Giving Back to Our Community
As a company that primarily services the legal industry, Aderant has always been impressed with the pro bono initiatives taken on by our clients. We believe that community service by members of our team is a worthy and noble pursuit, and we are pleased to support and enable our employees in service projects with such incredible enthusiasm. As a company policy, Aderant employees are offered an additional day off each calendar year to volunteer in their local community.
Global Day of Service
As part of a larger initiative to promote charitable work, Aderant encourages all of its more than 500 employees worldwide to dedicate a full day of service in their respective communities. Each of the eight offices around the world select a date, a charity and a project in which to support this effort.
With three offices in the United States, two each in Europe and Australia, plus one in New Zealand, Aderant employees enthusiastically support the initiative and donate their time and talents in a variety of disciplines including toys for kids during the holidays, helping fight hunger, supporting foster child initiatives, and improving conditions at community parks.
In the past few years, employees in the home office in Atlanta have volunteered at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Foster Care Support Foundation.
“We try to do something different each year,” says Stephanie Buback, Aderant’s Global Director of Human Resources. “At Aderant we value being part of our community’s educational, scientific and cultural life, so our annual Day of Service gives us the opportunity to do that, while also providing charitable work for worthy causes.”
Atlanta Mission 5K Road Race
On February 17, 2018 Aderant had 25 employees, friends and family members who signed up to participate in the race to “run in the cold, for those who sleep in the cold.” The 2018 event raised $337,000 toward this worthy cause.
Cristo Rey Integrated Education Program
Since 2015 Aderant has partnered with Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. The partnership is a corporate work-study program geared specifically for students from lower-income families in order to help overcome financial and social obstacles to educational and professional opportunities.
Cristo Rey Atlanta is one of a network of 32 college preparatory schools across the country dedicated to providing students a unique four-year, integrated work-study experience that prepares them for success in life and in their communities. Funded by corporate donations, tuition is covered for students who attend traditional classes four days a week, and work as interns in a corporate setting one day a week. The work-study program mirrors the traditional school year, meaning four Cristo Rey students commit to working at Aderant one day a week from August through May.
“Cristo Rey Atlanta is thrilled with the partnership we have with Aderant,” said William Garrett, Cristo Rey Atlanta President. “Aderant treats our students as an important part of their workforce, providing meaningful work and expecting high quality performance from our students. This partnership with Aderant not only offsets about sixty percent of the cost of education, it also provides our students with experience and learning that simply can’t be replicated in the classroom. Aderant is truly changing the lives of our students.”
The Cristo Rey approach to education has proven successful with one hundred percent of its graduates being accepted into college. That is a mission Aderant is proud to get behind and support.
Aderant’s annual Momentum Conference is hosted in a different city each year. In the host city, Aderant donates a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
At the 2016 conference in Atlanta, a dueling pianos event saw attendees tip the musicians for requests. Aderant matched the total amount of tips and donated the funds to the Atlanta Mission.
At the 2017 conference in Chicago, Aderant partnered with the ITW David Speer Academy, a charter school that offers a STEM-focused education to underserved Chicago youth.
At the 2018 conference in Denver, some of the attendees were actually puppies that helped encourage donations to the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center.
Alex Compton, one of Aderant’s technical solutions managers, and his wife Holly are the founders of Amor Real Ministries , to fulfill the calling of 1 Corinthians 13: to exhibit true love in every endeavor and in every relationship through their ministry in Lima, Peru.
The foundation of Amor Real Ministries began in 2004 when Alex and Holly ventured as an engaged couple on their first mission trip to Peru. Hosting several women’s conferences, their team leader, Patricia “Pat” Wautlet, a compassionate and bold speaker, met women night after night who said they were being abused physically, mentally and sexually. It became her vision to build a shelter for abused women and their children there in the city of San Juan de Lurigancho. Sadly, Wautlet passed away shortly before the home was opened in 2006. Following in her idealistic footsteps, Alex and Holly moved to Peru in 2007 and took up her calling.
“We lived as missionaries, helping to run ‘Pat’s Place,’ teaching English, running a girl’s orphanage, and building a medical clinic and church,” recalls Alex. “Our passion throughout the years has grown tremendously as we have been able to help many women and children get out of their abusive situations. For us, this is an amazing accomplishment. We watch broken families (women and kids) come in the door, but after a short time, they walk out whole and healthy with a new outlook on life, and the ability to provide for their children. Our passion and love for them is what makes what we do possible.”
Today Pat’s Place houses eight women and fifteen children, which Alex and Holly hope to increase to fifteen women and twenty children, as finances allow. The women participate in a recovery program that typically lasts two years while they are encouraged in their faith, gain work experience or learn a new trade, so they can support their families upon graduation. It is the desire of Amor Real to build a new home for every graduating family to see them flourish in their community and be active members of their local church to continue to share the true love of God.