Taylor Financial’s Community Support
“I cannot tell you anything that, in a few minutes, will tell you how to be rich. But I can tell you how to feel rich–which is far better, let me tell you first hand, than being rich. Be grateful.” — Ben Stein, Economic Commentator
We are grateful for our work and for our wonderful friends, associates, and clients who make it all so enjoyable. At Taylor Financial Group, we believe that giving back is a big part of being grateful and we make it part of our culture, which is why we donate anywhere from 5-10% of our revenue to charitable causes every year. Some of the organizations, charities and causes that benefit from our giving include:
- The Valley Hospital (Annual Golf Outing Sponsor and Volunteer Trustee)
- Montclair Kimberly Academy (Leading Gift for Development of Muenster Field)
- JFK Medical Center (Annual Golf Outing Sponsor)
- Heifer International (Annual Donation of Biogas Stoves for an Entire Village in Rwanda)
- Toys for Tots (Annual Gift Collection and Donation)
- Christian Health Care Centers (Annual Golf Classic Sponsor and Monthly Volunteer)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Annual Donation)
- Franklin Lakes Education Foundation (Annual Donation)
- FLOW Follies (Annual Sponsor)
- National MS Society
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- ALS Association
- and many more!
In addition to financial support, the members of the Taylor Financial Group team donate a great deal of their time to local charitable causes, as well. Below are some of our recent service projects and efforts on behalf of local charities.
We are so excited that we were able to collect 97 toys through our Toys for Tots toy drive this year, beating last year’s collection. If it wasn’t for the generous donations of our TFG family, we would not have been able to accomplish this. Thank you to everyone who participated!
This Thanksgiving, on behalf of our clients, we donated two heifers to families in need through Heifer International. These gifts go a long way! A heifer can produce up to four gallons of milk a day, which can provide enough for a family to drink and share with their neighbors, as well as sell at market! Protein-rich milk can improve the health of sick, malnourished children. And selling extra milk provides much-needed income for food, medicine, schooling and more. Not to mention that a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, which means families can pass on the gift to help their neighbors, too! We feel blessed that we are able to support Heifer International each year – we think it’s the best gift we can give!
Taylor Financial Group sponsored the Race for Hope 5K on Saturday, October 14th in Wayne, NJ. Race for Hope helps raise money for Hope Ministries and The Community Food Bank of NJ, which provide food, clothing, and other necessities to people in need, including entire families. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night in the United States, more than half a million people experience homelessness. Taylor Financial Group is honored to have had the opportunity to sponsor such a great cause, and we look forward to doing it again next year.
Steve and Mel participated, as well, by volunteering and running in the race.
This Labor Day Weekend, we had the honor of being able to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Through Steve’s Hackensack Rotary affiliation, we donated food and supplies to be delivered to Houston with the help of International Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHAF). Pastor Andy Topp, the Founder of IHAF, personally flew the food and supplies to the Houston area.
We are so grateful we could be a part of something so meaningful, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Houston (and other areas recently affected by hurricanes).
As in past years, Taylor Financial Group once again supported Mel in her volunteer and fundraising efforts with Royal Family KIDS Camp. Mel volunteers at a week-long summer camp for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. In addition to her donation of time, Mel also helps raise money for the camp to be able to host as many children as possible.
January – June 2017
Starting in January 2017, we launched a Women & Investing Workshop Series with the goal of providing what we believe to be a much-needed community service – to educate and empower women to take charge of their future! The workshop series was received with such enthusiasm and interest, that we expanded the series to include Weeknight Encore Workshops open to all, allowing married couples, sons and daughters, and other family members to attend these workshops together. It has been such a blessing and honor to be able to provide this free service for people to learn about all aspects of financial planning, including Retirement Planning, Investment Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Social Security, and Budget Planning, among other topics that we continue to develop.
In the first half of 2017 (our Spring Semester), we held a total of 13 workshops, with over 60 women attending, including many who returned month after month. We are SO excited that these workshops have been able to help so many, and we look forward to continuing our workshop series in the Fall Season. Stay tuned for our Fall Workshop Schedule coming soon, which you can view on our Events page by clicking here.
Steve raised funds for and organized the Annual YCS Christmas Party for the children of Hackensack’s Youth Consultation Services (YCS), an organization that provides services to thousands of New Jersey families who have children (from birth through adulthood) with special needs. Approximately 35 special needs children attended the party, and they were all excited to see Santa (a.k.a. Steve). Mel participated too, as Santa’s little helper.
Every year, Taylor Financial Group supports Mel in her volunteer and fundraising efforts with Royal Family KIDS. Mel volunteers at a week-long summer camp for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. In addition to her donation of time, Mel also helps raise money for the camp to be able to host as many children as possible.
