Imagine making a difference in communities across the globe.
Community involvement is central to Baird's culture. We are proud to support our associates' individual and collective efforts to make a difference in their communities, and many serve charities in board and other leadership roles. Our Associate Resource Groups support a variety of deserving causes, while our Baird Cares program provides paid time off for volunteering. One of our broadest community initiatives is Baird Gives Back Week, an annual event that unites Baird associates, family and friends for collaborative service opportunities. In 2016, more than 1,500 Baird volunteers donated 5,300 hours to more than 100 nonprofit organizations globally.
Coming Together For Our Communities
We are committed to supporting our associates' passion for giving back. Baird's Milwaukee and Chicago associates contributed a record $2.1 million to United Way in 2016, reflecting our firm and associates' commitment to supporting those in need. We expanded our campaign on behalf of United Way to 31 Baird locations across the U.S.
Baird Foundation supports organizations devoted to health and human services, education, the arts and diversity. It enhances our associates' financial generosity through matching and charitable gifts. Over 70% of our associates requested matching gifts in 2016 to further the impact of their personal donations. The Foundation also supports organizations where our associates are actively engaged.
To learn more, see our 2016 Baird Foundation Annual Report .
Making an Impact
Baird Foundation contributed $3.2 million to qualified nonprofits in 2016.