Slalom.org is truly representative of all the community engagement activities we do. This takes the form of volunteer events, fundraisers, donations and sponsorships, and pro bono engagements. In 2013, the primary of focus of Corporate Responsibility has been community engagement, building on the incredible portfolio of philanthropic activities we have engaged in year after year. We also augmented our local Slalom.org efforts with a national program to help provide additional support, guidance, and organization.
Across the board in 2013 we had incredible participation in community engagement activities. Coordinated by enthusiastic employees with the full support of leadership, our Slalom.org network participated in volunteer events, fundraisers, donations and sponsorships and pro bono engagements.
The total estimated financial value of our community impact for 2013 was $1,002,000! In addition to donations made directly by Slalom and the ever-increasing funds raised by our Slalom employees, a large portion of our giving came in the form of the value of our pro bono service to non-profits.
Pro Bono Highlights
The development of our pro bono activities has been the primary differentiator from past years, especially through our “Philanthropy Fellow” placement program. The program, which started as a pilot in Seattle in 2012, places a consultant at a qualified non-profit for three months, full time.
The Seattle and San Francisco offices had a total of five placements in 2013, and we are looking to expand the program to other markets. Beneficiaries in 2014 included Hopelink, Child Care Resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and Larkin Street Youth.
Fundraising and Volunteerism
The biggest fundraiser of the year was the second annual National Food Drive, in which we collectively raised over $120,000 to fight hunger. That was a 43 percent increase over the 2012 total! In spirited competition, New York took the honor of most raised per employee.
The giving spirit is strong across all our offices. You may have seen a lot more facial hair last fall, due to the grassroots effort spanning most of our Slalom markets to participate in Movember, in which our teams raised over $25,000 for men’s health awareness.
In addition to these national programs, our Slalom family has participated in numerous events through local offices with their own donations and time. Some of these included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, backpack drives for school-aged children, “Power Lunch” for literacy in local schools, GiveCamp, silent auctions for numerous non-profits, and much more.
In 2013 we established a cross-representational Advisory Council to define guidelines and strategy moving forward, as well as a designated Corporate Responsibility lead: Adam Barley. Rest assured that as Slalom continues to grow, this area is something we take seriously, and we are committed to providing value to our communities and employees through our philanthropic efforts.
We additionally made a concerted effort to define, measure, and talk about our community engagement at a national level. Having the ability to track corporate giving not only provides us visibility into the overall impact we have in our communities, but also enables us to better plan and manage our level of investment in the future.
In the coming year, we will continue developing better resources and tools, define our Corporate Responsibility strategy and goals, and share our community impact stories more broadly.