MY MUSEUM: Maynard Cooper is extremely philanthropic through charitable contributions, pro bono services, and attorney involvement in the community. Why do you feel it is important to support non-profit organizations?
MARK DREW: As one of the firm’s founding principles, giving back to the community is an important part of the firm’s culture and is a priority that drives our charitable efforts. Our firm and our people are very blessed in many ways, so we feel a real obligation to give back and share our success. Our hope is that our charitable efforts create a ripple effect among our employees, friends, and family.
MM: Maynard Cooper was once again voted one of Birmingham’s “Best Places to Work” by the Birmingham Business Journal. Do you think your employees view support of the Museum and associated benefits as a factor in this?
MD: I do believe the benefits that our firm receives, as part of our continued support of the Museum, play a role in our employees’ overall satisfaction in the workplace. We strive to maintain an environment that allows each employee to feel productive, inspired, and valued. Sharing the Museum’s sponsorship benefits with our employees is a wonderful way to show our appreciation for their hard work.
MM: From your perspective of working at one of the largest law firms in the city, how do you think the Museum helps Birmingham attract and retain businesses?
MD: Our city’s cultural attractions are critical to our ability to attract and retain businesses. Museums are front and center on a company’s mind when considering different cities and cultural opportunities; and we are very lucky to have such an exceptional art museum in Birmingham.
MM: Maynard Cooper is a long-time supporter of the Museum. Why do you support the Museum and the arts in Birmingham?
MD: For all the reasons already mentioned, the Museum is a real gem for the City of Birmingham and all surrounding areas. We know that the Museum plays a significant role in the success and attractiveness of our community. The arts are vital to the long-term well being of our city.
MM: How does your support of the Museum and other non-profit organizations help you to stand out among competitors?
MD: I don’t know that our charitable giving makes us necessarily stand out from our competitors. In general, Birmingham is a very giving community, and that includes most of our law firms and lawyers. We give because we are able to, and we believe it is the right thing to do.