Solutions for the Greater Good.
We educate, plan and make today's goals a future reality. So why not extend these practices outside our office walls? Focus Financial Community means getting up out of a swivel chair, going past the water cooler and riding down to ground level where a wider community begins. It means investing in the betterment of our neighborhoods. It means finding more than just solutions for our clients, but solutions for the greater good. Focus knows that even though money talks, a smile and helping hand matter too.
What does this look like?
We host 4-5 charity events each year, benefiting causes wide and far. From Minnesota organizations and children in our own backyard, to national charities working to improve lives across America, all are efforts that need our help.
The very act of giving back boosts our own happiness, health and sense of well-being. - Chuck Slocum
Toys For Tots
Over the years Focus Financial has been a drop site for Toys for Tots. Our team is dedicated to helping children have a joyous holiday season. Clients are able to drop off toys at our offices as well. https://www.toysfortots.org/
The Loppet Foundation
John was first introduced to the foundation when they hosted the first "City of the Lakes Loppet" cross country ski race, one of the few urban ski races in the country. It brought kids of varying backgrounds to participate in an event they normally wouldn't have exposure to. In 2017 John was involved in fundraising for a new gathering place called "The Trailhead" at Wirth Park. The foundation is focused on integrating outdoor sports with kids in the Minneapolis area, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking, tubing and snowboarding. Find out more at: https://www.loppet.org/
Feed My Starving Children
In 2019, a team of 34 Focus Financial employees and clients, came together to pack 9,223 meals, enough to feed 25 kids for one year. We are thankful for such a great team willing to help a great cause. https://www.fmsc.org/
Minnesota Music Coalition
John's father was a firm believer in preserving the arts. He forced everyone in their family to play an instrument. John has learned how much of a gift this was. Today he is blessed to have a wonderful network of friends and band members to enjoy the journey of learning music together.
Through potluck house parties and fundraisers John chooses to give back to the arts through his interest in music. Giving to the Minnesota Music Coalition keeps that support in place for artists who need assistance in launching their professional careers. https://www.mnmusiccoalition.org/#/
Volunteer Ski Instructor
Since 2004 John has volunteered to teach an amazing group of 5th grade students at Sunset Hill Elementary that wouldn't normally get the opportunity to be exposed to winter sports, to learn how to cross country ski. Through the years, he has watched students learn and embrace Minnesota winters. Many students continued on with the sport and joined the Wayzata High School ski racing team. https://www.thesnowpros.org/
For the last 14 years, John has organized a bike day to repair used bikes to give to families that have need in his community. John, along with IOCP, a non-profit, non-religious organization in Wayzata, asked family and friends to collect, clean, and repair bikes that are in need of a new home. In 2017 John and team repaired 48 donated bikes that were then sent to IOCP for distribution. On delivery day there were many happy faces receiving bikes! https://www.iocp.org/