MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (December 17, 2020) — NorthMarq’s Baltimore office selected HOPE for All, a Baltimore-area nonprofit that provides basic necessities to families and individuals, as its recipient of a 2020 Community Involvement Grant.
Founded by Leo and Diane Zerhusen as a non-profit in 2004, HOPE for All offers clothes, furniture, housewares, and personal items to families and individuals without sufficient economic resources. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, they served more than 2,400 individuals and were recognized as Outstanding Nonprofit by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Joe Burke, managing director – NorthMarq’s Baltimore office, nominated the organization based upon his personal involvement with them for several years. In addition to the company’s donation, Burke also organized matching funds from the nine employees in the Baltimore office. “HOPE for All serves an important function in our area, and Mr. Zerhusen has spent his life doing various charity work. I’m proud that we are able to support their critical work.”
“Many of our families have really struggled this year during the pandemic, and this donation will go a long way in helping us provide for their basic needs," said Executive Director Constance Cooper.
In the third year of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement Grant program, the company has awarded grants to 18 non-profits in 16 cities. The program solicits nominations from each local office, and had an increase of 20 percent from 2019, with a total of 18 non-profits focused on affordable housing and reducing homelessness receiving these grants in 2020. NorthMarq’s 2020 grant to New Hope Housing represents its third award under the Community Involvement Grant program.