United Way giving campaign raises $6.47 million
See how our associates broke records in giving, and read about the 49-year partnership between Raymond James and the United Way.
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 49-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, 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.
“The United Way campaign provides an avenue for Raymond James associates to direct charitable gifts, and the associated firm match, to organizations across the country that are focused on strengthening our communities,” said Lars Moore, assistant to the chairman and the 2019 campaign chair.
This year's campaign was no different, making it our most impactful yet. Throughout December, associates donated a record $3.44 million toward their communities, and together with the firm’s $3.02 million match, we’ll distribute $6.47 million across the country through the United Way.
“The continued growth of the campaign is a reflection of our associates’ generosity and dedication to giving back. It is amazing to see the collective impact that Raymond James associates make in our communities through initiatives such as the United Way campaign,” said Lars. “It was an honor to be a part of this year’s campaign and to work with the Raymond James campaign team as well as the 60+ department coordinators across the firm who make the campaign possible.”
Top 100 Workplaces
Raymond James was named to the United Way Suncoast's “Top 100 Workplaces” list, earning the second-place spot for our 2018 United Way campaign. The firm was second only to Publix, which boasts more than 193,000 employees – and Raymond James rounding off nearly 13,000 associates.
“I’m proud of the ways our associates give back,” said Raymond James Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “It’s not just a long-standing tradition – it shows that together, we really do make a difference.”