Giving back to the community

The Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund is a charitable trust, funded annually by Howard & Howard employees to benefit the communities in which Howard & Howard offices are located.

Why was it created?

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.

How does it work?

  • We contribute money. The Fund is based on the concept of sharing. Once a year, employees pledge a fixed percent of their gross compensation.
  • The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan manages the money. Contributions are deposited in the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan which invests the money, issues receipts and distributes donations upon the request of the Howard & Howard Allocation Committee.
  • The Allocation Committee distributes the money. 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.

Donation Criteria

Donation criteria exist to ensure the deductibility of our donations and that our gifts "make a difference" in our communities.

Donations must:

  • be given to a 501(c)(3) authorized entity which is also a "public charity";
  • not be given to religious or political entities or to the alma maters of our employees;
  • be for present use, not for endowments, "bricks and mortar," or other foundations;
  • be for an educational or community enrichment purpose; and
  • be "Make a Difference" gifts which provide a necessary service, change a life, or enhance a community.

Have We Made a Difference?

Yes, we have made a difference in our communities. Created in 1985, the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund has contributed over $5 million to support education and community enrichment to date.


The Howard & Howard fund works closely with educational institutions located in our communities to provide scholarships for students who need or merit assistance. Howard & Howard has provided scholarships or grants connected with several institutions as shown on our recipients list below.

Community Enrichment

Howard & Howard employees have also invested in recreational and cultural activities in their communities. They regularly support children's concerts by local symphony societies, music and art lessons through arts councils and centers, bilingual programs and recreational activities through local public schools and youth programs.

Public Service and Community Involvement

Howard & Howard employees don't simply write checks to discharge community responsibilities. They give time, energy and skill to organizations which contribute to their communities. Howard & Howard employees are active in a broad array of community organizations.

Can we do more?

We can contribute more money.

We set our annual goals based on Howard & Howard employee compensation so that the Fund grows as Howard & Howard grows.

We can contribute more time.

We continue to extend our culture of service to our communities by continuing to serve organizations we have historically served, seeking new and innovative approaches to solving community problems and introducing our colleagues to institutions which may need their volunteer services.


Below are the organizations, educational institutions and agencies to which Howard & Howard employees have contributed:

  • Access to Bankruptcy Court
  • Access to Justice Fund
  • Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center
  • Altus Academy
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Red Cross - Central Illinois Region
  • American Red Cross – Washtenaw - Lenawee Chapter
  • Angels of Hope
  • Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • BeckRidge Productions
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Bishop Gorman High School
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lake County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit
  • Bunker Incubator NFP
  • Camp CoHoLo
  • Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
  • Canton Family YMCA
  • CASA Kane County
  • CBAI Foundation for Community Banking
  • Charlotte's Wings
  • Chiari & Syringomvelia Foundation
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Chicago Zoological Society
  • Child Safe Michigan
  • Children’s Heart Foundation of Nevada
  • Clawson Food Pantry
  • Community House Association
  • Community Workshop & Training Center
  • Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria
  • Cornerstone Alliance
  • Cousins for a Cause
  • Cranbrook Educational Community – Horizons-Upward Bound Program
  • Cranbrook Educational Community – Scholarship Fund
  • Crossroads of Michigan
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Detroit Institute of Arts – Robert Tannahill Society
  • Detroit Educational Television Foundation
  • Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS)
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Eastern Illinois Food Bank
  • Evans Scholars Foundation
  • Food Gatherers
  • Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow
  • Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation
  • Friends of the North Oakland County Veterans’ Treatment Center
  • Full Circle Foundation
  • Golden Apple Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Hair Cares NFP
  • Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • Historical Society of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • HomeAide of Southern Nevada
  • Hult Center for Healthy Living
  • Huron County Community Foundation
  • Judson Center
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kids on the Go
  • Let It Be Us
  • Make-A-Wish Michigan
  • McDonough District Hospital Foundation
  • Merit School of Music
  • Michigan Autism Partnership
  • Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial
  • Michigan Warriors Hockey Program
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Misericordia Heart of Mercy
  • Monmouth College
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Northfield Community Nursery School (NFCNS)
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Odyssey Charities
  • Open Hands Food Pantry
  • Open Heart Magic
  • Opera Las Vegas
  • Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Peoria School District 150 Foundation
  • Peoria Symphony Orchestra
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
  • Powered by Honor
  • Prairie State Legal Services
  • Project 150
  • Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Charitable Foundation
  • Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit
  • Scleroderma Foundation – Michigan Chapter
  • Sky Foundation
  • Smart Bet
  • Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association
  • Sunrise Children's Foundation
  • Team Nicholas
  • Ted Lindsay Foundation
  • Toys 4 Smiles
  • Tuxedo Project
  • The Children’s Center
  • The Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • The Parade Company
  • The Sun Foundation
  • The Sun Foundation for the Advancement in the Environmental Sciences & Arts
  • Upton Elementary
  • Village Players
  • W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Why Not Now? – Big Camp Sky
  • WBFI Research Foundation
  • Winning Futures
  • Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
  • Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Foundation
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Since 1985, the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund has contributed over $4.3 million to support education and community enrichment.

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