OppenheimerFunds Supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

OppenheimerFunds employees supported the local community during this week's Distribution Symposium in Atlanta. In coordination with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, conference attendees assembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages that will include school supplies and dorm room items for Club member teens who are preparing for their freshman year in college, as well as small items from the National Museum of Mathematics. The firm also provided a $10,000 grant to the organization.

Over the past six years, OppenheimerFunds employees have supported local philanthropic groups in cities across the United States during the symposium, a semi-annual conference for more than 250 members of the firm's Distribution team.  

"We strive to make a difference in the communities where our advisors and investors live and work by collaborating with local philanthropic groups as part of our Distribution Symposium," said John McDonough, Head of Distribution and Marketing at OppenheimerFunds. "We are excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta to further strengthen our team while building a meaningful connection with the local community, through tomorrow's leaders."

College Bound is an educational leadership program designed to support high school members through the college preparation and application process. Each participant is assigned a Boys & Girls Club staff member who serves as their personal case manager throughout their college years. Staff helps teens meet the requirements for college admissions, prepare for SAT and ACT tests, prepare for the transition from high school to college, and access scholarships and funding.

"Many of the youth we serve face barriers when it comes to academic achievement. They don't have access to the resources and relationships they need to excel," said Missy Dugan, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. "We are so grateful to partners like OppenheimerFunds who believe in our kids and invest in their future potential. We know with the right resources and support, these kids and teens will become the next leaders in our community."

OppenheimerFunds' broader philanthropic initiatives include its 10,000 Kids by 2020 program, which aims to engage 10,000 students in math literacy programs over the next several years through non-profit partnerships and active employee volunteerism. In coordination with the National Museum of Math, the firm sponsors classes from Title I schools to experience MoMath's hands-on activities, and employees volunteer as guides. The firm also works with the Boys & Girls Club in a variety of ways, including to provide engaging math experiences for students. Employees volunteer abroad as well through the firm's partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides impactful and sustainable service opportunities and skills based volunteer programs in locations around the world. OppenheimerFunds employees also make a difference through the Volunteer Time-Off Program, through which they spend one workday per year volunteering with a philanthropic organization of their choice, and the Matching Gifts Program, which doubles the impact of any donation an employee makes to a qualified organization, up to $5,000. To learn more, visit the firm's Philanthropy & Community page here.

OppenheimerFunds Distribution Symposium Volunteer Highlights





Amount Donated

January 2011

Dallas, TX

Dallas Children's Hospital

Created murals for hospital walls


August 2011

Chicago, IL

Chicago Cares to benefit Woodson South Elementary School

Refurbished local school facilities


January 2012

Fort Worth, TX

USO Dallas

Assembled and donated backpacks for troops


August 2012

Salt Lake City, UT

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake

Built and donated bicycles


January 2013

New York, NY

Breezy Point Relief Fund

Assembled and donated care packages


August 2013

Laguna Nigel, CA

Las Palmas Elementary School

Refurbished local school facilities


January 2014

Dallas, TX

Flood victims

Provided various types of assistance


August 2014

Washington, DC

Boys Town

Made campus improvements, organized donated items, created backpacks, repaired kitchen facilities


January 2015

Atlanta, GA

USO Council of Georgia

Gathered and donated care packages for troops


August 2015

San Diego, CA

Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)

Built 75 wheelchairs for donation


August 2015

San Diego, CA

Ronald McDonald House

Stuffed ~100 teddy bears for children


January 2016

Atlanta, GA

Hands On Atlanta

Assembled 600 snack packs and hygiene essential kits


July 2016

Boston, MA

Boston Cares

Constructed 30 toddler beds and packed 100 blankets and 100 superhero capes


January 2017

Atlanta, GA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Assembled and donated 300 College Bound Care packages