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Respect. Appreciation. Community.

Inspired by servant leadership, philanthropic roots run deep.
A leading accounting firm on Florida’s Gulf coast serving businesses, nonprofits and high net worth individuals across the nation, Shinn & Co is committed to community development. The firm’s deep roots and strong values translate to action in motion that changes lives — especially those of children —and increases their opportunities for education.

Working in creative collaboration with community partners, outreach is strong and wide, from one child at a time to hundreds. Many initiatives — more than 60 in all — take place behind the scenes serving organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Manatee, WEDU PBS, NowUP Foundation, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, We Care Manatee Inc. and the Rotary Club of Bradenton. But some are high profile and in the public spotlight, especially the Christmas in August program. Led by the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, the annual program provides homeless children with the tools and care they need to succeed at the start of the school year.

“All of the partners and participants focus on the big issues facing children, and we work to evoke change,” explains Christy Cardillo, the Shinn partner who leads the volunteer coordination efforts of Christmas in August. “Whether large or small, every action makes the community a better place to live.”

Providing medical and dental care, haircuts, gift certificates for clothing and school supplies, the outreach impacts the lives of 500 children every year. Hundreds of volunteer hours and donations create a highly successful initiative.

Furthering opportunity through education is second nature to a firm whose founder, Byron E. Shinn, is Chair of University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee Regional Board and a member of the Board Trustees of the University of South Florida system. Dedication to service — especially in education — is a time-honored tradition.

“Starting early in their careers, all of our employees are encouraged to get involved with organizations they’re passionate about, both personally and professionally,” explains Cardillo. “It’s important for them to have a feeling of place and responsibility for the citizens of our community, and take action to address needs. Community involvement is what makes our firm great. And it’s the best possible way to inspire servant leadership.”

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