How We Engage in Our Communities

Our firm is deeply committed to engaging philanthropically, in a meaningful way and to a substantial degree, with the communities in which we live and work.


Each year, Faber organizes several “Days of Service,” during which employees (and sometimes their families) perform volunteer work for organizations chosen for their social impact. During 2016, these efforts supported Special Olympics’ athletic competition in Massachusetts, online geographic mapping for an anti-malarial campaign in Mozambique, and cleanup work at a historic park in Maine.


Since 2004, Faber has been the lead sponsor for Bio-Ball, providing both financing and volunteers to manage this day-long basketball tournament to raise funds for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Local biotech professionals and Special Olympians─ ranging  from teenagers to 60-year-olds─form dual lineup teams that compete on individual skills and in a series of five-on-five games. The day’s activities culminate in a championship playoff, showcasing the talents and determination of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the year, teams from participating firms hold separate fundraisers that contribute to the event’s fundraising total. Read about the 2017 Bio-Ball here.

Emergency Mapping

Many parts of the world are uncharted and that raises additional challenges for emergency responders when disaster strikes. On June 13, the entire Faber team participated in a map-a-thon sponsored by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOTOSM), an organization that works closely with leading emergency response organizations like Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontiers. HOTOSM volunteers use online tools and satellite imagery to create maps that enable rescue workers to reach these remote locations quickly and do their job. To date, the group has developed location details for 7.5 million people.

Faber employees from across the US, Switzerland and the UK spent several hours mapping parts of Mozambique for a malaria elimination project. Homes, roads and rivers were pinpointed in order to direct spraying efforts. By day’s end, 70 percent of the project had been completed.

This was the first time that Faber had participated in this project, but a number of employees now consider themselves “cyber mapping converts” and have continued to work with HOTOSM on their own.

Fort Williams Park

On September 25, 30 Faber staffers and family members traveled to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to help with yearend maintenance at Fort Williams Park, a 90-acre preserve alongside Casco Bay. They weeded, mulched and cleared invasive plants, but also found time to appreciate the park’s dramatic seaside cliffs and historic fort. Next door was the most photographed lighthouse in the nation, The Portland Head Light.

Faber encourages employees to take an active role in determining the focus of the firm’s Service Days and to select organizations operating in the communities in which they live. 

Bio-Ball -

Bio-Ball is a one day basketball tournament involving 16 local biotech and pharma companies and 16 Special Olympics basketball teams. 

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Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team
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When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies a huge network of volunteers to create, online, the maps that enable responders to reach those in need.

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Fort Williams Park +
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Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset.

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The firm has an active Philanthropy Committee who seek, evaluate and approve requests for financial donations. Each year since the firm was started, we have dedicated approximately 1% of our annual revenue to these direct financial donations.

The Philanthropy Committee prefers to provide funding where:

  • ‍the funding supports disadvantaged people and/or people with special medical needs in the geographic areas of our offices
  • the amount of the firm’s donation will be of meaningful size to the recipient (so as to be impactful to the achievement of the recipient’s mission); and
  • ‍where substantially all of the firm’s donation will be used in programming (so that the firm’s donation is used efficiently).

The firm has made substantial, multi-year donations to the following organizations:

Special Project

Partnering in Rwanda with Partners in Health

On a mountaintop in rural northern Rwanda sits a cancer treatment center that provides life-saving care to individuals across the region. Since its construction in 2012, the Butaro Center for Cancer Excellence has helped over 1,000 patients, many of whom have been diagnosed with cancers that are often cured or successfully treated within the United States, Canada and Europe (but that, before the Center, were devastating and often fatal for patients in Eastern Africa). The Center remains the only cancer treatment facility of its kind in Eastern Africa.

Initially, the Center focused on providing surgical treatment. In late 2013, a new ambulatory cancer center opened and significantly expanded the Center’s ability to provide outpatient chemotherapy infusion treatment. However, these infusion treatments often require a series of overnight stays in Butaro for treatment and follow-up. With just 22 beds in the hospital’s oncology ward, and with need to prioritize those beds for surgical patients, the Center has struggled to provide adequate on-site housing for patients needing chemotherapy treatment (along with their families and caregivers).

At night, the hillside outside of the Center serves as lodging for patients who are receiving chemotherapy or waiting for their follow-up assessment. The journey back home (to other regions in Rwanda or to Uganda, Sudan and other surrounding countries) is too long and they are unable to afford the cost of a room in the nearby villages. So, along with their caregivers, these vulnerable patients sleep on the hillside each night. For some patients, these lodging challenges prove too much. Many of them leave the Center and return to their homes, without ever receiving the follow-up care that is so important to the cancer treatment process. The Center estimates that up to several thousand patients each year could be treated with chemotherapy if more housing for these patients was available. Read More 

Learn More about PIH/IMB’s efforts in Rwanda.

