EIG invests in the worldwide local communities in which we operate. EIG “Gives Back” was launched in 2012 as a philanthropic initiative for employees to serve, engage, and network in the community. Through the firm’s collaborative process, we assess where to match our expertise and values to make a quantifiable difference in society. We actively seek new opportunities that support economic, health, and social advancement, as the EIG “Gives Back” program evolves.
EIG places high value in empowering rather than enabling those in need. In 2012, our corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. established an ongoing partnership with Miriam’s Kitchen (MK), the area’s leading nonprofit working to fight DC’s chronic homelessness. During monthly food kitchen shifts, we directly engaged with the MK clients, allowing us to become a consultant for The People for Fairness Coalition (PFFC), an advocacy group of homeless and formerly homeless individuals. We also conduct ongoing in-kind donation drives for the shelter, establishing designated drop-off bins in central areas of the office. Items we collect include: informal attire, business casual clothing, non-perishable food, and toiletries. Our efforts help to equip the city’s immense homeless population with the basic necessities for a productive day.
EIG encourages employees who are passionate about a specific cause to invite their colleagues to fundraise and attend charity events outside of the firm’s community service program. Out of compassion and support for these individuals, groups of EIG employees have gathered for charity races backing the research of lupus and ovarian cancer. In doing so, we created TEAM EIG, the official company group sponsoring organizations that work to combat various health and social problems.
ADVOCACY & FUNDING
Since 2013, our group has provided capital to various charities. TEAM EIG hosted fundraising events and resourced personal contacts to raise awareness for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We exceeded our $10,000 team goal with a final total of about $16,000. Additionally, through a Team In Training program, we participated in the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon to honor those affected by blood cancer. Our Sydney team took part in the Movember AU global campaign, advocating a new approach to men’s health issues. The campaign supports beyondblue, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and the Movember Foundation. Other organizations we have contributed to include: AMVETS (American Veterans), Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB), Voices for a Second Chance (VSC), Operation Gratitude and Operation Help a Hero.