Paying My Charitable Quid Pro Quo

John Macfarlane

Dec 21, 2011

By Drew Hasselback, Financial Post

Last fall, I made a promise to law offices in Toronto: Contribute to Postmedia’s annual Raise-a-Reader campaign, and in return I’d write about your firm’s favourite charitable or pro-bono endeavour. So here it goes…

While many companies and individuals participate in the annual Toronto United Way Campaign, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP partner, John Macfarlane believes his firm has a special relationship with the program. For at least 10 consecutive years, Osler has raised more money for the United Way than any other Toronto law firm.

The competition is good natured, Mr. Macfarlane says. “As one of my partners says, this is a race that he would love to win every year, but only by a dollar. The more the merrier. It all benefits the right cause.”