So many members of the Clarke community have been making an incredible impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are eager to share some of their stories and celebrate their indispensable work, both inside and outside the home.
Clarke New York preschoolers playing in their classroom, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Corporate Citizenship Spotlight: CVC Capital Partners, Clarke Volunteer
Matching Gifts and the Power of Philanthropy
Established in 1981, CVC Capital Partners is a private equity and investment firm with a network of 23 offices around the globe. CVC and the Community is CVC’s network-wide philanthropy program that aims to improve the lives and prospects of children and young people in local communities and those touched by CVC’s portfolio companies. The program focuses on four areas where CVC’s donations, skills and knowledge can make the most impact: education, employability, enterprise and venture philanthropy. In addition, the firm offers a donation-matching program for their staff, which was enhanced to contribute to COVID-19-related projects supported by its employees. In the summer of 2020, a CVC staff member selected Clarke New York as a beneficiary of this match.
The CVC employee’s involvement with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech began when their now college-age son volunteered at Clarke New York during middle and high school. When the family learned that CVC was offering a 2:1 match for donations aimed at COVID-19 relief initiatives, they made a generous donation which CVC doubly matched.
“I am very proud of my firm for supporting me and all our employees with a very generous matching program during the pandemic,” the donor shared, choosing to remain anonymous. “For us it is about supporting Clarke and not about receiving recognition more broadly.”
This donation directly supports children at Clarke and their families, providing critical support and materials related to COVID-19 when so many families are seeking safe, uninterrupted learning for their children. Thanks to charitable contributions like these, children who are deaf or hard of hearing will continue to have access to the life-changing services Clarke provides.