Milwaukee, June 6, 2017 – Baird associates and their family members donated more than 5,974 volunteer hours to help more than 130 non-profit organizations as part of the firm's annual "Baird Gives Back Week," held from May 15-20. The firmwide event, which was launched eight years ago, included more than 1,508 volunteers from over 75 Baird offices in cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Shanghai, Milwaukee, London, Atlanta, Baltimore and many more. Associates across the global financial services firm helped with projects such as preparing and serving food, tutoring and mentoring students, working with seniors, building homes, cleaning up parks, performing indoor/outdoor maintenance, and assisting with event coordination.
"Baird Gives Back Week truly showcases the passion that Baird associates have for the communities in which we live and work," said Steve Booth, Baird President and CEO. "We are proud of our nearly 100 year tradition of giving back and of our associates who generously share their time and talents with very deserving organizations not only during this week, but throughout the year."
The weeklong event is organized by the Baird Gives Back Associate Resource Group, which consists of associates who share a passion for volunteering. It is an extension of Baird's commitment to the communities in which its associates live and work, which is core to the firm's culture and brand. This caring commitment is a tradition built through the efforts of the firm, Baird Foundation and the community involvement of Baird associates. Baird gives its associates two full paid days off annually to volunteer in their communities through the "Baird Cares" program, which many use to participate in Baird Gives Back Week. Learn more about the firm's drive to give back in the 2016 Baird Foundation Annual Report.
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Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 3,400 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $171 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 – its 14th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird's principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird's investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird's Web site at www.rwbaird.com.