete actions. In 2006, we established the Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and contributes to the local, regional and national charities selected by our Community Connections Committee each year.

Each year we are excited to participate in the United Way Campaign and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Motion for Kids, as well as the various races for causes such as the Komen Race for the Cure, Alzheimer’s Association walk, Run for Little Hearts and Head for the Cure.

Our Community Connections Committee also organizes firm-wide events throughout the year to raise funds for selected charities, including our annual Trivia Night, Thanksgiving Luncheon and Bake Auction featuring items baked and prepared by our members and their families. In addition to our efforts for our primary charitable organizations, we raise money within our firm by hosting dress-down days and other events for elected secondary charitable organizations in the area. 

For 2019, our Community Connections Committee elected and proudly supports:

Partners for Pets

Partners For Pets is a licensed, 501(c)(3), no-kill animal rescue located in Troy, Illinois.  Partners for Pets regularly visits animal control facilities and rescues animals that have used up their time, need medical care and/or are too fragile for shelter life. Partners for Pets provides care to each animal prior to adoption. 

Gateway Pet Guardians

Gateway Pet Guardians is a non-profit animal welfare organization bringing hope to people and pets in the East St. Louis metro area by providing resources to the community in order to eliminate homelessness for dogs and cats.

Annie’s Hope

Annie’s Hope is a bereavement center focused solely on the needs of grieving children, adolescents and their families in the St. Louis region, Annie’s Hope provides comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families who are grieving a death. 

Additional charitable organizations our committee has supported in 2019 include:

For more information on our community involvement efforts, please contact:

Jessica Nitsch
Community Connections Committee Co-Chair and Treasurer