Community Involvement


In addition to providing clients with superior legal services, our attorneys and staff members recognize the importance of serving the community as well. Whether participating in or hosting fundraisers, spending their free time helping out individuals in need or offering leadership and guidance on various non-profit Boards of Directors, Sandberg Phoenix employees constantly find new ways to give back.

The Sandberg Phoenix Charitable Efforts Committee was formed to help organize the interest of our attorneys and staff members and translate it into concrete actions. In 2006, we also established the Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and contributes to the local, regional, and national charities selected by the firm’s Charitable Efforts Committee each year.

Each year we are excited to participate in the United Way Drive and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Motion for Kids, as well as the various races for causes such as the Komen Race for the Cure and the Alzheimer’s Association walk.

The Charitable Efforts Committee also organizes firm-wide events throughout the year to raise funds for selected charities, including our annual Trivia Night, Thanksgiving Luncheon and Bake Auction.


For 2017 the Committee selected and proudly supports:


Songs4Soldiers enriches the lives of combat veterans and families who have limited resources through a variety of services. The organization is dedicated to serving those who have served us. Instead of handing out cash, they make sure donations go DIRECTLY to the needs of our veterans. Veterans in need often feel alone. Songs4Soldiers is there to help and to remind them they are not alone. With hard work and love anything is possible.

St. Louis ARC

St. Louis ARC empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by providing a lifetime of high quality services, family support and advocacy. Since 1950, people with disabilities and their families have been placing their trust with the St. Louis Arc. They connect individuals and their families to support groups and workshops that provide resources and continuous education; home and center-based therapies to strengthen the body and mind; social and recreational programs to stay active and have fun; employment and training services to reach their work goals; and residential and adult day programs to stay engaged with their surrounding community.

Ready Readers

Ready Readers is a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring preschool age children from low-income communities to LOVE books and to have the emergent literacy skills necessary to become readers when they enter kindergarten. Trained, passionate volunteers read high-quality books aloud to the same classroom of children for 30 minutes every week, and then provide stimulating reading-related activities. Six times during each school year and once during the summer, the volunteer readers also distribute new books for each child to take home and keep.

In addition to our efforts for these primary charities, we look forward to holding “Denim Donation Days” and other events to help raise money for other charities in the area.


Additional charities the Committee supports in 2017 include:

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning: Enhancing the potential of each child through a higher level of early childhood care and learning.

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis: Assisting children with physical and intellectual disabilities with special support and services and resources to access necessary equipment.

Brendan’s Backpack: A mother and son team from Jeffco, Missouri who feed hundreds of school children by filling shopping bags with food and sending them home with the children each Friday from school.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The AFSP’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Kansas City March of Dimes Walk 2017: The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.


For more information on Sandberg Phoenix’s Charitable Efforts Committee, please contact:

Alicia Wherle

Chairperson, Charitable Efforts Committee



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