At McDonald Hopkins, we embrace the opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we live and work. We strive to lead the way in our approach to community service with the same energy and passion that we dedicate to providing high-quality legal services. As a firm we support a variety of community service initiatives and local nonprofit organizations through internal fundraising, volunteering, sponsorship and membership on boards. We’re also proud that many of our individual attorneys and professionals devote significant hours to volunteering and providing pro bono legal services, supporting nonprofit organizations that enrich and strengthen our communities.


Our passion for supporting education traces back to our beginnings. Founders Thomas Fraiser “Tim” McDonald, W. Dean Hopkins, and H. Guy Hardy each dedicated over a decade of service to Cleveland-area boards of education, and Hopkins acted as a trustee for the College of Wooster from 1940 until his death in 1993. 

Today, McDonald Hopkins commitment to education is stronger than ever. 

In 2018, the firm announced its participation in the Cleveland Indians Community Partners program, the baseball club’s effort to strengthen youth in Greater Cleveland through service initiatives that focus on education, health and fitness. 

In 2019, the firm launched its Leaders in Education Lunch Series to highlight the work being done in our communities to prioritize education and train our future workforce. Speakers so far have included Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, President of Business Operations for the Cleveland Indians Brian Barren, and President of Cuyahoga Community College Dr. Alex Johnson.


McDonald Hopkins is proud to partner with College Now of Greater Cleveland to help recruit mentors for low-income, first-generation college students in greater Cleveland. The College Now Mentoring Program is a high-quality, high-impact mentoring program that uses a unique, online platform which guides communication between mentor and mentee with an interactive and personalized curriculum. College Now also hosts events throughout the year to bring mentor-mentee pairs together, and also to create space for mentors and mentees to learn from one another.

For several years, attorneys and paralegals in our Cleveland office have participated in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program, which connects lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals with high school students in Cleveland and East Cleveland schools. Through a series of six in-person lessons during the regular school day, 3Rs volunteers help foster an understanding and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, as well as share important information about how students can achieve their goals beyond high school.

Open Books
Attorneys and staff in our Chicago office support Open Books, a nonprofit organization that supports literacy efforts for over 5,000 children each year with programs designed to transform lives through reading, writing and the giving power of used books.

Additional community service initiatives

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services 

Our Chicago office is proud to take part in the annual Race Judicata 5k, benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services' mission to ensure that the law works for everyone.
McDonald Hopkins 2015 Race Judicata Chicago


Every holiday season, our West Palm Beach office participates in the Adopt-A-Family program, raising money and wrapping up gifts to help make the holidays a little brighter for a local family.
West Palm Beach Adopt a Family

Hunger Free Summer Food Fight

Our Detroit office participates in the Gleaner's Community Food Bank's Hunger Free Summer Food Fight, an annual campaign that provides assistance to children who lose access to school-provided meals in the summer.
McDonald Hopkins Detroit Community Service

Harvest for Hunger 

Our Cleveland office participates in Harvest for Hunger, an annual campaign aimed at fighting hunger across 21 counties in Ohio. 
Harvest 4 Hunger 2016 Cleveland

Dress for Success

Our Women's Council has partnered with Dress for Success, hosting accessory drives in Cleveland and Florida, providing insight on resiliency and doing mock interviews for participants in the program.


Greater Chicago Food Depository

Our Chicago office sends volunteers to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help repack fresh food and meals for those in need throughout Cook County.
McDonald Hopkins Chicago Community Service

My Brother's Closet

Our Columbus office supports the Columbus Urban League's My Brother's Closet, an organization that works to move unemployed men into the workforce and connect them to resources integral to long-term stability. 
McDonald Hopkins Columbus Community Service