PAYING IT FORWARD WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE
The Pickler Companies family of firms believes in the power of paying it forward with passion and purpose. This laser-focused mission of giving back is the common thread that runs through everything we do. It is an essential element of our culture. We are always working to better the lives of our clients and community, not only finding impactful solutions for those in need, but also making the world a better place. It’s not about personal gain but, rather, dynamic altruism.
We call this enriched giving philosophy Engaged Philanthropy, and by being engaged, we “fill our buckets” each and every day. Engaged Philanthropy is more than writing checks – it’s about community engagement and presence. This thoughtful process entails collaborating with outside organizations to maximize their reach, impact, and success. Whether that means joining a local board to share our voice or spearheading a capital campaign to raise crucial funds for a non-profit, Pickler Companies moves the needle through the lens of compassionate leadership.
“We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Explore the organizations that have deeply moved us. From powerful missions about changing the world to heartwarming stories about assisting those in need, these amazing initiatives all have a story and gave us the opportunity to partner with them for a stronger tomorrow.
American Public Education Foundation
With a focus on Financial Literacy and Workforce Development, David Pickler leads APEF as an incubator of innovation and a facilitator of strategic partnerships to empower equity for all children.
Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America
Over the past few decades, David Pickler has supported the local scouting movement by developing, organizing, and executing plans that have raised over $10,000,000 in operations and capital support.
Field of Dreams & Team of Dreams
“If you build it, he will come.” As this iconic line was once whispered to Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, so too did David Pickler hear this voice when he first stepped foot on the hallowed ball field.
Germantown Charity Horse Show
Pickler Companies has been a long-time supporter of the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Through years of service and sponsorship, our firms have proudly engaged to help foster the show’s heritage and excellence.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Since 2013, Pickler Companies and the Pickler family have supported JDRF and its heroic kids. We have been the Title Sponsor at the organization's Promise Ball, an annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Type 1 diabetes research, as well as sponsor of the One Walk.
Memphis Oral School for the Deaf
David and Beth Pickler have devoted years of service to Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, an organization dedicated to helping profoundly deaf children listen, learn, and talk. From organizing events to writing "Letters from Santa" to raising millions of dollars for the school’s permanent home, the Picklers have made MOSD a life-long passion project.
Growing up admiring, and participating in, the arts made a lifelong impression on David, ultimately leading him to serve on the board of the historic Orpheum Theatre. Through capital campaigns and partnering on the new Pickler Companies Broadway Club, Pickler Companies has supported the Orpheum for decades.
David proudly serves on the Board of Trustees for Porter-Leath, a Memphis-based, educational organization that bridges the gap between birth and Pre-K in high-need areas. As a member of this esteemed board, David advocates for exceptional education for young children, preparing them for school and, most importantly, a life of success and endless possibilities.
Shelby County Schools
In 1998, David ran for and was elected to the Shelby County Board of Education, with the strong belief that every child deserves a quality education. For 12 years he served as Chairman, setting off a chain of incredible events, forever putting him in the national spotlight in the education space.
UT Health and Science Center
Since 2019, Pickler Companies has proudly partnered with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, located in the Medical District in downtown Memphis, to provide engaging presentations for the organization’s residents and fellows. At no cost, we bring our resources to medical students serving our community.
Arkansas State University Foundation
As a proud graduate of Arkansas State University, David Pickler has donated his time, talents, and treasures to the school to support scholarships, academic development, and campus improvements.
Collierville Chamber of Commerce
The Pickler Companies suite of professional firms are engaged members of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, helping with programmatic efforts and leading community initiatives to reenergize the organization.
Financial Services Institute
As an advocate in the financial industry, and as a representative of the Financial Advisory Council, David brings his Main Street Values to this national organization for the benefit of our hard-working citizens.
Germantown Education Foundation
Through his continued partnership with GEF, David Pickler has sponsored various initiatives including the horse speed signs and the city’s first Oktoberfest, benefitting Germantown and its incredible schools, teachers, and students.
Kiwanis Club of Germantown
David has served locally as well as nationally for Kiwanis, and even saved lives though his groundbreaking AED initiative. For his leadership and dedication to Kiwanis’ mission, David has been awarded numerous accolades. In 2022, David celebrated 35 years of membership with Kiwanis.
