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Lift Orlando Lands Million-Dollar Donation From KPMG

KPMG said Tuesday it will hire more than 600 new employees in the Orlando area.

By Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel (TNS)

KPMG, the tax, audit and advisory firm with a headquarters in Lake Nona, committed a $1 million donation to Lift Orlando Tuesday in hopes of bridging education and healthcare gaps in West Lakes neighborhoods near Camping World Stadium.

The donation was announced during a celebration of the firm’s 125-year anniversary, alongside an announcement of hiring more than 600 new employees in the region which would bring its local workforce to more than 2,000.

“This is a large-scale investment,” said Lift Orlando President Eddy Moratin of the donation. “These gifts don’t come very often.”

The nonprofit, which brought in $3.7 million last year according to its annual report, focuses on the neighborhoods surrounding Camping World Stadium, building everything from mixed-income and affordable housing to a health center, and investing in businesses.

Its model pairs business and community leaders to revitalize neighborhoods like West Lakes, which face historic systemic barriers.

The $1 million will be paid over a five-year period in $200,000 installments and go toward investing in small businesses, early-childhood education and healthcare options, said Anita Whitehead, who chairs the KPMG Foundation.

“Through this gift, we’re thrilled to play a role in increasing access to health care and supporting holistic wellness services in a community that has too often become a health care desert,” she said. “Many of these families have the skills, but need a hand up to find the opportunities so they too can prosper.”

KPMG opened an 800,000-square-feet training center in Lake Nona in 2020 called the Lakehouse. The $450 million campus includes 800 hotel-like rooms, dining options and a 1.2-mile fitness trail, the Sentinel reported at the time.

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