UNIFIED UN

for a Sustainable Future

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide practical, sophisticated, and cost-effective legal support to purpose-driven companies so we can all do more good.

We use the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as our guideposts.

We can imagine a world that looks drastically different from the one our children’s children will face if we continue with business-as-usual.

How do we do that?

By turning the mundane into a positive. We take a portion of our fees and subsidize legal, tax, and accounting services to non-profits truly focused on solving the world’s most pressing issues – most of which are smaller non-profits that can’t afford sophisticated business services.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 193 countries that make up the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as targets for dignity, peace, and prosperity for the planet and humankind.

How UNIFIED UN Works

You engage Unified and select the UN Sustainable Development Goals you care about the most.

Monthly, we tally up the money paid by you and other Unified clients who chose the same Goal as you.

We give free legal, accounting, and tax services to projects that align with that goal.

This means you get sophisticated and necessary business processes off your plate while making a mark on a Goal you care about.

Why UNIFIED UN?
We all have different ideas about the most important world issues to fix. But everyone agrees that something needs to be done. The issues seem so huge, so complicated, that it’s hard to believe anything we do will have a meaningful impact. But a lot of people doing little things can have a huge impact.
 
We believe the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals provide us with the best possible framework for working together to tackle these difficult world challenges.
Why UNIFIED UN?
We all have different ideas about the most important world issues to fix. But everyone agrees that something needs to be done. The issues seem so huge, so complicated, that it’s hard to believe anything we do will have a meaningful impact. But a lot of people doing little things can have a huge impact.

We believe the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals provide us with the best possible framework for working together to tackle these difficult world challenges.

Does the entire company have to align with one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to qualify?

No. We can all channel our talents toward fulfilling a higher purpose without a higher purpose being our sole purpose. For example, a company may have developed an ancillary technology that can help generate wind energy. Unified may donate services to help speed the development and commercialization of that wind energy technology.

Do you only donate services to nonprofits?

No. We LOVE nonprofits, but we primarily donate our services to for-profits. Why? To quote Fred Kofman, “Capitalism, done consciously, is the most powerful system for uplifting humankind to unimaginable levels of prosperity, peace, and happiness.” We take a strategic view toward philanthropy grounded in conscious capitalism. By supporting purpose-driven for-profit companies that align with one or more of the UN SDGs, we help like-minded companies that do not qualify for other corporate giving programs.

How do you decide which companies receive donated support services under UNIFIED UN?

Luckily, we attract many like-minded clients who are purpose-driven and align with one or more of the UN’s SDGs. We give current clients priority for UNIFIED UN projects. For example, an existing client provides a technology solution for improving the lives of the elderly, one of our most vulnerable groups. After learning about steward ownership, they decide to convert and build purpose into their corporate DNA. We worked with them over several months and then drafted all their conversion documents at no charge. We benefited from learning more about our client. They benefited from free work. And we all believe the world benefits by supporting alternative governance and companies helping our most vulnerable.

How do you decide which companies receive donated support services?

Luckily, we attract many like-minded clients who are purpose-driven and align with one or more of the UN’s SDGs. We give current clients priority for UNIFIED UN projects. For example, an existing client provides a technology solution for improving the lives of the elderly, one of our most vulnerable groups. After learning about steward ownership, they decide to convert and build purpose into their corporate DNA. We worked with them over several months and then drafted all their conversion documents at no charge. We benefited from learning more about our client. They benefited from free work. And we all believe the world benefits by supporting alternative governance and companies helping our most vulnerable.

Aren't you just doing this UNIFIED UN for the tax deduction?

No. First, professional fees for pro bono services aren’t tax-deductible. Second, giving to for-profit companies is not tax-deductible. Bottom line – no tax deductions for us. But we’re not doing this for the tax deduction. We’re doing it for the joint value created between Unified, our purpose-driven clients, and world. It’s a win, win, win game – and we really like that.

Do you expect UNIFIED for UN to make a dent?

Yes. Now more than ever, we understand that we’re all in the same boat. We must act individually and collectively to plug our shared boat’s leaks. And if we all do our part, we can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Social good is not only baked into the core of our business model – it’s baked into our legal structure.