Howard & Howard employees receive many benefits from the communities in which they live and work; we have the desire and responsibility to reinvest in those communities.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Howard & Howard Community
The Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund is a charitable trust, funded annually by Howard & Howard’s employees, which benefits our local communities.
How It Works
We contribute funds
The Fund is based on the concept of giving. Once a year, employees pledge a fixed percentage of their gross compensation.
The Allocation Committee reviews proposed donations
Howard & Howard employees submit written proposals for donations to the Allocation Committee. The Committee meets once each year to consider those proposals and approve donations.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan distributes the funds
Contributions are deposited in the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan which invests the money, issues receipts, and distributes donations following the approval of the Howard & Howard Allocation Committee.
To ensure that donations are deductible and that our gifts have a meaningful impact, we established guidelines for fund distributions. Donations must be:
- For an educational or community enrichment purpose;
- "Make a Difference" gifts that provide necessary services, change lives, or enhance communities;
- Given to a “public charity” organized as a 501(c)(3) authorized entity;
- Given to organizations other than religious groups, political entities, or employees’ alma maters; and
- For present use and not for endowments, private foundations, or "brick and mortar" funding.
Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund has contributed over $5 million to support education and community enrichment since 1985.
The Community Reinvestment Fund works closely with schools and institutions located in our communities to provide need-based and merit scholarships. We believe that making higher education accessible to bright young minds today is a sound investment in the future.
The Fund sponsors several recreational and cultural organizations in our communities. We support events and programs such as children's concerts by local symphonies, music and art lessons at arts councils and centers, bilingual education and training, and recreational activities offered by local public schools and youth groups.
Public Service & Community Involvement
Our employees give back in more ways than simply writing checks. In leadership roles and at grass-root levels, we volunteer time, energy, and skill to organizations to create meaningful change. These experiences benefit organizations and communities–we each grow individually and enhance the firm through our service.
Below are the organizations, educational institutions, and agencies to which Howard & Howard employees have contributed: