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".
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).
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.
Assistant General Counsel and Director
Bank of America, Global Transaction Services
Vice President & General Counsel
Golden State Warriors
Michael W. Kelly
Managing Partner, Northern California
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Jones Day LLP