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BKD donates $3.5M to charities in fiscal year

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Springfield-based BKD LLP donated more than $3.5 million to charities during its recently concluded fiscal year.

The donation amount included nearly $1.2 million for local food banks and United Way chapters, according to a news release. The public accounting firm’s fiscal 2021 ended May 31.

“This is a tremendous testament to the spirit of giving that exists within BKD,” CEO Tom Watson said in the release. “Even with all the audibles leadership had to call over the past 14 months, BKDers excelled while maintaining their sense of pride in their work and their communities.”

An initial campaign in June 2020 designed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic raised $500,000. A recent follow-up campaign brought in an additional $650,000.

The accounting firm also raised $1.3 million in traditional giving through the BKD Foundation, according to the release.

During fiscal 2020, the firm donated $1.1 million to charitable organizations, said spokesperson Anna Larriu. The donations are funded by employees and partners.

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