Koko Challenge

Bay Area poverty? They're on the case.

Loosely themed around San Francisco's favorite gorilla, the Koko Challenge brings together our region's top law firms to raise awareness and funds for our fight against Bay Area poverty.

How Does It Work?

Firms commit to running an internal fundraising campaign, which typically includes a pledge drive, employee gift matching, and a series of events to raise money for United Way’s poverty-fighting work. People really go ape over their events (sorry, couldn't help ourselves)—we’ve seen everything from basketball games to poker tournaments and paper airplane contests!

Since the Koko Challenge began in 1987, more than 50 Bay Area law firms have contributed more than $32 million to United Way and other area nonprofits in their "class action against Bay Area poverty".

Who Will Be Top Banana?

The Koko Cabinet evaluates firms on a variety of criteria including dollars raised, volunteer efforts, creativity, and more. The firm that donates and volunteers the most will receive the coveted stuffed gorilla and, more importantly, bragging rights as the Bay Area’s most philanthropic firm for the next year! Firms participate within three divisions based on company size: Baby Koko (1-49 lawyers), Little Koko (50-100 lawyers), and Big Koko (100+ lawyers).

What's It All About?

Koko donations support United Way's on-the-ground programs that help struggling Bay Area residents get back on their feet. From connecting those in need with basic needs like food and shelter, to free financial coaching and tax preparation, and so much more, your support is invaluable in creating a stronger, healthier Bay Area.

Congratulations to our 2019 Koko Challenge winners!

Big Koko: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Little Koko: Jones Day LLP
Baby Koko: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Contact us at Koko@uwba.org for more information or to register your law firm in the Koko Challenge.

To find out more about the next Koko-related events please contact Channa Grebe at cgrebe@uwba.org.