Grant Thornton Launches Funding For Emerging NPOs

Accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP has launched Purple Paladins – a national program that provides nonprofits with funding, business advice and volunteer support, while also helping them share their stories with thousands of people.

The firm and its professionals kicked off Purple Paladins by surprising their first recipient — Chicago nonprofit Coming Up Rosies  with multiple donations adding up to more than $70,000. Coming Up Rosies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides “smile kits” to hospitals so children – particularly those suffering from hair loss – can engage in therapeutic art activities to create custom head scarves, neck scarves and superhero capes based on their own unique designs.

“We started Purple Paladins to help real people who take on real issues,” said Brad Preber, interim CEO of Grant Thornton. “We are focusing on emerging nonprofits with noble ambitions. Our goal is simple: Help them go from start-up to sustainable.”

The public can donate to Coming Up Rosies by visiting the nonprofit’s website.

The Purple Paladins program derives its name from the word paladin, a term used in the Middle Ages to describe knights in armor, and from Grant Thornton’s purple-hued brand theme. Grant Thornton views modern-day paladins as leading champions of a cause.

Grant Thornton is currently identifying additional nonprofits for support through its Purple Paladins program. To learn more about Purple Paladins or to nominate a nonprofit for potential support, visit Grant Thornton’s website.