Conference Cause

Conference Cause is YOUR chance to make a difference.

Reflecting the generosity of the professional liability industry each year at the PLUS Conference.

When the Conference Cause program began over a decade ago the PLUS Foundation never envisioned it being the immense success it has become. Due to the incredible support, both financially and in volunteer hours from you and your professional liability colleagues, we are proud that the Conference Cause initiative has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and has engaged hundreds of industry professionals in volunteerism since 2004.

Conference Cause 2017:  Atlanta

We are accepting charity nominations through April 7.  Download guidelines and form.

Conference Cause 2016:  City of Hope

2016 was the 13th annual Conference Cause and our fourth time in Chicago.  In past years we have supported Special Olympics, Greater Chicago Food Depository and Ronald McDonald House.

$45,000 was donated to City of Hope.  100 blankets were made by volunteers for their patients. 

City of Hope is a world leader in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS research, treatment and prevention.  They transform laboratory breakthroughs into treatments that outsmart disease.  Combining science with soul to work miracles – they care for the whole person, so life after illness can be rich and rewarding.

- Helped create medicines that benefit 100 million people each year

- Performed more than 12,000 bone marrow and stem cell transplants in the sickest of patients – giving 30,000 additional years of life

- Created a pipeline of 35+ novel drugs, biological and cell therapies with the most first-in-human clinical trial of any other center

Past Conference Causes

2015 - $47,800 donated to The Family Place, and 30 volunteers made grounds improvements and baked with the kids.
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2014 - $31,362 donated to Sunrise Children’s Foundation, and 38 volunteers assembled 250 Thanksgiving meal baskets.
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2013 - $33,500 donated to Give Kids the World, and 30 volunteers served family meals and organized children’s activities.
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2012 – $40,000 donated to Chicagoland Ronald McDonald House, and 58 volunteers prepared and served meals to guests of the House.
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2011 – $44,000 to the Armed Services YMCA of San Diego, and 52 volunteers hosted a barbecue for service members and families.
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2010 – $46,000 to The Childrens Shelter and 55 volunteers helped with grounds improvements and had a fun play event with the kids.
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2009 – $33,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and a record 115 volunteers preparing food packages.
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2008 – $42,000 in grants and in-kind gifts to UCSF Children’s Hospital, with a unique on-site conference volunteer event that prepared 6,000 welcome boxes for kids.
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2007 – $56,000 to the Walter Reed Society, and a dinner/entertainment event for recovering soldiers and their families hosted by 48 PLUS Foundation volunteers
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2006 – $25,000 to Special Olympics/Special Children’s Charities of Chicago, and 20 PLUS Foundation volunteers working the annual soccer tournament
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2005 – $28,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Boston, and 20 volunteers held a bowling and pizza party for 100 kids and their mentors
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2004 – $33,000 to the Armed Services YMCA of San Diego, and 23 PLUS Foundation volunteers fed over 300 servicemen and women from the USS Boxer
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    Our annual Conference Cause has generated more $263,000 in charitable grants, and has engaged 446 volunteers in over 1,200 hours of work for worthy causes.

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