Steven M. Demar of Kaufman Rossin talks about his involvement in the community
Which organization are you involved in and what is its mission?
I’m involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2-and-a-half to 18 years with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and cancer. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national organization, and I’m involved with its Southern Florida chapter.
Tell us about your role with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
I am the former chairman of the board and treasurer of the organization. I have been involved and presently take on a fundraising and advisory role. I have also been involved as a wish granter.
What prompted you to get involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation?
For me, it’s gratifying to give back to the community. I have a soft spot for helping kids, and a friend of mine introduced me to the organization more than 15 years ago. I jumped right in and have volunteered with Make-A-Wish Foundation ever since.
What inspired you to coordinate a Tacky Sweater Day for Make-A-Wish Foundation?
First, I want to build awareness of the organization and let people know what it does for children and their families. Someone might have a family member or neighbor who can benefit from the foundation’s efforts.
Second, I want to raise money to support Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission to make kids’ dreams come true. I would love to raise enough money so we can sponsor a wish.
What is your advice for others who are thinking about getting involved in the community?
Find an organization with objectives you believe in and have a passion for. Enjoy the volunteer work you’ll be doing and don’t simply participate for business reasons. I have a need for giving back, and volunteering with Make-A-Wish satisfies that need. You should feel the same way when helping out organizations of your choice.
Steven M. Demar, CPA, is an entrepreneurial services principal at Kaufman Rossin, which serves businesses, law firms and high-net-worth individuals. Kaufman Rossin is one of the top CPA and advisory firms in the U.S. Steven can be reached at email@example.com.