In 2021, Bates White and its employees donated a combined total of more than $235,000 to the community through the Bates White Community Connection (BWCC) program. This result reflects another fundraising record, topping last year’s donations by more than $10,000. To achieve this, employees organized 29 initiatives throughout the year to support 23 nonprofit organizations.
Employees recognized the tremendous needs of the community—locally and across the globe—in light of the continuing pandemic and natural disasters. And once again, organizers came up with creative fundraisers that could be implemented while working from home. Events included a weeklong food trivia competition to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, drives for disaster relief for Afghan people through the International Rescue Committee and emergency COVID-19 relief for India through GiveIndia, a spelling bee to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, a remote chocolate-tasting session for Martha’s Table, a month-long pedometer challenge that raised funds for Higher Achievement, and a week of team events to raise funds for the District Alliance for Safe Housing.
Charlie Mullin, Bates White Managing Partner, said, “Thanks to the amazing generosity of our employees, we hit another fundraising record in 2021. It’s about more than the funds, though. Our employees are passionate about supporting the community, especially in a year when the need was greater than ever. These results reflect the firm’s dedication to creating a workplace that empowers individuals to show their support for organizations whose missions they care about. Our employees’ creativity and generosity are truly heartwarming.”
More information on the BWCC program is available here.