Compounding Kindness

Breaking the Chain Through Education


This month we are happy to highlight an organization called Breaking the Chain Through Education. Chuck Rose, Clarus Group LLC Wealth Manager, was first made aware of Breaking The Chain Through Education through local business relationships and through our membership with the North Essex Chamber of Commerce.

Breaking the Chain Through Education Foundation (BTCTE) is a registered 501(c)(3) charity started in 2006 by Evan Robbins with his students from Metuchen High School. The organization’s work is centered around the belief that every child, regardless of the social and economic conditions into which he or she is born, has the right to freedom and an education. BTCTE is currently supporting 76 formerly trafficked children with food, uniforms, and school fees.

Chuck and his wife Heidi along with their son Enzo, dog Koda, and well over than 150 other local participants ran the Summer Kickoff 5k in Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, NJ to benefit this organization.

The Summer Kickoff 5k and Breaking the Chain Through Education were a wonderful example of community, businesses and families coming together to raise awareness and funds for a meaningful impact on the lives of children. Please see the links above to BTCTE and North Essex Chamber of Commerce for other future events!

CASA for Children of Monmouth County

CASA Swearing In
Bryan Koslow participating in the swearing in ceremony at the Freehold courthouse.

This month we are highlighting a very special organization called CASA for Children of Monmouth County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA of Monmouth County is part of a Nationwide association of CASA organizations whose sole purpose is to advocate for the best interests of children who have been neglected or abused.

Each year, more than 700,000 children experience foster care in this country- many of them due to abuse or neglect. The Legal and Social Systems in New Jersey do what they can to provide resources for these children but unfortunately there is just not enough funding to give every child the attention he or she needs. CASA volunteers work in conjunction with the Department of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P), the NJ Family Courts, and the Law Guardians to advocate for the children's best interests.

CASA volunteers are there to support these children until they find a permanent, safe and nurturing home. After spending extensive time with the child and engaging with everyone in that child's life (teachers, doctors, therapists, and family members), CASA volunteers provide recommendations to the Court.

Clarus Group's founder, Bryan Koslow, recently completed the rigorous training program to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate - above is a picture of the swearing in ceremony at the Freehold courthouse.

Clarus Group Supports Matt Newman and Head for the Cure

Head for the Cure logo

We are thrilled to support our friend Matt Newman and Team Newmanium in the 2019 Broad Street Philly Run. Matt has been our partner at TransAmerica for more than 10 years and more recently he's taken on the role of author, motivational speaker, cancer survivor and official ambassador for Head for the Cure.  

Matt and his wife Rebecca have run the Broad Street run for years. In fact, his cancer diagnosis came just eight days after they ran the race in 2013. Matt knew his wife and 3 young children were counting on him to beat cancer and he has. Now, he is using his passion, energy and inspiring story to raise money for a great organization. We are so excited to support him this year!

You can read more about Matt's story here: Starting at the Finish Line.

Head for the Cure's mission is to raise awareness and funding to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. 

Good luck Matt!

Archive: April 2019

As Financial Planners, we know the power of compounding.

Albert Einstein once called Compound Interest the 8th Wonder of the World.  Compounding creates a Ripple Effect where growth begets more growth.  The same concept applies with kindness.  Small acts can have an enormous impact as we lift up our communities and inspire our peers to take action.

Clarus Group is committed to doing our part to help the communities we serve.  Each month we identify at least one organization to support with a monetary contribution, by dedicating our time, or both.

Some of the organizations we support are: 

How Can We Support You?

We know that by encouraging our team, our clients and our partners to give back to our communities, we can make a real difference. We are always looking for new organizations that we can help. If there's a cause you're involved with, please email us at [email protected] and let us know how we can support you!

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