Monique Terry, Director of Community and Civic Engagement at Hands On Atlanta, joins John McDonough, Head of Distribution at OppenheimerFunds, for an employee volunteer event during OppenheimerFunds’ Distribution Symposium in Atlanta.

ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2016 – OppenheimerFunds employees supported the local community during this week’s Distribution Symposium in Atlanta. Conference attendees assembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits for students who attend Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery Program. The firm also provided a $10,000 grant to the organization.

Over the past five years, OppenheimerFunds employees have supported local philanthropic groups in cities across the United States during the symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 300 members of the firm’s sales team.

“As a leading asset manager, our clients are based across the country, and we want to make a difference in the communities where our advisors and investors live and work,” said John McDonough, Head of Distribution at OppenheimerFunds. “The volunteer opportunities offered during the Distribution Symposium allow us to further strengthen our team while building meaningful connections in the communities we serve.”

Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery Program provides tutoring, homework help, structured enrichment activities, and STEM and financial literacy education to more than 800 students from local Title I schools each month. The program also combats student hunger by providing breakfast, snacks, and lunch through the Georgia Food Bank Association’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

“OppenheimerFunds’ focus on promoting math literacy among young people creates a natural alignment with our Discovery Program,” said Gina Simpson, President and CEO at Hands On Atlanta. “Both Hands On Atlanta and OppenheimerFunds aim to help students uncover their potential by igniting in them a lifelong love of math and science.”

OppenheimerFunds Supports Atlanta Community

OppenheimerFunds donated $10,000 to Hands On Atlanta, and employees assembled 600 backpacks for children served by the nonprofit.

OppenheimerFunds’ corporate philanthropy includes a partnership with The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), which provides exhibits and programs that engage students to make math more fun and less intimidating and prepare them for careers that rely on it. The firm sponsors classes from Title I schools to experience MoMath’s hands-on activities, and employees volunteer as guides. Employees volunteer abroad as well through the firm’s partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides meaningful and sustainable service opportunities in locations around the world. OppenheimerFunds employees also make a difference through the Volunteer Time-Off Program, through which they spend one workday per year volunteering with a philanthropic organization of their choice, and the Matching Gifts Program, which doubles the impact of any donation an employee makes to a qualified organization. To learn more, visit the firm’s Philanthropy & Community page.

OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer History
DateLocationOrganizationActivityAmount Donated
January 2011 Dallas, TX Dallas Children’s Hospital Created murals for hospital walls $10,000
August 2011 Chicago, IL Chicago Cares to benefit Woodson South Elementary School Fixed up the local school $10,000
January 2012 Fort Worth, TX USO Dallas Assembled and donated backpacks for troops $10,000
August 2012 Salt Lake City, UT Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake Built and donated bicycles $10,000
January 2013 New York, NY Breezy Point Relief Fund Assembled and donated care packages $10,000
August 2013 Laguna Nigel, CA Las Palmas Elementary School Fixed up the local school $10,000
January 2014 Dallas, TX Flood victims Provided various types of assistance $10,000
August 2014 Washington, DC Boys Town Fixed up the campus, organized donated items, created backpacks, fixed kitchens to facilitate cooking, etc. $10,000
January 2015 Atlanta, GA USO Council of Georgia Assembled and donated care packages for troops $10,000
August 2015 San Diego, CA Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) Assembled 75 wheelchairs for donation $10,000
August 2015 San Diego, CA Ronald McDonald House Stuffed approximately 100 bears for children $10,000
January 2016 Atlanta, GA Hands On Atlanta Assembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits $10,000