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 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.

In 2019, the firm and foundation supported more than 900 organizations through nearly 1,500 charitable grants. The total donated by the firm and foundation to invest in our communities was $2.9M. 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.

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William Blair Hosts Students to Encourage STEM Careers

William Blair hosted a group of Chicago elementary school girls on February 13 for an interactive learning session about 3D printing run by nonprofit MakerGirl, which inspires study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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Community Partnership Program Goes Global

William Blair expands its community partnership program to include its global offices and announces 11 new partners, continuing a nine-year-old initiative that began in Chicago.
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Annual Coat Drive Warms Up UK

William Blair employees kicked off the 2019 holiday season this month by collecting thousands of coats to help those in need across London.
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Veterans, Colleagues Celebrate Patriotism on November 11

William Blair military veterans inspired colleagues with their patriotism at the firm’s Veterans Day celebration.
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William Blair Receives Music Festival Arts Award

The Grant Park Music Festival presented William Blair an Advocate for the Arts award in recognition of its support of the arts and culture in Chicago.
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MetroSquash College Students Wrap Up Summer Internships

College students with MetroSquash youth program, a William Blair community partner, wrapped up their summer internships with the firm, sharing their hopes they and their fellow “GenZ” generation have for the future at an employee event.