Culture & Diversity
Our giving in review: Here’s how we made a difference
Since our founding in 1962, we’ve been committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work – and 2018 was no exception. Read how, together, we make a difference.
Raymond James is a leader in philanthropy because our associates and advisors are leaders in their communities, actively working to build, strengthen and grow them. And we do so together.
Caring for our communities
Across the firm, you’ll see Raymond James associates and advisors giving back to others in countless ways, supporting the arts, the United Way, and a host of educational, civic, social and philanthropic endeavors.
Together, Raymond James, associates and advisors support 500-plus organizations annually.
In 2018, we collectively donated more than $56.4 million to charitable organizations, including nearly $6.25 million to the United Way and its partner agencies through our corporate match program.
Raymond James supports many of these organizations through sponsorships, including Raymond James Stadium, American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and more.
Last year, we recorded more than 164,000 total volunteer hours to organizations near and dear to our hearts.
While Raymond James Cares is a year-long community involvement initiative, one month each year is officially designated as Raymond James Cares Month – a period of 31 days when our advisors and associates team up to give back to their communities.
Last August, during Raymond James Cares Month, we reached record-breaking results: more than 2,500 professionals hosted over 200 volunteer projects across 112 local communities in 30 U.S. states and the United Kingdom, contributing more than 7,250 hours to benefit 172 nonprofit organizations.
This year, our seventh annual Raymond James Cares Month will move to May, when we’ll combine efforts with Raymond James Limited in Canada to make an even bigger difference in our communities. Be on the lookout for more details.
Influencing positive change
Raymond James, associates and advisors are invested in longstanding community endeavors and partnerships. See a sample below of how, together, we’re making an impact.
American Heart Association
For the ninth year in a row, Raymond James and associates participated in the Tampa Bay Heart Walk, earning us the distinction of being the No. 1 fundraising company in Florida and the No. 5 fundraising company in the nation.
Collectively, we raised $348,031 and touted 59 teams and over 487 firm participants. Our very own Kristie Kindstrom, vice president, wealth solutions, also received the “Company Leader of the Year” award for her firm leadership on the 2018 Tampa Bay Heart Walk.
Nearly 400 advisors and associates across the firm gave back through financial education in the classroom last year, partnering with national organizations like Junior Achievement and the SIFMA Foundation, and spearheading local efforts of their own. To name a few:
- RJA advisor Sacha Millstone serves as the board chair and “champion” for Funding the Future (FTF), an innovative musician-led financial literacy program that has performed for more than 125,000 students in 33 states and Canada. She recently won the 2018 Invest in Others “Volunteer of the Year” award for her contributions with FTF.
- RJFS advisor Todd Sanford works alongside his alma mater, Western Michigan University, and faculty to address financial literacy across the university and the nation. In October 2018, they created the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness. (Read the full story.)
Habitat for Humanity
Since 2005, Raymond James has fully sponsored eight Habitat for Humanity builds in Pinellas County, with associates doing the work from start to finish – donating more than 5,800 volunteer hours for local families in need. In 2018 alone, more than 200 associates volunteered over 1,500 hours to build a home for the well-deserving Umberger family. Watch the video to hear their story.
Raymond James responded with disaster relief in the fall, offering aid to the Carolinas, Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia and Alabama, all of which were impacted by two powerful hurricanes, as well as the regions in California devastated by wildfires. To help rebuild our communities, the firm donated $400,000 and associates raised $12,880.
Associate-led charity funds
Throughout the year, the Information Technology (IT) teams in St. Pete, Memphis and Southfield head up local charity funds, snack rooms and stores to benefit their communities. To highlight a few:
- Over the holidays in St. Pete, associates provided gifts for 260 children across Pinellas County through the IT Charity Fund efforts. Over the last 30 years, they have helped spread joy to more than 2,100 children around the holidays.
- In Memphis last June, the IT Charity Fund granted a wish for 6-year-old Lydia, who lives with cystic fibrosis. By raising money through their local store, Memphis associates sent Lydia and her family to Hawaii through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Together, we make a difference
As we kick off 2019, let's reflect on our success in 2018, and carry on our more than five-decades-long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.