At L.E.K., we believe in giving back, in using our time and expertise to make the world a better place. We recognize our responsibility to local communities and the world at large, and we know that lifting up those most in need benefits us all. To that end, we volunteer our time and our resources to help fundraise for our global offices’ respective local charities, as well as make direct financial contributions, and we perform pro bono casework, both on an individual case basis as well as on an ongoing basis, for a number of non-profit organizations.
Our offices and staff around the world devote their time and talent to supporting charitable organizations where it can have the biggest impact—at the local level.
L.E.K. Chicago raises money every year for Cara Collective, a local non-profit focused on job training and placement for the homeless and poverty-stricken, through a variety of fundraising and community events. L.E.K. New York supports New York Cares’ annual coat drive by donating new or gently worn coats that are then distributed to those in need across the city. L.E.K. San Francisco participates in an annual indoor cycling event hosted by the Equinox Gym to help raise money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, while L.E.K Boston fields a team of cyclists for the Pan-Mass Challenge, which raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
L.E.K. London staff advise Grow Movement, which partners U.K.-based business professionals with East African entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi to mentor them on growth plans. The London office has also helped raise funds for Riding for the Disabled Association, which provides therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people of all ages and disabilities by organizing horse-riding, assisted carriage-riding and other equestrian activities, and Mind, which offers advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
L.E.K. Paris’s community service team works with Les Restos du Coeur, which distributes food packages and hot meals to those in need, to raise funds through projects such a Christmas gift-wrapping operation, as well as through pro bono work.
L.E.K. Sydney partners with Hope Street, a community center that assists people in need, many of whom are living with homelessness, addiction, mental health and legal issues, to help with fundraising, workplace giving and hands-on volunteering. For the New South Wales chapter of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Sydney office has hosted a collaborative strategy workshop complete with live data analysis, research and strategic analysis skills training. And L.E.K. Melbourne supports St. Mary's House of Welcome, which provides housing and support services, through workplace giving, the ongoing donation of goods and the development of fundraising initiatives.
L.E.K. China supports CereCare Wellness Center, a Shanghai non-profit education and therapy center for children with cerebral palsy, by providing volunteering support and raising funds.