Stout’s people form the foundation of our firm. Every year, our colleagues drive business success and put forth incredible effort to help our clients achieve their goals. Likewise, we strive to ensure that everyone can excel in their roles at Stout and build long-lasting careers.
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We take great pride in giving back to the community. Each year, our team members across all our offices contribute to volunteer efforts and provide financial support for various causes and organizations. In our most recent fiscal year, our colleagues contributed more than $75,000 and 500 volunteer hours.
The Fall months allow our colleagues the opportunity to take time out of our day to partner with local volunteer organizations. Following are some details on how some of our offices made a difference in their communities.
The New York office partnered with NYC Parks and spent the day conducting tree care on young trees around the city. This included hands-on work removing trash from tree beds, cultivating the soil, and spreading fresh mulch.
The Detroit office volunteered at Grace Centers of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of the unwanted, addicted, and homeless. The crew helped decorate houses with holiday lights and do fall clean-up for some of the properties within the community.
Members of the Washington, DC, office spent the afternoon preparing sandwiches and trail mix to be donated to Martha's Table, a nonprofit organization that provides support to children and families within the community by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family support. One week later, on October 25, the group visited Martha's Market, a year-round event hosted by Martha's Table, where they helped set up the market, performed healthy cooking demonstrations, and distributed produce to those in need.
The Atlanta office spent the day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. The team had a great day with paint brushes in hand, helping out an elderly couple maintain their home in English Avenue.
Members of the Chicago office volunteered at the Garfield Park Conservatory. They spent the day helping transport outdoor plants into the greenhouses, shoveled compost, and cleaned the lily pond.
The Houston office partnered with Boys and Girls Country, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of children from families in crisis. They have provided a home to over 120 children and young adults over the past 45 years. Our Houston team spent the day on the College and Career Campus, painting homes, washing windows, cleaning floors, and organizing and cleaning cabinets.
The Philadelphia office volunteered at MANNA, a nonprofit that delivers meals to individuals with serious illnesses. The company was started by dieticians, and the meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of those with strict dietary guidelines. The Philadelphia team helped package roughly 800 individual white bean bulgur wheat salad containers and prepped almost an entire crate of fresh green beans. The organization relies heavily on its volunteers and depends on round the clock efforts in three-hour shifts. Each month MANNA delivers 95,000 meals to those in need.
The team in our Irvine office spent a day volunteering for the Special Olympics Track and Field Games at Bolsa Grande High School with over 600 athletes. They had various tasks ranging from timekeeping, race starters, and handing out medals for all the 1st place through 8th place competitors!
Members from our Cleveland office team volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. The Ronald McDonald House is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides housing and a support system for families during a most stressful time in their lives so that they can focus on the health of their children. Volunteers spent the day cleaning and organizing common areas, disinfecting toys, sorting and cataloging donated items, and providing lunch to families and staff.
Stout has unique partnerships with high schools that are part of the Cristo Rey Network. In our Chicago and Detroit offices in 2018, we sponsored several Cristo Rey students as part of the Corporate Work Study Program, which offers high-quality education to lower-income communities. These students obtain real-world experience in a business setting, working within our offices one day a week during the school year and performing various office-related tasks. They attend school for the remaining four days of the week. Our sponsorship ensures that the students gain a quality high school education and also the skill-sets to succeed afterward.
Stout colleagues in all of our locations also take their time to participate as board members and other positions in a number of nonprofit and charitable organizations.
We continued our commitment to building and sustaining a corporate culture that values diversity and different perspectives in 2018. Our inclusive environment fosters innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit that benefits our clients and employees. Stout’s team of professionals offers our clients a broad range of capabilities, experience, and expertise, enhancing our ability to provide high-quality advisory services.
Across the firm, we continue to optimize our office spaces through flexible solutions. These “flex” workplaces are designed to promote collaboration among colleagues, drive stronger business performance, and meet the many needs of Stout’s professionals. In July, and with a very warm reception, our Detroit team moved into our newest workplace, which leverages enhanced technology and maximizes space, tools, and resources.
In addition, the flex concept advances our firmwide sustainable efforts. We continue to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in virtual meeting platforms to minimize unnecessary travel. We limit our paper usage by distributing the majority of our collateral and materials through digital-only formats. And all of our offices are involved in environmentally sustainable best practices, from LEED-certified buildings to various “green” initiatives.