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Firm Happenings

Spark of Love Toy Drive donorGS Supports the Spark of Love Toy Drive
During the month of December, the firm collected toys to benefit the 25th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. The Spark of Love Toy Drive provides toys and sports equipment to undeserved children in Southern California each holiday season.

santa monica accounting firm holiday partyFirm Holiday Celebration
GS’s spent it’s annual holiday outing at Bowlmor Lanes in Santa Monica- celebrating the joy of the season and enjoying each other’s company (and a small dose of healthy competition!).

office halloween party santa monica 2017Firm Halloween Party
The firm took a long lunch break to celebrate Halloween! The festivities included a costume parade, mummy wrapping contest, and doughnut eating contest, all judged by three of the partners.

Celebrating the End of Summer at the Hollywood Bowl
GS employees and their families celebrated the a great summer during the firm 2017 summer outing to the Hollywood Bowl. The whole team enjoyed food, drinks, the beautiful California weather, and a live performance of Mama Mia.

GS Supports Dress for Success
During the months of April and May, GS collected clothing to support the mission of Dress for Success Worldwide’s Los Angeles Chapter. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Learn more about Dress for Success here.

gumbiner-april-may-birthday-partyApril and May Birthday Celebration
Gumbiner Savett took a quick cake break to celebrate all of our employees who have birthdays in April and May.

national-bike-to-work-month2017 Bike to Work Month
Gumbiner Savett celebrated National Bike to Work Month and Santa Monica’s Bike to Work Day May 18th this year, with incentives for GS green commuters.

GS at CSUN Awards Dinner 2017Spring Recruiting Events
GS employees represented the firm at a number of events this spring, including meet-the-firms, mock interviews, resume workshops, presentations on campus, and awards dinners! The firm was also proud to provide scholarship dollars this year to deserving accountant students.

2017StPatricksSHWinnersSt. Patrick’s Day Celebration
GS celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (and the passing of the March 15th IRS deadline!) with an all-firm lunch and the 1st Annual Gumbiner Savett Scavenger Hunt! The winning team received engraved medals and gift cards.

RodneyWig2017February + March GS Gives Back

Supporting the American Heart Association
During the months of February and March, GS raised money for the American Heart Association by playing Choose the Torture. GS employees “voted” for one of three silly wigs by contributing money into a ballot box throughout the month, and the winning wig was worn by shareholder Rodney Fingleson for an entire day (which just happened to be the day of the all-firm St. Patrick’s Day Celebration). The firm matched all employee contributions to double the impact of their gift. The American Heart Association is a national organization that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

GS2017VDayValentine’s Day Wine+Chocolate Party
 Shareholder Rodney Fingleson hosted a Valentine’s Day celebration at GS with wine and chocolate. The team was happy to have a small break before busy season kicked off!

FullSizeRenderDecember and January Birthday Celebration
Gumbiner Savett took a quick cake break to celebrate all of our employees who have birthdays in December and January.

 holiday photo booth office partyHappy Holidays from the Gumbiner Savett Team!
Gumbiner Savett celebrated the holiday season and the close of 2016 with a fun in-office party! The entire firm gathered together to enjoy food, beverages, lots of desserts, and a casual photo booth, as well as each other’s company.

New Hires Fall 2016GS Welcomes New Hires to the Team
Our newest class of staff accountants joined our team at the beginning of October. All are recent graduates of accounting programs in the Los Angeles area. To close out their third week of training and officially welcome our new hires into the GS family, the firm hosted an all-staff social.


Happy Halloween from GS!
Gumbiner Savett employees celebrated an early Halloween with a firm lunch, costume contest, mummy wrapping contest, and of course, plenty of candy.

GS Goes to the Movies!

To welcome our new class of staff accountants, GS sponsored a movie night in Santa Monica. Over 50 members of the firm enjoyed concessions and a screening of “The Accountant”. Nearly every employee in attendance utilized the Expo Line to get to and from the theater!

