For Richard MacKelfresh, a financial advisor and certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial in Sandy Springs, supporting LGBT equality is “more than just a platitude.” Together with Maggie Kulyk, an Ameriprise Financial wealth management advisor in Decatur, Richard has sponsored the work of the Voices of Note organization for two years.
Why sponsor Voices of Note? “There are many ways to spread the message about equality,” Richard explained, “and the performing arts are a particularly fantastic way to spread the message. Maggie and I want to be a part of that.”
Ameriprise Financial’s corporate values underscore Richard and Maggie’s commitment to LGBT equality. For the past eight years, Ameriprise Financial has scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a guide that examines a company’s nondiscrimination policies, employment benefits, public engagement, and other factors.
In 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Ameriprise Financial published materials about the significance of that decision for LGBT households. Numerous Ameriprise Financial advisors support LGBT causes and events throughout the year.
Ameriprise Financial’s community involvement has deep roots. The company currently supports a diverse group of over 5000 nonprofits across the country, with particular emphasis on disaster relief/recovery and ending hunger. Richard embodies Ameriprise Financial’s commitment to volunteerism; for several years, he has served on the board of Caring Works, a local nonprofit that supports the economic self-sufficiency of low-income people and families.
Above all, Richard and Maggie emphasize their commitment to serving their clients’ unique needs. “Working with LGBT clients is a matter of acting on our principles,” Richard said, “and sponsoring Voices of Note is a great way to enjoy the journey while getting the message of equality out.”
Voices of Note thanks Richard, Maggie and Ameriprise Financial for their enthusiastic support of our music and mission.