Bates White Community Connection

Giving back to the community is an integral part of the Bates White culture. We sponsor more than 30 initiatives each year, all of which are proposed and organized by our employees, who are passionate about giving. Throughout the year, individuals earn raffle tickets for volunteering, contributing money, and donating goods. At our annual holiday celebration, prizes are awarded, and we celebrate our giving back. In addition to the raffle, the firm encourages community efforts by providing resources, matching donations, and assisting in other ways to make it all happen.

Of particular note, Bates White was ranked the #3 firm for philanthropy in the 2016 Vault Consulting 50. And, in recognition of our partnership with Higher Achievement, Bates White received the “Greatest Impact on a Local Nonprofit” award from Greater DC Cares.

Recent initiatives

  • In 2016, the firm donated more than $110,000 to the community, a new annual record.
  • Employees supported the Children's Law Center Holiday Hope program by granting wishes for six children from four families and raising more than $16,000.
  • This year's Ghosts and Goblins for Hope Connections for Cancer Support featured a costume contest and an auction to "Dress the Bosses," whereby employees bid on costumes to put on senior leadership. As a result of the event, Bates White donated close to $3,000 to the organization.
  • Forty employees put tested their culinary talents by competing in this year's Bates White Throwdown! Everyone enjoyed delicious appetizers, main dishes, sides, and deserts while raising more than $6,000 for Higher Achievement.
  • Our 2016 Summer Consultants organized a Balloon War, Snack Drive, and Casino Night to raise more than $6,000 for Camp Kesem, an organization that provides free summer camp to children whose families have been touched by cancer.
  • For one month, more than 100 employees walked a total of 18,000 miles in our annual Battle of the Pedometers. The winning teams split the proceeds, sending more than $2,800 to multiple nonprofit organizations
  • Employees donated close to 1,000 pieces of clothing to Bread for the City.