Community Engagement

William Blair is the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

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We are committed to being a long-term partner to the communities in which we live and work. This is a legacy we inherited from our founder more than 85 years ago and proudly continue today. William Blair and its foundation provide financial support to hundreds of charities every year through its grants, sponsorships, and employee matching gifts program. We are also proud to support our signature Community Partners Program, through which we provide meaningful financial support and volunteerism.

In 2020, the firm and foundation donated $3.6 million to over 900 charitable organizations in our global communities. Our current community partners in Chicago are Chicago Children’s Choir, Golden Apple, and Greenwood Project. We expanded our program to all global offices for 2020-2021 and have 11 new community partners around the world.

"Until Justice Just Is"

William Blair Proud to Support YWCA’s Racial Justice Campaign

In honor of Black History Month, William Blair is proud to pledge its support of the YWCA’s Until Justice Just Is campaign, an initiative to raise awareness of racial injustices and end racism in communities nationwide.
Worker stacking Chicago Food Depository boxes

William Blair Teams With Food Banks as COVID Hunger Surges

William Blair has expanded its support of local food banks in each of the 16 communities around the world where William Blair offices are located to help those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Donation bag packed for Wrap Up London

William Blair Supports 2020 Wrap Up London Coat Drive

William Blair teamed up with the Wrap Up London campaign to spread warmth across the UK this holiday season by supporting the group’s annual coat drive for the needy.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones

Women in Spotlight at William Blair Veterans Day Celebration

Retired Army officer Michele Jones, the first female command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve, shared her inspirational story of serving in the military for more than two decades at the firm’s Veterans Day celebration.
Tye Clark

Crain’s Recognizes Tye Clark as Notable Veteran Executive

William Blair’s Tye Clark was named to Crain’s 2020 Notable Veteran Executives list, an honor roll of Chicago executives recognized for their business leadership and for advancing issues that affect military veterans within the workplace.
William Blair employees

Boston Business Journal Honors William Blair for Charitable Contributions

William Blair was among the most charitable companies in Massachusetts honored by the Boston Business Journal at its 2020 Corporate Citizenship Awards Celebration on September 10.