ATLANTA, January 10, 2017 – OppenheimerFunds employees supported the local community during this week’s Distribution Symposium in Atlanta. In coordination with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, conference attendees assembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages that will include school supplies and dorm room items for Club member teens who are preparing for their freshman year in college, as well as small items from the National Museum of Mathematics. The firm also provided a $10,000 grant to the organization.
Over the past six years, OppenheimerFunds employees have supported local philanthropic groups in cities across the United States during the symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm’s Distribution team.
“We strive to make a difference in the communities where our advisors and investors live and work by collaborating with local philanthropic groups as part of our Distribution Symposium,” said John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds. “We are excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to further strengthen our team while building a meaningful connection with the local community, through tomorrow’s leaders.”
College Bound is an educational leadership program designed to support high school members through the college preparation and application process. Each participant is assigned a Boys & Girls Club staff member who serves as their personal case manager throughout their college years. Staff helps teens meet the requirements for college admissions, prepare for SAT and ACT tests, prepare for the transition from high school to college, and access scholarships and funding.
“Many of the youth we serve face barriers when it comes to academic achievement. They don’t have access to the resources and relationships they need to excel,” said Missy Dugan, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “We are so grateful to partners like OppenheimerFunds who believe in our kids and invest in their future potential. We know with the right resources and support, these kids and teens will become the next leaders in our community.”
OppenheimerFunds’ broader philanthropic initiatives include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to engage 10,000 students in math literacy programs over the next several years through non-profit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. In coordination with the National Museum of Math, the firm sponsors classes from Title I schools to experience MoMath’s hands-on activities, and employees volunteer as guides. The firm also works with the Boys & Girls Club in a variety of ways, including to provide engaging math experiences for students. Employees volunteer abroad as well through the firm’s partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs 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, up to $5,000. To learn more, visit the firm’s Philanthropy & Community page.
OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer Highlights
|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||Refurbished local school facilities||$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||Refurbished local school facilities||$10,000|
|January 2014||Dallas, TX||Flood victims||Provided various types of assistance||$10,000|
|August 2014||Washington, DC||Boys Town||Made campus improvements, organized donated items, created backpacks, repaired kitchen facilities||$10,000|
|January 2015||Atlanta, GA||USO Council of Georgia||Gathered and donated care packages for troops||$10,000|
|August 2015||San Diego, CA||Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)||Built 75 wheelchairs for donation||$10,000|
|August 2015||San Diego, CA||Ronald McDonald House||Stuffed ~100 teddy bears for children||$10,000|
|January 2016||Atlanta, GA||Hands On Atlanta||Assembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits||$10,000|
|July 2016||Boston, MA||Boston Cares||Constructed 30 toddler beds and packed 100 blankets and 100 superhero capes||$10,000|
|January 2017||Atlanta, GA||Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta||Assembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages||$10,000|