Kansas City’s Grant S. Arends of Alliance Benefit Group Companies of Minnesota & Kansas Honored for Philanthropic Contributions to iThirst, Inc.

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Grant S. Arends, a principal and President of Consulting Services for Alliance Benefit Group of Kansas City, Inc., a principal of Alliance Benefit Group Financial Services, Corp., collectively, Alliance Benefit Group Companies of Minnesota and Kansas (“Alliance Benefit Group”) and founder, chairman and volunteer of iThirst, Inc. (“iThirst”) in Leawood, Kansas, received Honorable Mention for philanthropic excellence in the eighth annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards.

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It’s encouraging to see others in our industry that believe our calling as organizations is to not only invest client assets, but to use our talents to invest in all people that need our help both at home and abroad.

The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation established the Community Leadership Awards to support the philanthropic and volunteer activities of financial advisors. Financial advisors from across the nation are nominated by their peers for exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities in the industry and actively volunteering to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others.

Hundreds of nominations for the Community Leadership Awards are received each year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. This year’s applicant pool was particularly strong. Those receiving Honorable Mention were selected based on their level of involvement, contributions, and the impact of their efforts.

iThirst is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to raise awareness and sustainable resources, supporting the mission of already established “on the ground” partner organizations called to help provide clean water to the world’s one billion people who currently go without. Currently 4,000 children die each day from lack of clean drinking water. That is one child death every 19 seconds.

Alliance Benefit Group mission as an organization is to provide financial services that helps to achieve a sustainable financial future for the American worker. Mr. Arends believes that everyone deserves a chance for a sustainable future and for 1 billion people that starts with a glass of clean water. Therefore, iThirst was founded to help be a part of the solution with the distinct mission to only partner with organizations and projects that are deemed long term, renewable, and sustainable by an extensive due diligence team of lawyers, water engineers, and technology specialists.

Since inception, iThirst has supported the installation of 150 wells and providing 20,000+ people with clean water and this impact continues to expand.

“We are deeply grateful to be honored among financial advisors and the foundations that take part in efforts locally, nationally, and across the globe to strengthen communities. It’s encouraging to see others in our industry that believe our calling as organizations is to not only invest client assets, but to use our talents to invest in all people that need our help both at home and abroad.” said Arends. An advocate for volunteerism in the workplace, he added, “It is our belief that all of these philanthropic missions change both the lives of the people served, but change the lives of those who serve.”

About the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation
Established in 2006, the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charity founded with the mission of encouraging, recognizing, and supporting the philanthropic and volunteer activities of financial advisors in their communities. The Invest in Others mission is achieved through a community-based approach to philanthropy that seeks to strengthen neighborhoods from within by empowering those who are committed to serving others in their professional and personal lives. As mentors, volunteers, fundraisers and leaders, financial professionals lend their unique skills and perspectives to the challenges and opportunities facing others in communities around the country and around the world. Invest in Others is proud to support and promote these efforts to better our world one community at a time. For more information, visit http://www.investinothers.org.

About iThirst Inc.
Founded in 2011 by Grant Arends, iThirst Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charity founded with the mission of raising awareness and resources to help solve the global water crisis. Currently, dirty water is the leading cause of death among children in the developing regions of the world. Dirty water kills over 4,000 children per day equating to one child death every 19 seconds. iThirst’s mission is to fight this crisis by supporting already established on-the-ground organizations that have demonstrated a track record of providing clean water in a long-term sustainable fashion. Projects currently being supported by iThirst include Marion Medical Missions which has been installing shallow water wells to very remote villages in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. Since 1990 Marion Medical Missions has installed over 20,000 shallow water wells providing clean water to over 3 million people. Over 90% of these wells are still functioning to this day demonstrating the true impact of sustainable solutions. For more information visit http://www.iThirst.org.

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