Grant Thornton names Find Your Anchor its new Purple Paladin
Grant Thornton (News - Alert) LLP has named Find Your Anchor the eighth nonprofit in its Purple Paladin initiative - a program that helps emerging nonprofit organizations move from start-up to sustainable. As part of the program, Grant Thornton will provide funding, business advice and volunteer support to Find Your Anchor and use their platform to raise awareness of the organization.
Find Your Anchor is a grassroots movement focused on suicide prevention through awareness and education. To help people who are struggling to find hope, the organization creates and distributes boxes of curated items known as "anchors." Each box includes a deck of cards titled "52+ Reasons to Live," a list of suicide prevention resources and posters with hopeful messaging. But the box's journey doesn't end with one person. When ready, recipients are encouraged to add their own anchors and pass it on so the box can help others.
"There is an ongoing mental health crisis in the United States and across the globe, and the pandemic has only underscored the problem," said Brad Preber, CEO of Grant Thornton. "That's why an organization devoted to suicide prevention like Find Your Anchor is vital. We look forward to helping the team at Find Your Anchor spark a pay-it-forward movement that creates hope for those who need it most."
The movement began with Ali Borowsky. A survivor of multiple suicide attempts, Borowsky knows firsthand how hard it can be to seek help - and how impersonal resources may not provide the comfort people need. Relying on donations, she started sending thousands of boxes filled with color, warmth and, most of all, hope. Now, more than 20,000 boxes have reached people in 50 states and 36 countries. But Borowsky is far from done. She wants boxes in high schools, on every college campus, and supporting veterans and LGBTQ+ youth - anywhere struggling individuals can find them.
"For the longest time, I couldn't see my own anchors, and it took a process of finding little joys to realize that they were there all along," Borowsky says. "But the little things aren't little at all. They're life-saving."
To learn more about Find Your Anchor, visit www.grantthornton.com/PurplePaladins.
Find Your Anchor joins seven other nonprofits that Grant Thornton previously selected as Purple Paladins: Foster Nation, Hope in a Box, Weird Enough Productions, Invisible Hands Deliver, Pal Experiences, Sneakers for Soldiers and Coming Up Rosies.
Grant Thornton's Purple Paladins program derives its name from the word paladin, a champion of a cause. Grant Thornton and its professionals have donated more than $400,000 for Purple Paladin nonprofits, and more than 350 Grant Thornton professionals have volunteered support to the firm's Purple Paladins.
To learn more about Purple Paladins, or to nominate a nonprofit for potential support, visit Grant Thornton's website: www.grantthornton.com/PurplePaladins.
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