Together, Raymond James and the United Way tackle some of the world’s toughest issues – improving education, strengthening financial stability and making communities healthier.
A 48-year partnership
The partnership between the two organizations dates back to 1970, when Raymond James’ charitable spirit was just gaining momentum.
“It started out of necessity,” said Tom James, chairman emeritus and former chief executive officer. “We [the firm] really didn’t have a lot of money to give away at that point, but wanted to do something charitably.”
It was an obvious choice for Raymond James to turn to the United Way, reputable for its thorough research and respected work with partner agencies, while also developing much-needed services and resources for those less fortunate across our communities.
“The firm could turn to the United Way to research charities and even respond to questions about funds,” said Tom. “They [the United Way] did all of the work to vet charities and more – it was a win-win for everyone.”
Over the course of the next few years, the official “Raymond James | United Way annual giving campaign” was born.
Now, more than four decades later, the firm continues to invite branches and corporate locations across the country to give back during the annual campaign. As a bonus, advisors and associates can multiply their impact with a dollar-for-dollar corporate match (up to $10,000), choosing whether to donate to their local United Way chapter or a partner agency of their choice.
“Giving to the United Way, particularly through the Raymond James campaign, is a way for our advisors and associates to invest in thousands of organizations across the country,” said Serge Eygenson, assistant to the chairman and 2018 campaign chair. “With the firm’s match, their impact goes even further.”
This year’s campaign was no different, making it our most impactful yet. Throughout December, advisors and associates donated a record $3.33+ million toward their communities, and together with the firm’s $2.91+ million match, we’ll distribute nearly $6.25 million across the country through the United Way. (Up from $5.98+ million in associate and firm contributions in 2017.)
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead the campaign and continue our culture of giving back,” said Serge. “Our generosity translates into millions of dollars invested into our communities. It’s truly a team effort and displays our commitment to partnering with the United Way.”
Top 100 workplaces
Raymond James was recently named on the United Way Suncoast’s “Top 100 Workplaces” list, earning the second-place spot for our 2017 United Way campaign. The firm was second only to Publix, which boasts more than 193,000+ employees – compared to Raymond James’ nearly 13,000 associates.
“I’m proud of the ways our associates give back,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “It’s not just a long-standing tradition – it shows that together, we really do make a difference.”