HarbourVest Gives Back
We believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work. We have introduced several initiatives aimed at encouraging employees to participate and contribute to a range of charitable organizations. In 2017, we established our first annual Global Volunteer Week, incorporating activities across nine global offices to build stronger local relationships.
Our Global Volunteer Weeks occur twice annually and encourage employees to work together and donate their time to local causes. Some examples of this work include:
- Volunteering with the Qing Quan foundation in mainland China, which supports equal educational opportunities
- Collaborating with the Greater Boston Food Bank, which works to combat hunger
- Working with the Salvation Army’s Broadview Children’s Home in Seoul
- Salvaging perishable food distributed by charitable agencies in the greater Toronto area.
We take an active role in supporting many worthy causes and organizations in our local communities. Some examples include youth mentoring, child/adult special education, gender diversity, poverty and homelessness, various health causes, women’s leadership, and the arts. This commitment to doing good flows through the organization.
We also support employees who choose to make donations to the causes they value through our Matching Gift Program. Each calendar year, HarbourVest matches up to USD$1,000 in employee donations made to global non-profit organizations. In 2021, employee and firm matched donations totalled over $230,000, benefiting 266 unique non-profit organizations globally. This was the highest matched donation in the history of the Matching Gift Program.
In June 2021, we launched our first Peer Matching campaign in response to the ongoing pandemic challenges faced in India and Colombia where donations made by team members were matched both by the Firm and a group of generous colleagues. We launched our second Peer Matching campaign in support of World Central Kitchen’s efforts in Ukraine during March 2022.