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Giving back

When it comes to giving back to the community, we put employees in charge. Through BW Community Connection and our pro bono program, employees choose which nonprofits to support—with fundraising, expertise, or volunteering.


Giving back to the community is an integral part of the Bates White culture.

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“We are incredibly proud to contribute to the community. Our community-focused initiatives reflect the firm’s dedication to creating a workplace that empowers employees and supports their incredible passion to contribute to our community across so many dimensions. Our employees’ creativity and support are truly heartwarming.”

Charlie Mullin, Partner

Voices of our employees

  • Peter Holmes

    Providing rich and rewarding experiences through BWCC

    “One of my favorite things is mentoring middle school students through Higher Achievement every Wednesday. I continuously find Bates White Community Connection programs to be fulfilling, impactful, and a part of my day that I always look forward to.”

    Peter Holmes, Consultant II

  • Amanda Kurzendoerfer

    Delivering for nonprofits with passion and enthusiasm

    "Bates White employees bring remarkable energy and enthusiasm to their casework—and pro bono is no exception. As a member of the team coordinating the firm’s pro bono efforts, I have seen firsthand the willingness to contribute and the many excellent ideas for potential projects. I am thrilled to contribute, both in a coordinating capacity and in bringing my own consulting expertise to bear."

    Amanda Kurzendoerfer, Partner

  • Brian McClelland

    Leveraging analytical skills to give back to the community

    "Bates White employees are passionate about opportunities to use their economic consulting skills to give back to the community—we all realize how valuable this work can be. Based on my own experience, I know this work can help nonprofits literally change lives, and to be a part of that is incredibly rewarding."

    Brian McClelland, Partner

How we’re giving back

  • Community Connection

    Community Connection

    Through our Community Connection program, employees propose and organize initiatives for nonprofits they are passionate about. We average more than 25 initiatives and donate more than $200,000 every year.

  • Pro bono work

    Pro bono work

    Leveraging their professional expertise, employees help nonprofits address business challenges—from performing economic analyses to testifying in legal cases.

Recent /upcoming highlights

  • January 2024Community Connection program ends 2023 strong

    BW employees continued their longstanding tradition of giving back to the community, raising more than $227,000 for 30 nonprofits.

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  • January 2024Bates White supports Humane Rescue Alliance

    Employees made dog toys for and donated supplies to this DC-based shelter.

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  • Bates White develops interactive evaluation tool for DC Greens

    Through its pro bono program, Bates White has partnered with DC Greens to evaluate the effectiveness of its Produce Rx Program.

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  • 2023 CLC Corporate award

    For the sixth year in a row, the Children’s Law Center selected Bates White as its Corporate Champions for Children winner. Bates White has won the award every year since the award’s inception.

    Children's Law Center 2023 Corporate Champion for Children glass award
  • January 2024Employees compete to support DC SCORES

    Employees tested their wits in word-focused competitions to support DC SCORES.

    Three young men and one young woman standing together in front of a screen titled: "DC Scores 2024."

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