GS Supports the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
Dr Susan Love Research FoundationDuring the month of October GS hosted weekly in-office bake sales, offering a variety of pink desserts, to raise money to support the work of the Dr. Susan Love Foundation (DSLRF). Employees were encouraged to wear pink on bake sale days to show their support for the cause. The firm matched all employee contributions to double the impact of their gift. DSLRF is a national organization, based in the Los Angeles area, which challenges the status quo to achieve a future without breast cancer and improve the lives of people impacted by the disease.

GS Supports 826LA
826LA logo (CMYK, 3-or-more inches, CS3)For our September “Giving Friday”, GS employees collected school supplies and monetary gifts to support the work of local nonprofit 826LA. Additionally, the firm matched employee’s contributions dollar for dollar. This organization provides after-school and in-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, field trips, and help for English language learners. They are dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.


To celebrate the end of summer, the whole GS team and their families spent a wonderful day at Calamigos Ranch in beautiful Malibu in July.

The GS team took a work break to celebrate all of our April birthdays!


Last day of tax season! Enjoyed some In-N-Out to celebrate!

GS New Staff Scavenger Hunt

Last Friday, GS held a scavenger hunt for our 2016 new staff. Our new staff bonded over completing the scavenger hunt before meeting up with the GS senior staff at a local Santa Monica establishment. Welcome to all of our new staff!

For the January Giving Friday, GS Will Be Supporting MEND

MEND, a client of the firm, is the largest poverty agency in the San Fernando Valley and provides services such as emergency food, clothing, medical/vision/dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance, English as a Second Language classes, and youth activities to homeless and disenfranchised individuals. The MEND program GS will be supporting in January is the Shower Program. This program provides a washroom and toiletries to MEND’s homeless clients and those who do not otherwise have access to a washroom. In addition, each Tuesday, MEND’s homeless clients have access to toiletries, hot meals, a box of nutritious food meant to last 3 to 4 days, clean clothing, and MEND’s wide array of referral services.

Jeans for Children’s Bureau

In honor of National Adoption Month and the global #GivingTuesday movement, GS is raising funds to support Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Children’s Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults by preventing child abuse and neglect, and offering superior programs in foster care, adoptions, child development, parent education, and mental health. Founded in 1904, Children’s Bureau is the largest investor in child abuse prevention in the country and helps more than 28,500 children and parents each year. To donate to Children’s Bureau’s #GivingTuesday campaign click here.

Jeans for Operation Gratitude

This month GS is collecting funds to support the not-for-profit Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to veterans, first responders, wounded warrior, care givers and U.S. service men deployed overseas.  Their care packages are filled with a variety of things such as snacks, personal hygiene products, and personal letter written in appreciation. Operation Gratitude’s mission is lift the spirits of those serving our country by meeting their evolving needs, as well as creating a forum for Americas to show their appreciation for those in the military.

GS Attends the USC Meet the Firms Event

The GS team had a great time and met many USC students who were interested in finding out about life at GS!

Jeans Against Modern Day Slavery

ZOE International and the ZOE Rescue Walk 2015 fight against child trafficking by fully engaging in the following three components: prevention, intervention and aftercare. ZOE has a remarkable structure that creates mini families amidst the big family at ZOE. The children come from slavery or potential slavery and abuse and become extraordinarily transformed by the love of the ZOE families. They have also begun work to start rescuing children in our own neck of woods, Los Angeles. The Rescue Walk raises money for human trafficking, commonly referred to as “Modern day slavery. It is estimated that there are currently 27 million enslaved worldwide, and only one out of 100 victims of trafficking is ever rescued. An estimated 1.2 million are children. To donate to the ZOE Rescue Walk, click here.

July Jeans Day for MEND

GS is holding a Toiletry Kit Drive for homeless individuals supported by MEND. Kit materials include: Ziploc bags, travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, travel shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, soap, lotion, comb, wash cloth, lip balm, cotton swabs and sanitizer. The GS goal is make 35 kits, enough for a week’s worth of donations.