Women’s Bar Foundation +
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The Women's Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income women.  They have create a community committed to providing free legal assistance to low-income women and their families.

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The Healing Garden +
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The Healing Garden provides a holistic approach to health and wellness that will afford people with cancer and their families the very best chance at great outcomes. They offer complementary therapies, psycho-social support, and the healing environment of nature to people in the Massachusetts area.

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Enable, Inc. +
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Enable, Inc. is a non-profit agency which provides a variety of educational, social, rehabilitative and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults. 

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Biomedical Science Careers Program, Inc. +
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The Biomedical Science Careers Program, Inc. provides students of every race, ethnic background, gender and financial status with encouragement, support and guidance needed for the successful pursuit of biomedical science and other science-related careers. 

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre +
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Known for its core values of imagination and excellence, as well as its educated and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a welcoming home for emerging and established artists since 1968.

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Special Olympics +
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The Special Olympics has been helping people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success throughout the power of sports since 1968. For nearly a decade, the Firm has been the lead sponsor of Bio-Ball, a unique basketball tournament and skills event that matches employees of Boston-area biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies with Special Olympics teams, with all proceeds supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts. Many of our employees also volunteer at this event.

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Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress +
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The MDSC offers a broad array of programs to serve people with Down syndrome and their families throughout the state in an effort to ensure that every person with Down syndrome has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

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Partners In Health - The Butaro Cancer Center +
Partners In Health - The Butaro Cancer Center -

Partners In Health will build an on-site Cancer Support Center at the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda.  The Center will include overnight accommodation for new and ambulatory care patients receiving infusion/chemotherapy (and their families/caregivers) and laboratory, pathology, and radiology services at a single point of care on the Butaro Hospital campus.  Read More

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Enhancing our Clients' Efforts in the Field

Many of our biotechnology company clients have become leaders in engaging philanthropically with not-for-profit organizations that provide research funding, patient advocacy, access to drugs, and other supportive activities for unmet needs in medical areas that may be adjacent to or even overlap the areas of focus of these biotechnology company clients.

We have partnered with many of these biotechnology company clients to enhance their efforts, through direct financial donations and/or the involvement of our employees, including supporting:

American Kidney Fund +
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The American Kidney Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease.

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Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts +
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to support the efforts of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and other biotechnology company clients whose organizations or employees are working to improve medical treatment options for patients with diseases of the central nervous system.

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TB Alliance +
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in New York, NY, whose mission is to discover and develop better, faster-acting, and affordable drugs to fight tuberculosis. (We sponsored the Community Engagement Program run by TB Alliance in Southern and Eastern Africa to educate trial participants and community leaders about TB drug research.)

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Pro Bono

Recognizing the ethical obligation that all lawyers and law firms have to provide service to indigent clients and not-for-profit organizations, the firm increasingly handles matters on a pro bono basis that apply our professional skills, creativity and influence.

Faber Fellowship Program

The recently launched Faber Fellowship Program is designed to galvanize innovative pro bono initiatives targeting the critical needs of indigent populations. Open to recent law school graduates, it will award a two-year fellowship to a candidate whose creative collaboration with a nonprofit could have substantial impact in a critical area of need.  The fellowship will fund the attorney’s salary for a new full-time position, along with benefits and law school loan repayments. Recruitment will begin in fall 2017 for the 2018-2020 fellowship.

“Plans are still taking shape,” explains principal Joe Faber. “The firm’s staff will be actively involved   in deciding which social issue to focus on, selecting the first fellow, monitoring the initiative and seeking ways to provide pro bono assistance from our own lawyers and contracts specialists. We have every expectation that this will become an ongoing program.”

For the program’s initial phase, Faber will partner with Equal Justice Works, which supports hundreds of public interest attorneys annually, enabling them to work on such diverse issues as immigration, civil rights, healthcare and domestic violence. Over 80 percent of the fellows remain involved in public interest law at the end of their fellowships.

Clinical Trials in Eastern Europe and Africa

Faber recently helped the not-for-profit Partners in Health (PIH) negotiate contracts for several clinical trials in Eastern Europe and Africa. One of the projects, “endTB,” seeks to alter the way in which multi-drug-resistant TB is managed worldwide. It’s a collaboration involving PIH, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Interactive Research and Development, and financial partner UNITAID. Faber also drafted clinical trial agreements for a multi-center trial that focused on expanded access to Hepatitis C treatment in Rwanda.  PIH s a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality healthcare to the world’s poor and medically underserved populations through community-based efforts.

Conserving Energy

We have assisted Energy Science Education, an energy conservation organization, with its initial incorporation and licensing activities.

Promoting Research for Rare Diseases

Our lawyers and contracts specialists have provided corporate and transactional support for the Usher III Initiative, which promotes research into treatments for a relatively rare group of inherited diseases that lead to the progressive loss of vision and hearing.