National Board for Professional Teaching
Over the past few years in which David has served NBPTS, the organization's endowment has grown 20-fold. Additionally, because of David’s prowess in capital campaigns and finance management, the annual fund has tripled and the organization is operating with substantial surplus – positive financial growth in all areas, even in the face of the pandemic.
Partners in Education
In 2016, David partnered with Collierville Schools and the Collierville Chamber of Commerce to create Partners in Education, a not-for-profit that’s sole purpose was to raise money for the new high school. David created partnerships with local businesses to develop groundbreaking student programs in the area of workforce development.
Parent Teacher Association
David and Beth’s service to the PTA marked the start of their commitment to community service, and was the lynchpin for David’s lifelong advocacy of public education excellence. Through various fundraisers, service projects, and Beth’s presidency for five terms, the Picklers unwavering support for the PTA has never wavered. The friendships made along the way will forever be cherished.
Tennessee Business Roundtable
David Pickler brought Pickler Wealth Advisors into the Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) in 2018, after the organization connected with him and the Tennessee School Boards Association to work on a joint project. In November of 2022, David was asked to serve as Chair Elect for the state-wide organization.
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee and as the Planned Giving Consultant, David continuously supports the initiatives that make Cecil C. Humphreys a school of excellence.
Collierville Schools and CHS
Through our work in raising funds for, and sponsoring, the new Collierville High School (including the Pickler Auditorium), our community’s youth are now empowered to dream bigger than ever.
Forever Young Senior Veterans
Forever Young provides honor, healing, and hope to military veterans by granting their unfulfilled dreams, returning them to the places where they fought. We are proud to have assisted them with legal work.
Germantown Municipal Schools
For over 30 years, Pickler Companies has supported Germantown Municipal Schools. Through his service as Chair of the Shelby County Board of Education, David Pickler secured funding to build Houston High School’s first band room.
In one of David Pickler's most significant community engagements in public service to date, Leadership Germantown creates powerful civic opportunities for its residents. David’s work with this phenomenal organization has fostered a life of community service and impactful leadership.
National School Boards Association
Under his leadership as president of the National School Boards Association, David created a national movement that gained more than 50 million members. He also initiated the “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” campaign and helped recruit celebrity spokespeople to carry the message that public education is a vital national security interest.
Planning for Patriots
Pickler Companies believe in Main Street Values, admiring and serving those who have made an impact on our lives. The best example being with our military, both active and inactive. Since the founding of The Pickler Law Firm, David and his team have offered free estate planning for our heroes through the Planning for Patriots program.
SCORE, Memphis Chapter
Pickler Companies’ relationship with the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) dates back to David Pickler’s time on the Shelby County Board of Education, but was reignited in 2020 when our firms were asked to help with a membership crisis. Since then, Pickler Companies has helped grow the mentorship program, and our firms’ leaders have delivered presentations to SCORE’s members.
Tennessee School Boards Association
David’s commitment to public education excellence was reinforced by his service to TSBA. Through the key relationships made to the imperative capital campaign he led, TSBA gave David the invaluable tools necessary to strengthen his love for the board members of Tennessee’s public schools.
The Road Less Traveled.
David Pickler, founder and CEO of Pickler Companies, built his personal and professional life on the principles of community service, civic leadership, and philanthropic investment, and that same passion has transferred to his team members. We consider Engaged Philanthropy as a core philosophy, and our mission to give back will never waver.
Our success through client-service excellence has provided us the unique opportunity to engage in profound ways with our community. And because we make a difference for our clients and their families, we are then able to make a difference in our community, state, and country. It is a harmonious relationship that creates a cycle of altruism.
We believe in paying it forward through the Three T’s: talent, time, and treasures. While simply writing a check to an organization is helpful, we believe in taking the road less traveled. This means a greater time commitment, but also a greater impact. It is the only way to make a real difference.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Leave a Long Shadow.
Giving back is not about success, but about significance. It is about the shadow you cast long after you’re gone.
How are you bettering the lives of your neighbors? What can you do to move the needle? And what talents do you have that can truly benefit others? While we do not know what tomorrow holds, we all have the same amount of time each day and we all have something to give. How will you utilize your time to build a life of significance and change the world?
Discover your why and be the change you want to see in the world.