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Mintz and United Way Sign Innovative New Partnership Agreement to Better Community

Mintz United Way Partnership Agreement

Pictured: Front row (left to right) Richard H. Moche, Mintz Member and Chair of the Public Finance, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Environmental Division, Penni Conner, Chief Customer Service Officer at Eversource and Chair of the Board of Directors at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley;
Back row (left to right) Mintz Project Analysts Sanjay Dureseti, Katherine Wang and John Gilligan, and Mintz Member Peter A. Biagetti. (Photo courtesy of United Way)

Mintz is pleased to announce a new partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, a nonprofit organization—servicing individuals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine—focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial and health.

On behalf of Mintz, Member and Chair of the firm’s Public Finance, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Environmental Division Richard H. Moche will ceremoniously sign the multi-year partnership agreement to collaborate around a particular impact area during a meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors in Boston on October 16.

In conjunction with this formal partnership, Mintz will make a contribution of $15,000 to United Way’s Venture Fund, which provides funding to nonprofits in the region that are developing game-changing innovations to solve problems that align with United Way’s goals.

“Mintz is a longtime champion of United Way. United Way has a unique role to play as a convener and uniter—bringing together volunteers, donors, nonprofits, governments and the business community to solve big social issues. Its work in the areas of ending homelessness, moving families out of poverty, supporting young children and preparing youth for success is innovative and impactful,” said Mr. Moche, who chairs United Way’s Community Impact Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors.

“United Way has been thoughtful about engaging with Mintz, to discuss how it can partner with us to achieve our internal and external goals as a responsible member of the business community. This agreement makes sure that we remain in active conversation with United Way about achieving these goals and we are really excited about it,” he added.

Mintz’s work to support the mission of United Way began more than three decades ago, and an enthusiastic and dedicated team of lawyers and staff continue this tradition today. Since 2001, through employee giving, volunteerism and other initiatives, Mintz has raised over $3.2 million for United Way. Notably, last year alone, the firm raised more than $250,000 to aid the organization’s human services goals.

“This innovative partnership agreement—the third in New England and among the first nationwide—represents a renewed pledge to advance our shared goals for the betterment of our community,” said Penni McClean-Conner, Chair of the Board for United Way Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “We’re proud to partner with Mintz, one of the leading corporate citizens in our region,” she added.

A number of Mintz attorneys hold leadership positions with United Way.

  • In his role as Chair of the Community Impact Committee, Mr. Moche oversees United Way’s total investment in the community, ensuring that the organization is solving problems through strategic partnerships and achieving positive outcomes through its funds.
  • Mintz Member Breton Leone-Quick is a Founding Member of United Way’s Emerging Leaders Committee. He has helped to shape United Way’s Youth Venture initiative, a social entrepreneurship program that empowers young people to envision, create, and see the impact of their own youth-led business ventures.
  • Mintz Member Peter A. Biagetti serves on United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, a passionate group of corporate leaders who work to ensure ample resources are raised to meet the organization’s goals.
  • Mintz Member Brian Dunphy sits on the STEM Leadership Committee and has helped to raise funds for BoSTEM, a city-wide initiative that aims to ensure that every middle-school student in Boston Public Schools has access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning opportunities.

Separately, Mintz Project Analysts John Gilligan, Sanjay Dureseti and Katherine Wang coordinate the firm’s annual fundraising campaign for United Way, among other efforts.

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