Jeans for Special Olympics

At the end of July, 7,000 athletes will take the global stage in Los Angeles to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. Arriving from all corners of the world, they will  show us what incredible courage and unwavering determination can accomplish. At GS, we will join to support the Special Olympics and its athletes and promote acceptance and inclusion.  For more information or to make a donation, visit www.LA2015.org

 Jeans Supporting Nepal

Gumbiner Savett Inc. is supporting theAmerican Red Cross relief efforts in Nepal for our June Jeans Day. The Red Cross is helping with immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Nepal after the devastating April 25 earthquake, with workers from all over the world, including American Red Cross disaster specialists.

How to Help: To help people affected by disasters big and small, visit Redcross.org or contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

Map: To help with critical mapping efforts, visit http://tasks.hotosm.org. No experience is needed, just a computer and internet connection.

Share: Spread the word on relief efforts and ways to help online. Find and share information on social channels, including the global Red Cross Twitter account and American Red Cross Facebook and Twitter posts.

Help Find Loved Ones: For help locating family members or to register yourself as safe in Nepal, visitwww.familylinks.icrc.org. People can also contact the U.S. State Department for information on U.S citizens living or traveling in Nepal.

Jeans for Children’s Hospital

GS is supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)for our April Jeans Day. CHLA has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. CHLA is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. It is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Each year, CHLA provides more than 107,000 children with pediatric health care.

Jeans Day for Sustainability

Inspired by a client, GS will be supportingClimate Ride and their California North Coast event from May 17-21, 2015. Climate Ride’s multi-day hiking and cycling charitable events allow participants to learn about and support sustainability and active transportation movements.  During the day, participants get to hike and ride through some of the country’s most beautiful and historic areas, while in the evenings, Climate Riders listen to inspirational speakers from all corners of these fields and get to know fellow participants working toward the same goals. To learn more: http://www.climateride.org/.

Happy March Birthdays! 

Spring is in air along with March Birthday’s! Happy Birthday to our spring birthday crew. Only two more weeks for the end of tax season!

Jeans Day Supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind is a program that helps visually impaired individuals gain independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs. To learn more about this campaign, please visit guidedogs.com

Meet The Firms at CSUN
GS staff members who are CSUN alumni turned out to the winter “Meet the Firms” event at California State University, Northridge –CSUN. Go Matadors!

GS is supporting Children’s Hospital for Valentine’s Day.

Help us make this Valentine’s Day extra special for kids by sending a valentine to a child in the hospital! Simply choose your favorite valentine and add a special note if you like. Children’s Hospital will print it out and hand-deliver it as part of our Valentine’s Day celebration. Help us gather 10,000 valentines for the kids by Feb. 14!

Happy New Year….and Birthdays!

GS takes time out of an already very busy 2015 to get some cake and celebrate January birthdays. Are those roses? Yes, rose petals on yummy red velvet cake!

Jeans day for Back on My Feet Los Angeles

In January GS is collecting funds in support for the non-profit Back on My Feet Los Angeles , which one of our Audit Seniors is involved with.  Back on My Feet is a nationwide not-for-profit that uses running as a means to build both self-esteem and confidence within the homeless population in order to help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency.  Back on My Feet has served over 33,000 residential members since 2009 with 85% of its members attending morning runs.

GS New Staff Social

Gumbiner Savett Inc. is proud to welcome new “family” members to our staff! To ring in the New Year right, and to introduce the new employees to the firm, GS hosted a “New Staff Social”. GS employees enjoyed appetizers, drinks and the chance to meet the new faces in the office. New staff pose with partners (LtoR) – Kevin Yardumian, Jon Shoemaker, Joshua, Andrew, Liyang, Michelle, Christina and Michael Savoy.

GS Annual Holiday Party

GS celebrated the holidays this year with a bit of pizazz. We went to Universal Studios and received the red carpet treatment at Whoville and the Globe Theatre. We enjoying rides like the Mummy, Transformers and the Simpsons; not to mention hanging out with the Minions at the Despicable Me ride. A beautiful Los Angeles day of fun and festivities was enjoyed by all.

