Baird Foundation Annual Report 2018 | Page 4

About Baird Foundation Baird Foundation supports nonprofit In reflecting upon the work study organizations aligned with our focus on program’s impact, Joe Koch, IT Service health and human services, education, Support Manager, said, “The Cristo Rey the arts, and diversity, which we believe program is extremely well run and has share Baird’s strong commitment to been a great complement to Baird’s equality and opportunity for all. Baird culture. It gives us the opportunity Foundation is overseen by a board of to invest in the lives of our local directors and includes representation youth while giving the students the from across the firm. opportunity to develop as professionals. As part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, 4.1 million $ INCLUDING MORE THAN $1 MILLION from a 2018 tax reform-related associate benefit, contributed to qualified nonprofit organizations 2018 Baird Foundation Giving by Area of Focus 26% 9% Health and Human Services: 35% Education: 30% Arts: 9% Other * : 26% *Includes ethnic, religious, environmental, professional and youth organizations. 3 “I have learned so much about the the Cristo Rey Network’s student work industry and expanding my professional study program. The Cristo Rey Network capabilities. I appreciate how Baird includes 35 high schools that provide a saw the potential in me from the very quality college preparatory education first day and has always made me feel with access to a corporate work study like an integral part of the team,” said program to young people who live Cristo Rey intern, Victoria Rios. She is in urban communities with limited one of six Cristo Rey interns in Baird’s educational options. The network Milwaukee office, and will graduate educates more than 12,000 students from Cristo Rey-Milwaukee’s inaugural across 22 states. Baird’s involvement class in the spring of 2019. Nationwide, with Cristo Rey’s work study program 100% of Cristo Rey graduates are reflects a belief that education is an accepted to college. increase access to opportunity. 30% proud to be part of it.” multiple Baird offices are involved with essential part of helping communities 35% It is truly a win-win situation and I’m “It is remarkable to watch students develop confidence, experience and Every Cristo Rey student participates independence as they strengthen their in a corporate work study program professional and networking skills,” that provides them with real-world said Anna Sweet, who has mentored five experience. In 2018, 17 students students in Baird’s Milwaukee office. interned at Baird offices in Baltimore, “Baird’s work with Cristo Rey creates an Chicago, Milwaukee, Roseville, unforgettable experience for students Sacramento and Tampa. and associates alike, and that is what drives the program’s success.”