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 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.

Greenwood Project/Nasdaq on Times Square jumbotron

William Blair Invests in Nonprofits to Strengthen Our Industry and Communities

Honored to work with the Greenwood Project named after the prosperous Black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and home of Black Wall Street.
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Celebrating Pride Month With Thresholds CEO and LGBTQ Leader Mark Ishaug

William Blair hosted an inspirational conversation with Mark Ishaug, a Chicago and national LGBTQ leader and advocate for the rights of vulnerable populations.
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Colleagues Take On Ronald McDonald House Charities UK Challenge

William Blair colleagues from around the globe took on the 2021 Ronald McDonald Charities House-to-House challenge this spring to support families with seriously ill children.
Karen Eames folding clothes for the Community Giving Tree in Boston

William Blair Launches Volunteer Grants Program; Celebrates Volunteer Month

In honor of our employee volunteers engaging in their communities around the world, William Blair launched a new grants program that contributes funds to charities where colleagues volunteer their time.
"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.