McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation

McKenna Long & Aldridge has long been committed to civic leadership, social justice and philanthropy. Several years ago, the Partners decided to institutionalize this practice by establishing a private foundation that would partner with our people and our communities and provide an outward expression of our internal values. 

Thus, the Foundation acts as a natural extension of the McKenna Long & Aldridge strategic priorities and purposefully reflects who we are and what we care about. The McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation invests where we can be a part of solving problems, righting wrongs and ensuring justice. The Foundation invests where our people are actively involved. In any given month, our people contribute countless hours volunteering, offering pro bono legal support or serving on the boards and committees of local nonprofit organizations. Together, we are responsive to community issues and partner to extend the impact of our mutual commitments.   

To date, the McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation has contributed more than $2.3M  to our local communities. In 2012 alone the Foundation made targeted grants totally more than $662,000.  In alignment with our core strengths as a Firm, 56 percent of our giving went to organizations focused on providing legal services to those facing adversity as well as organizations promoting justice.  Seventeen percent of our gifts went to address issues facing children in crisis. An additional 10 percent was invested in organizations caring for those who are homeless or fighting poverty. Five percent supported conservation efforts. Finally, 12 percent was awarded to organizations where vast numbers of our people are investing their time in valuable endeavors or to provide emergency relief when our communities endured unforeseen tragedy.

In 2012, the McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation invested in 94 worthy organizations making a meaningful difference in our communities:

Legal Services and the Promotion of Justice

ACLU
Anti-Defamation League
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese Legal Network
Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Children's Law Center
Colorado Lawyers Committee
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Council for Court Excellence
DC Bar Foundation
DC Bar Pro Bono Program
DC Law Students in Court
Federal Bar Council
Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network
Georgia Association of Woman Lawyers
Georgia First Amendment Foundation
Georgia Justice Project
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Neighborhood Legal Services
Pro Bono Partnership Atlanta
San Diego County Bar Foundation
San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program
The Fund for Modern Courts
The Polaris Project (The Dream Foundation)
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Washington Lawyers' Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
Whitman Walker Clinic

Children with specific focus on the issues facing children in crisis

ACE Mentorship
Armed Services YMCA - Camp Pendleton
Atlanta Children's Shelter
Bayhill High School
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council
Carrie Steele-Pitts Home for Children
CentroNia
Denver Debate
Everybody Wins!
Iwdji Education Fund
Jewish Family & Career Services' Community of Caring
Kate's Club
KIPP Schools
Larkin Street Youth Services
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Monarch School
Project GRAD USA
Teach for America, Metro Atlanta
The Alliance for Children's Rights
The Law Pipeline Program, Inc.
The United Methodist Children's Home
Vital Voices
Walden Family Services
Youth Villages

Housing, Homelessness and Issues of Poverty

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Buildable Hours for Habitat for Humanity
Capital Area Food Bank
City of Refuge
Father Joe's Villages
Gifts for the Homeless
HomeAid San Diego
Photocharity
Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Atlanta

Conservation

Friends of John Jay Homestead
Georgia Conservancy
Nature Conservancy of Georgia
Rivers Alive

Special Considerations

All About Developmental Disabilities
ALS Association of Greater New York
American Heart Association - "Lawyers Have Heart"
Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Autism Speaks
Community First Foundation - Aurora Tragedy
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Connecticut
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City - Hurricane Sandy Relief
Men's Guild Children's Hospital
Muscular Dystrophy Association
New Children's Museum
NextStep Fitness
Operation Homefront
Race for the Cure
Senior Community Center of San Diego
The Museum of Contemporary Art
United Way of the National Capital Area
Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
World Affairs Council

MLA Foundation 2014 Board of Directors

Clay C. Long, Senior Counsel - Atlanta (Chair) 
John C. (Clint) Callan, Jr., Partner - San Francisco
Christopher F. Graham, Partner - New York
Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood, Sr. Managing Director - Washington, D.C. 
Jeffrey K. Haidet, Chairman & Partner - Atlanta
Christian D. Humphreys, Partner - San Diego
Daniel G. Jarcho, Partner - Washington, D.C.
Joann G. Jones, Partner - Atlanta
Kurt L. Kicklighter, California Executive Partner - San Diego 
Mark J. Meagher, Partner - Denver
Michael R. Udell, Partner - Los Angeles

Megan McCamey, Foundation Secretary, Atlanta
Roger Rushing, Foundation Treasurer, Atlanta

Application

If you are interested in submitting a request for consideration, please contact Megan McCamey at mmccamey@mckennalong.com.

MLA Foundation

“It is important to the partners and other professionals and employees of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP that we thoughtfully and effectively contribute to worthy organizations working to address the needs of our local communities.  Each year, the Foundation carefully considers contributions brought to us by the people of McKenna Long & Aldridge. We are pleased to support organizations that align with the Foundation mission, especially organizations in which MLA personnel provide leadership and invest their own time and money.”

Clay Long
Chairman
MLA Foundation