Our very own Mel traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico with her church, on a mission trip to reach the many impoverished children and families there. Mel helped raise over $33,000 to support the trip and the people of Guadalajara. We are proud of Mel and support all of her volunteer and fundraising efforts.
Debbie attended The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Spring Wine Tasting, as well as two luncheons featuring speakers Ali Stroker, actress and singer, and Kristine Johnson, co-anchor at CBS News 2. The Auxiliary has a reputation as one of our nation’s premier hospital volunteer organizations, for its efforts in raising funds and establishing community. Debbie is a proud member of the Auxiliary.
This Holiday Season, together with the help of our clients and friends, we were able to donate many toys to help children in need have a cheerful Christmas!
This Thanksgiving, on behalf of our clients, Taylor Financial Group again donated biogas stoves to an entire village in Rwanda. It is such an honor to be able to support Heifer International! To learn more about our donation and Heifer click here.
Debbie and Mel ran the Race for Hope on October 17th to help raise money to feed the homeless through Hope Ministries and the Food Bank of NJ.
In October, we participated in Christian Health Care Centers’ “Young at Heart” activities day. What great time!
Debbie attended The Valley Hospital Foundation 35th Anniversary Gala on September 25, 2015, where Taylor Financial Group was a corporate sponsor of the event. Debbie continues to serve as a Volunteer Trustee of The Valley Hospital and we are proud to support the Foundation in its 35th year of success.
We visited Christian Health Care Centers this month to participate in a fun brownie baking demonstration for some of the residents. We love our friends at CHCC!
Mel volunteered a week of her vacation time to serve as a staff member at Royal Family Kids Camp (RFKC), a camp that provides an opportunity for abused and neglected children in the foster care system to receive the love and care they lack and so desperately need. To honor Mel’s volunteer efforts, Taylor Financial Group returned three of her vacation days to her allowance and donated to RFKC’s annual fund. We are proud to support Mel and RFKC in their mission to love those in need.
Steve and Melinda donated blood for Community Blood Services. Some Facts: Less than 5% of the population donates blood yet 80% will need it at some time in their lives, and every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood. If you’re interested in donating blood, check out locations and opportunities at the Community Blood Services website.
Members of the TFG Team joined the Hackensack Rotary to feed the homeless in Hackensack. It was a special time.
Taylor Financial Group spent some time at Christian Health Care Centers this month to enjoy the outdoors with our friends – we had lemonade and cookies, and listened to music on the patio.
Taylor Financial Group is proud to support Kean University in their mission to provide a world class education.
As part of her efforts as a Volunteer Trustee of The Valley Hospital, Debbie attends many Valley Hospital events. On June 2nd, she attended the Valley Hospital Auxiliary Ladies Annual Spring Lunch with Carol Alt, bestselling author, cancer survivor and supermodel. Debbie noted that it was a wonderful event!
Taylor Financial Group was proud to support the North Jersey Federal Credit Union (NJFCU) Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, at its 6th Annual Above & Beyond Golf Classic on June 1st. Proceeds from the event benefited Autism Radio and the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic.
May 2015 – We’ve been busy this month!
Mel and Steve visited the Christian Health Care Center again. This time, they played Bingo! The residents of CHCC are truly amazing! We love spending time with them.
Debbie is a Volunteer Trustee of The Valley Hospital and attended the 5th Annual Women for Health Luncheon, where she had the opportunity to meet Joan Lunden, former co-host of Good Morning America, and hear of her inspiring and courageous battle with breast cancer.
Mel and Steve donated blood at their local blood drive!
As part of Taylor Financial Group’s monthly volunteer efforts at the Christian Health Care Center, Mel and Steve visited in April to volunteer at a “picnic” for the residents and took part in potato sack races, egg races, and other fun games.
This year, we are volunteering with Christian Health Care Centers in Wyckoff, NJ once a month to help them care for the many elderly residents they so lovingly watch over. We are excited and humbled by the opportunity.
Taylor Financial Group is proud to have joined Toys for Tots this year in their effort to donate toys to less fortunate children. What a great experience and blessing!
This Thanksgiving, on behalf of our clients, Taylor Financial Group donated biogas stoves to an entire village in Rwanda. We are so proud to support Heifer International!
Taylor Financial Group is proud to support Melinda and Fred’s Team as they join together with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the fight against cancer.
Taylor Financial Group sponsored the 15th Annual Cougar Cup Golf Classic. We are so proud to be able to support Kean University in their mission to provide a world class education.
Debbie with Kean’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and President of the Kean University Foundation, Carla Willis, and former NY Giant, George Martin.
Taylor Financial Group completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge