Community Engagement

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 10 cities 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 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. Through this program, we have supported college preparation and graduation initiatives, established mentoring relationships, provided new computer labs for after-school and summer programs, supported arts education in public schools, and brought nutritious food to school children and their families. Our current Community Partners are Bernie’s Book Bank, Bunker Labs, and Urban Initiatives.

Each year William Blair employees contribute to hundreds of charitable organizations through their time and leadership. To support their engagement, we offer a full day of paid time off to volunteer. Around the world, employees are active in their communities supporting food banks, environmental programs, and educational organizations. Our employees collect coats for Wrap Up London, help fight homelessness in Zurich, and sponsor an annual youth art competition to celebrate the legacy of Anne Frank in Frankfurt. In 2016, $2.4 million was invested by the firm and its foundation to support more than 500 charitable organizations.

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