Chicago, July 25, 2018 – OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager, supported the local community in Chicago this week during the firm’s Distribution Symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm’s Distribution team. In partnership with Cradles to Crayons and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, employees assembled care packages for children served by both organizations. OppenheimerFunds also provided each nonprofit with a $10,000 grant.

“Twice a year, our distribution team gets together to train, share successes and gain new insights that ultimately help us better serve our clients,” said John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds. “Our employees also look forward to giving back to the communities that host our conferences and are proud to volunteer with great local organizations such as Cradles to Crayons and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.”

Employees assembled and donated:

  • 400 clothing packages that will help provide infants with a week’s worth of outfits.
  • 3,000 hat and glove packages to help keep 10-12 year children warm during the winter months.
  • 800 school backpacks filled with school supplies.

Cradles to Crayons launched in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. The nonprofit provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.

“We are pleased to partner with OppenheimerFunds to help provide children with much needed clothing,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons. “The hats, gloves and infant clothes will be extremely welcomed by the children and families that benefit from our programs."

Since 1902, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago have provided the city's children with a safe, positive and supportive place where they can take advantage of after-school programs, activities and services designed to prepare them for the future and achieve their fullest potential.

“Every day, our clubs help young people build the skills that will help them to make positive contributions in their homes and communities,” said Mimi LeClair, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. “The backpacks and school supplies donated by OppenheimerFunds will give these kids the tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

OppenheimerFunds’ corporate philanthropy and community initiatives also include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to introduce 10,000 students to math literacy programs through nonprofit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. The firm works closely with organizations including the National Museum of Mathematics, Boys & Girls Club, MATHSWORLDUK, Common Impact and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs.

OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer Highlights

DateLocationOrganizationActivityAmount Donated
January 2011Dallas, TXDallas Children’s HospitalCreated murals for hospital walls$10,000
August 2011Chicago, IllinoisChicago Cares to benefit Woodson South Elementary SchoolRefurbished local school facilities$10,000
January 2012Fort Worth, TXUSO DallasAssembled and donated backpacks for troops$10,000
August 2012Salt Lake City, UTBoys & Girls Club of Greater Salt LakeBuilt and donated bicycles$10,000
January 2013New York, NYBreezy Point Relief FundAssembled and donated care packages$10,000
August 2013Laguna Nigel, CALas Palmas Elementary SchoolRefurbished local school facilities$10,000
January 2014Dallas, TXFlood victimsProvided various types of assistance$10,000
August 2014Washington, DCBoys TownMade campus improvements, organized donated items, created backpacks, repaired kitchen facilities$10,000
January 2015Atlanta, GAUSO Council of GeorgiaGathered and donated care packages for troops$10,000
August 2015San Diego, CASupport the Enlisted Project (STEP)Built 75 wheelchairs for donation$10,000
August 2015San Diego, CARonald McDonald HouseStuffed ~100 teddy bears for children$10,000
January 2016Atlanta, GAHands On AtlantaAssembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits$10,000
July 2016Boston, MABoston CaresConstructed 30 toddler beds and packed 100 blankets and 100 superhero capes$10,000
January 2017Atlanta, GABoys & Girls Clubs of Metro AtlantaAssembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages$10,000
August 2017San Diego, CAOperation HomefrontCreated 400 baby care packages for local military families$10,000
August 2017San Diego, CABoys & Girls Clubs of Greater San DiegoHelped build 20 model solar cars with children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and donated 100 model solar car kits to the organization’s STEM program$10,000
January 2018Dallas, TXTrusted WorldAttendees packed and donated 20,000 meal kits to be distributed to families recovering from recent natural disasters.$10,000
January 2018Dallas, TXBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater DallasAssembled and donated 175 Robotics IQ Kits for the organization’s STEM program$10,000
July 2018Chicago, IllinoisBoys & Girls Clubs of ChicagoAssembled and donated 800 backpacks filled with school supplies$10,000
July 2018Chicago, IllinoisCradles to CrayonsAssembled and donated 400 infant clothing packages and 3,000 hat and glove packages.$10,000

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OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a leader in global asset management, is dedicated to providing solutions for its partners and end investors. OppenheimerFunds, including its subsidiaries, manages more than $246 billion in assets for over 13 million shareholder accounts, including sub-accounts, as of June 29, 2018.

Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds is an asset manager with a history of providing innovative strategies to its investors. The firm’s 16 investment management teams specialize in equity, fixed income, alternative, multi-asset, and factor and revenue-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG as a signatory of the UN PRI. OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of products and services to clients, who range from pensions and endowments to financial advisors and individual investors. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy & Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.