Jeans for Westside Food Bank

In December to help those less fortunate, we collected can goods, boxed food and monetary donations for the Westside Food Bank. The holidays are a particularly busy time for the food banks around Los Angeles County. Westside Food Bank’s mission is to distribute as much food as possible to local agencies with food assistance programs and to reduce food waste on the Westside of Los Angeles County. As the food bank warehouse for the Westside since 1981, they annually distribute nearly 4 million pounds of food to 65 Westside social service agencies.

November Jeans Day

With so many great causes during the holidays, we decided to sponsor three charities in November. GS  is supporting Urban Possibilities, M.E.N.D. and the Westside Food Bank.

Staff is collecting professional clothing for men and women, toys for children and canned food for  local people in need.

CalCPA ABC Event

As sponsors of the CalCPA ABC Event, we were up bright and early meeting bankers and attorneys at Skirball Cultural Arts Center in mid-November. We met many new people and reunited with old friends. Proceeds from the event benefitted a great cause, the Charles Gumbiner/Lou Savett Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to an accounting student who demonstrates academic excellence and a dedication to community service.

On Campus Recruiting Events

GS attended the USC and CSUN recruiting events. We met many students planning to enter the workforce. To explore current openings at GS,click here. If you have any questions, please contact our recruiting team at recruiting@gscpa.com.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Please join Gumbiner Savett Inc. throughout the month of October as we, once again, become Passionately Pink®  in support of this cause.

Funds raised during the month will be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and, the American Cancer Society. GS will be hosting several events during the month in support.

We will be collecting funds all month. Join the cause!

Walking and Running in Jeans

Our September jeans day celebrates two great charities. The Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma  raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their life saving  research.  We will also support the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon for Team ASPCA to help raise awareness and much needed funding to support the ASPCA’s programs serving victims of animal cruelty.

July Jeans Day for Operation Smile

Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.  OS provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities for children around the world.

Jeans Day for MEND

Four our June jeans day, this year GS staff is supporting MEND.  MEND is dedicated to relieving the effects of poverty, its underlying mission is to provide the means and the path to self-sufficiency. MEND provides the basic human needs vital to day-to-day survival as well as education, training, opportunities, and support essential to reducing and ultimately eliminating reliance on public and private assistance.

Jeans and Greeting Cards for Children

GS is getting crafty and creative for our April Jeans Day. We will be making greeting cards and raising monetary funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).  CHLA has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. CHLA is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. It is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Each year, CHLA provides more than 104,000 children with pediatric health care.

Gumbiner Savett Inc. sponsors Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Shareholder, Shreedhar (Shree) Kothari, recently attended the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, along with several Gumbiner Savett staff members. The festival was celebrating its 12th year. Shree has been participating in the festival for the last 5 years as a board member and sponsor. Shree’s involvement supports his love for Indian film and the firm’s Entertainmentpractice.

Photo: Shree on the “red carpet” with GS staff members at the IFFLA Closing Ceremonies ― (L to R) Tara, Pradeep, Shree, Viabhav, May and Amit.


Jeans for Books

GS collected books in March for the charity RE-BOOK IT  — New  Life for Your Books. RE-BOOK IT is a free community service provided by The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. A portion of the books in every  donation or the funds raised from every donation goes back to the local community in a charitable, constructive way. The program was created for 3 purposes:

1) To ensure that no books end up in landfills, but instead find new homes in the hands of readers.
2) To provide low-cost books and raise funds for local libraries, charities, hospitals, and schools.
3) To help preserve one of the last remaining independent bookstores in Los Angeles by providing it with books it can sell to book-lovers at affordable prices.

Valentine’s Day Dress Drive

Help Gumbiner Savett Inc. support LA’s Prom Closet 
Turn “Dresses into Dreams” for high school juniors and seniors who otherwise could not afford to attend prom.
GS will be collecting donations through Valentine’s Day — Tuesday, February 14. What we are looking for:

  • New or gently used formal, prom or cocktail dresses
  • Strappy high heels or formal shoes
  • Clutch or formal purses
  • Rhinestone jewelry
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