United States: Aim High’s Youth Programs Spark Interest at San Francisco Law Firm
Last Updated: March 14 2005

SAN FRANCISCO – Global law firm Pillsbury Winthrop LLP has been identified by the San Francisco-based non-profit organization Aim High as a model corporate sponsor to its innovative educational institutions and programs. This fiscal year, the firm has raised over $16,000 for the organization, encouraged by a three-year commitment and a two-for-one company matching program that instantly triples all attorney or staff donations.

Dedicated corporate matching programs, as exhibited by Pillsbury Winthrop, are extremely important to Aim High and other similar non-profit organizations based on a critical need for stable funding. Without this type of consistent positive cash flow, many of Aim High’s most important services would fall into jeopardy.

"It is such a privilege to have Pillsbury Winthrop as a sponsor," says Alec Lee Jr., executive director of Aim High. "They not only recognize the value of our programs, but they do all they can to help us realize our goals."

Pillsbury Winthrop was first introduced to Aim High through one of their long-standing real estate clients, Shorenstein Company LLC, whose Chairman, Douglas Shorenstein, and President, Glenn Shorenstein, serve on Aim High’s Board of Directors, and who also strongly support the organization.

"We are so impressed by the work Aim High has accomplished in the past two decades and are proud to be affiliated with this worthy community cause," says Robert Herr, partner in Pillsbury Winthrop’s San Francisco office. "Our firm’s two-for-one matching pledge really has only helped solidify our people’s commitment to participate."

Aim High has existed for 20 years, during which time it has helped over 4,000 young people from historically underserved neighborhoods become more enthusiastic and committed students. The organization’s principal focus is the implementation of a free annual academic summer program that serves approximately 700 middle-school students at 7 campuses throughout San Francisco and Oakland. The program features an 8 to 1 student to teacher ratio and is designed to steadfastly develop the skills, motivation and confidence required to excel in high school, which more than 95% of Aim High graduates complete.

Just last year, Aim High also began operating a year-round small, public school, Aim High Academy, that currently serves around 200 students and plans to add new a grade level each year until it becomes a 6th-12th grade institution. Aim High Academy was chosen to open through the San Francisco Small Schools Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A number of Aim High year-round and summer participants also take advantage of academic tutoring and mentoring during the school year.

Aim High currently employs about 150 faculty, over 50 of whom were themselves members of the program, yet further evidence of the program’s impact on participants.

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP is an international law firm with core practice areas in capital markets, real estate, financial services, litigation, intellectual property, global energy and technology. The firm has 16 offices worldwide. For further information, please visit www.pillsburywinthrop.com.

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