For the second year in a row, I am delighted to share that PIMCO has been named to The Civic 50, an annual initiative of Points of Light that recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation. Last month, PIMCO and 49 other impressive companies were honored at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, the largest gathering of volunteer, national service and civic leaders in the world.
PIMCO’s corporate volunteer program is now 10 years old, and we’ve come such a long way since our then-CEO announced the launch of what was originally called PIMCO Partners in May 2007.
At the beginning, we pursued hands-on, practical volunteer opportunities. These bite-sized, yet meaningful, engagements paved the way for an expanded program. We could tell PIMCO colleagues and our firm’s culture were ready for more. So in 2009, we incorporated skills-based volunteering, and then in 2011, pro bono – global first followed by domestic offerings. In the past few years, we have added virtual volunteering and board training and placement.
We now offer a spectrum of volunteer engagement opportunities, allowing us to meet our colleagues where they are.
At PIMCO, we believe in the power of volunteering and the power of philanthropy. By harnessing this power, and in tandem with our nonprofit, private and public sector partners, we can design opportunity and change the narrative.
We are so proud to be named to The Civic 50 for the second year in a row. We view corporate citizenship as a creative opportunity for us to strengthen our business while contributing to society at the same time. And we will continue to use our time, skills and resources to improve the quality of life in our communities.