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Plante & Moran Uses Facebook to Share "Good Fortune" with Local Charities


Local Women's Shelters Benefit from Social Media Contest Celebrating Plante & Moran's 13th Consecutive Year on FORTUNE Magazine's “100 Best Companies to Work For” List
 

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Plante & Moran, PLLC, the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm and an early adopter of social media, issued a charity challenge using Facebook as one way to celebrate the firm’s 13th consecutive year of being named to FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For”.

To offer a fun way to announce the firm’s placement on the FORTUNE list and leverage its leadership in using social media, Plante & Moran challenged partners and staff to share the good news with their personal Facebook networks. The firm provided a Facebook status update that included news on the FORTUNE award and a survey link with the names of the 15 local women’s shelters the firm supports through its Plante & Moran Cares initiative. Partners and staff asked their Facebook friends to vote for the shelter they wanted to receive an additional $1,300 donation from Plante & Moran.

“Our original plan was to award one $1,300 prize to commemorate our 13th win,” explained Gordon Krater, Plante & Moran’s Managing Partner. “We had such an overwhelming response – 4,294 people visited the survey and 3,403 completed it – we decided to award the four top vote getters with donations ranging from $100 to $1,300.”

The Plante & Moran Cares initiative is Plante & Moran’s charitable outreach arm; each fiscal year, a charitable category is selected and supported by all of the firm’s offices. This year’s focus is domestic violence shelters. The top vote getter, with 1,101 votes, was the SafeHouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Facebook challenge represents the first time Plante & Moran has urged the use of Facebook for P&M Cares, according to Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Antaya.

“We regularly encourage staff to share firm announcements to their Facebook friends to help us tell the Plante & Moran story,” says Antaya. “To add Plante & Moran Cares to the message meant a whole new level of engagement among staff that was heartening to see and ultimately proved to be a new way to reinforce our caring culture.” 

The FORTUNE 100 winners were announced on January 20th and the full list, which ranks Plante & Moran 26th, will appear in the February 7 issue of FORTUNE magazine (www.fortune.com). Since first appearing on the FORTUNE Best Places to Work list in January 1999, Plante & Moran has grown from 900 staff to 1600 and opened offices in Chicago and Elgin, Illinois, Cincinnati, Flint, Monterey, Mexico, Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India. Despite continuous growth and an expansion of service offerings, the firm preserves its profession-leading staff retention rate and unparalleled client satisfaction levels. In recent surveys, 100% of clients said staff were competent in their fields of discipline; further, nearly 100% of clients said Plante & Moran could use them as a reference and that Plante & Moran was proactive to their needs.

About Plante & Moran
Plante & Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois and with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante & Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

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