Community Engagement

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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 80 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. Our current Community Partners are MAPSCorps and MetroSquash. Around the world, employees are active in their communities supporting food banks, environmental programs, and educational organizations. In 2017, $2.4 million was invested by the firm and its foundation to support more than 500 charitable organizations.

Retired U.S. Marine Col. Tom Manion

Veterans’ Alliance Hosts Marine Father, a Gold Star Parent

Retired U.S. Marine Col. Tom Manion, whose son died while rescuing his fellow Marines in Iraq, shared his family’s story and those of other courageous veterans at William Blair’s annual Veterans’ Alliance event.
Hands gardening

Gardening at a Chicago Urban Farm Supports Jobs and Nutrition

William Blair colleagues spent an afternoon on September 21 at an urban farm on Chicago’s South Side to collect produce, plant fall greens and clean gardens after the summer harvest to support the local non-profit Growing Home, a William Blair community partner.

College Students From MetroSquash Wrap Up Summer Internships

Four collegians from MetroSquash’s youth program wrapped up their summer internships at William Blair by thanking their colleagues and sponsors for what they called an inspiring first experience in a professional office environment.

William Blair Hosts Talk on Increasing Women in Asset Management

Seema Hingorani, founder of Girls Who Invest, shared her experiences of increasing the number of women in asset management through her innovative mentoring program at a recent Chicago gathering of financial professionals.
Pride Run 2018

Celebrating Pride Month

William Blair celebrated Pride month by supporting Chicago's annual Proud to Run 10K and 5K. June also marked the first anniversary of William Blair's Pride Alliance network for employees.

William Blair Kicks Off Community Partners Program

William Blair kicks off its 2018-2019 Community Partners program in March with Chicago nonprofits MetroSquash and MAPSCorps to support youth development and community services.