"He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” 

- Confucius

At Financial Principles, we not only strive to make a difference in the lives of our clients, but in our communities as well.  Giving back is a part of our culture at Financial Principles.  In addition to the financial support that our team gives to charitable organizations, our team members donate a great deal of time to local causes. Below is a diary of some of our most recent time spent volunteering on service projects.

June 2020


We have had many interns over the years, some of whom have turned full time with our practice! We think it is very important to give back and to provide valuable learning opportunities to the future of our industry. Given the current COVID-19 remote working environment, we have partnered with UDel to provide a Virtual Summer Job Shadow!

May 2020


Brad participated in a “clap out” for frontline workers at Mt. Sinai in the city.  Thanks to all of our brave healthcare heroes on the front lines!

May 2020


Did you know that we have a horse? Well, kind of.  Brad and his family have adopted a rescue
horse! They are the generous sponsors of Koda a rescue horse from Texas who now lives at the Bergen County Horse Rescue in Mahwah!

April 2020


Teachers in Steve’s hometown turned their garage into a food pantry feeding over 250 families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his involvement with community organizations, Steve was able to apply for and secure grants to help support their amazing work!

March 2020



Dan Trout volunteered for Read Across America Day by reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” at the Clifton Public Schools!

December 2019


JoAnne and her daughter are spreading the holiday cheer! They volunteered their time at the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Oncology department’s annual Christmas party. The two spent their evening working directly with the pediatric cancer patients.  It was a night full of fun activities, as well as a special visit from Santa!

December 2019


Dan and Madison Trout delivered 309 packages of socks and underwear from our drive for The Bowery Mission!  Thanks to all of our friends, clients, and staff for their generous donations!

December 2019


Every December, Steve organizes a holiday luncheon complete with games, presents, and he even dresses up for a visit from Santa for the children of a local residential care facility. 

November 2019


As an Executive Board Member of the West Milford Youth Soccer Program, Dan founded the Challenger Division for children with special needs. Every year, Dan serves as a coach for the Challenger Division and Financial Principles is proud to donate a season-end pizza party.

September 2019


Hightower Financial Principles was a proud sponsor of The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s! It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.

June 2019


Hightower Financial Principles is going global! We are proud to be the corporate sponsor of the Mahwah Raiders Soccer Club who are headed to Spain to represent USA in an international tournament!

June 2019


The FP team was proud to sponsor the Dennis P. McHugh Foundation’s Annual 5k and Family Fair! We had a great time participating and honoring FDNY firefighter Dennis McHugh who was among the more than 2,800 brave rescue workers and civilians lost during the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. To learn more about the foundation and their wonderful work, please visit www.dennispmchugh.com. 

May 2019


Dan is proud to support the West Milford Rotary and all of their great service projects as a sponsor of their annual golf outing. 

March 2019


Through his volunteer work as the grants coordinator for the Hackensack Elks, Steve is able to organize a few shipments each year to deployed servicemen and women around the globe.  This month a special shipment of cigars, toiletries, and other morale boosting goodies was sent out through Adopt a Soldier Platoon to a special forces unit in AFG that unfortunately lost two members recently. 

February 2019


On February 8th Dan and his wife Linda’s Church held Tim Tebow’s “Night to Shine” which is a prom for special needs people from age 16 – 60! There were 95 Prom Kings and Queens along with their parents and caregivers for a total of 240 guests at this Gala Event. Dan served on set up, security and clean up duty while Linda was a one on one host for her special guest.

January 2019


FP Family Member Alan Feder is active with Big City Mountaineers (BCM).  BCM’s mission is to instill critical life skills in under-resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences.  Mike was proud to support Alan’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the FP Team.

December 2018


Jo Anne volunteered with her daughters at the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s children’s holiday party for the Oncology Department. Jo Anne volunteers her time and helps raise funds for the children’s hospital throughout the year.

Every December, Steve organizes a holiday luncheon complete with games, presents, and a visit from Santa for the children of a local residential care facility.

This winter, the FP Team organized a coat drive to collect hats, coats, scarves, and gloves for those in need. Thank you to all of our clients and friends who helped make this coat drive a success!

November 2018


The FP Team made a donation on behalf of our clients to Feeding America. Feeding America is America’s largest domestic hunger relief organization with 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries across the country. Through their efforts, Feeding America has served 1 in 7 Americans and in 2016 alone provided over 4 billion meals to those in need.

The FP Team organized a Thanksgiving food drive for local families in need. Thank you to all of our clients and friends who helped make this food drive such a success!

Fall 2018


Brad and his daughter Breanna are regular volunteers at the Bergen County Horse Rescue.  This Fall they logged 40 hours of community service and raised over $1,500 for the horses!

Spring 2018


As an Executive Board Member of the West Milford Youth Soccer Program, Dan founded the Challenger Division for children with special needs. Every year, Financial Principles is proud to support the Challenger Division with a season-end pizza party!

November 2017


Steve ran a 10k through Central Park for Save the Elephants.  

May 2017


Brad is a regular supporter of Bike MS. He participated in this year’s Bike MS Shore to Shore ride for the National MS Society.

October 2015



Brad and his daughters Jenna and Breanna participated in Bergen Bike Tour, a ride benefiting the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Tomorrows Children’s Fund.

May 2014

Brad and Joe Barone of the FP Family participated in a Century Ride charity cycling event.

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