Wrap Up London

Each year, Wrap Up London, Hands On London’s annual coat collection campaign, brings together hundreds of Londoners each November who are willing to donate at least two hours of their time. These volunteers will help with the coats as they are donated, sort them and distribute them to the homeless, elderly and refugee charities across the city.

In November of 2016, over 850 people gave their time to collect nearly 23,000 coats and distribute them to over 100 charities. Wrap Up London has been impacting the London city for the past 7 years. Of Wrap Up London’s 7 years, William Blair’s London office has supported Hands On London each of those years during their annual Wrap Up London coat drive. The William Blair team helped to collect 167 bags of coats.

William Blair’s Commitment to Philanthropy

William Blair’s commitment to philanthropy is exemplified each year through the William Blair employees’ countless contributions to hundreds of charitable organizations. As William Blair considers the philanthropic involvement of its employees a staple to company culture, they offer a full day of paid time off to volunteer.

William Blair employees are active in their communities throughout the world. Each year, they support food banks, environmental programs and educational organizations. An example of an  annual obligation to the William Blair European teams is the annual coat collection for ‘Wrap Up London.’ This organization works to battle homelessness in Zurich and sponsors an annual youth art competition to celebrate the legacy of Anne Frank in Frankfurt. The firm invested $2.4 million in 2016 to support more than 500 charitable organizations.

William Blair Named A 2017 Top Workplace

This past November, for the eighth consecutive year, William Blair was awarded a 2017 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune.

“Nothing is more important to our clients’ success than making sure our workplace has a culture where our people are enjoying their work and feel rewarded for their efforts on our clients’ behalf.  We’re thrilled to win this award from the Chicago Tribune,” said Mark Brady, William Blair’s Head of M&A.

Each year, these rankings are curated from employee feedback obtained through surveys. William Blair ranked 17 for large companies with 1,000 employees or more in the Chicago area.

The Tribune article includes a complete list of company rankings.

William Blair’s Community Involvement

The William Blair team is committed to creating longer-term partnerships in the communities where its employees work and live. Philanthropy has been a staple of the William Blair culture that was instilled by its founder, William McCormick Blair, more than 80 years ago.

William Blair and its foundation provide financial support to hundreds of charities every year through its grants, sponsorships and employee matching gifts program. William Blair’s current Community Partners include Bernie’s Book Bank, Bunker Labs and Urban Initiatives. The company also pioneered a Community Partners program. Through this initiative, William Blair provides meaningful financial support and volunteer opportunities to its employees. The Community Program has supported college preparation and graduation initiatives, established mentoring relationships, provided new computer labs for afterschool and summer programs, supported arts education in public schools and brought nutritious food to school children and their families.

Mark Brady, William Blair’s Head of M&A is one of the many employees that have used the company’s culture to give back to his Chicago community. Mark is a board member of PlanetEcosystems and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Throughout the year, Mark contributes leadership, volunteerism and monetary support to several different charitable initiatives alongside his colleagues.