DEARBORN - Ford Motor Company has added another first to its list of accomplishments. The company’s pledge to serve the community was recognized with the 2012 CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award. The award, presented by Corporate Pro Bono, recognizes Ford’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for their needs-based partnerships in support of healthy families and nonprofit organizations. This is the first time Ford has received the prestigious honor.
In 2009, Ford partnered with Dykema Gossett PLLC, Legal Aid and Defender Association, INC and Michigan Community Resources to establish new pro bono projects to serve the needs of the community.
“At Ford, we have a strategic goal to provide opportunities for our attorneys to perform meaningful pro bono service,” said David Leitch, general counsel and group vice president of Ford Motor Company. “It’s important to support the communities in which we build and sell vehicles. This award recognizes the hard work of our Ford team and builds the momentum for our pro bono work for 2013.”
Two of Ford’s pro bono partner programs are:
Food Stamp Clinic
Food Stamp Clinic was developed with Ford and LAD to identify individuals and families who are either eligible to receive food stamps and don’t or are not receiving the amount to which they are entitled. With Ford’s help, the partnership has helped hundreds of clinic participants and has identified tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.
Nonprofit Survival Series Clinics
Ford, Dykema and MCR established the clinics to help ensure local nonprofits can continue to serve their constituents. Ford attorneys consult with community-based nonprofit organizations to identify legal issues that threaten their viability and ability to operate. At the beginning of each clinic, Dykema attorneys provide training to Ford volunteers on common issues that nonprofits face, particularly recession-related financial pressures and declining resources.
Over 40 percent of the attorneys in Ford's Office of the General Counsel have participated in the clinics since being introduced in 2009.