Just as we have a passion to excel in our work, Baird associates care deeply about giving back to their communities. Their support comes in a wide variety of ways. Many of our associates have leadership roles in civic and charitable causes, bringing energy and experience to help these organizations reach their goals. Others volunteer through initiatives such as the Baird Cares program, which provides paid time off for community activities. Baird Gives Back Week creates collaborative volunteer opportunities that benefit local communities. A record 1,500 associates and family members participated during 2014, providing more than 4,000 hours of assistance to nearly 100 nonprofits in 60 Baird locations. In just one example of Baird’s many activities, associates in our London office painted colorful school murals for Kids Company, which provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.
Baird associates are as generous with their financial resources as they are with their time and energy. For the fifth consecutive year, Baird contributions to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee topped $1 million, increasing to a record $1.35 million in 2014. Our Chicago office had a record year of participation as well. Many of our associates also donate to other deserving organizations. Baird Foundation encourages these charitable efforts with matching gifts as well as contributions to organizations in which Baird associates are actively involved. The Foundation supports organizations across the country in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, and diversity.