More Than 700 Baird Associates Lend Helping Hands During “Baird Gives Back Week”

Event Extends Active Community Involvement of Firm, Associates

MILWAUKEE, June 16, 2011
 
More than 700 Baird associates and family members donated a collective 2,200 volunteer hours May 20-26 to help more than 75 non-profit organizations as part of the firm’s “Baird Gives Back Week.” The initiative was launched two years ago in Milwaukee where Baird is based, and was expanded this year firmwide with more than 35 locations participating including offices in Shanghai, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Raleigh, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. Associates across the 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.

Organized by Baird’s Community Involvement Associate Resource Group, a group of associates who share a passion for volunteering, “Baird Gives Back Week” 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. This caring commitment is a tradition built through the efforts of the firm, the Baird Foundation and the community involvement of Baird associates. Associates receive a paid day off each year to perform volunteer service through the “Baird Cares” program.

“When our communities do well, we do well, both as a business and as individuals seeking balance in our work and personal lives,” said Paul E. Purcell, Baird Chairman, President & CEO. “It is very inspiring that so many of our associates across the firm chose to participate in Baird Gives Back Week, an event that truly celebrates our long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.”

“Many Baird associates generously share their time and talents to help better their communities throughout the year, so their enthusiastic response to ‘Baird Gives Back Week’ is not surprising,” said Julie Kuesel, Human Capital Project Manager and co-chair of Baird Gives Back Week. “The goal of this annual event is to make it easy and fun for all associates to pitch in and show their support, as well as to broaden their exposure to non-profit organizations that can really use the help. We are privileged to do what we can to help these vital community organizations fulfill their important missions.”

About Baird
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 2,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of nearly $84 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 14 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011 – its eighth consecutive year on the list. 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 private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at rwbaird.com.