Booz Allen Hamilton

Spirit of Service

Employee Volunteerism: Giving Through Service

“Choose wisely, but participate,” said Booz Allen founding partner Jim Allen. Decades later, employee volunteerism is still the heart of our corporate identity.

Whether it’s the basic necessities—food, clothes, clean water—or the need for a cure, Booz Allen’s employee volunteers will extend a hand.

Our approach to philanthropy is employee-centric: We align our resources with the interests of our staff, empowering them to be catalysts for change. They take their spirit of service to those in need, creating positive results and enriching lives.

Our association with charitable organizations often comes from a place close to home.

When Senior Associate Craig Miller was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1999, we helped launch the Walk to Defeat ALS. Now the ALS Association’s signature fundraising event, the Walk involves 150,000 people in 150 cities and raises about $18 million each year.

Our Giving Station and Volunteer Service Grants (VSGs) make it easy for staff to support our corporate philanthropy programs. Employees use the online Giving Station to donate to their favorite charities using a personal credit card or payroll deduction. Booz Allen underwrites administrative costs, so 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the nonprofit.

With our VSG program, employees who volunteer 40 hours for a nonprofit can apply for two grants per year. If approved, Booz Allen will issue a check to that nonprofit in the individual’s name. On average, the firm donates $500,000 in VSGs each year.

We also help nonprofits help themselves by providing affordable continuing education. Our innovative Booz Allen Hamilton Nonprofit Conference on Fundraising Development has evolved into an ongoing speaker series offering high-value, capacity-building tools nonprofits can use to improve their financial management, raise funds, and address rising demand for their services.

At Special Olympics events nationwide, you’ll find Booz Allen volunteers taking a Polar Plunge to raise donations, guiding smart fiscal decisions from boards and committees, or coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities. We volunteered at the 2009 and 2010 Special Olympics Virginia Winter Championships and supported the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho.

Whatever role we take, we’re continuing a decades-long tradition of support for Special Olympics. Booz Allen’s sponsorship and employee volunteers provide athletes with opportunities to achieve their potential through sports training and competition.

By teaming with Rebuilding Together, Booz Allen has rehabilitated dozens of homes for low-income families, the disabled, and veterans so they can live safely. Our work has made an enduring impact for the owners, community, and volunteers.

Rebuilding Together is one of the firm’s largest—and oldest—volunteer projects: We’ve worked with them since 1995. Today, our volunteers make renovated homes a little greener by using low-VOC paints and recycled and sustainable building materials wherever they can.

From donations of money, to donations of time and expertise, our employee volunteers are actively helping to find ways for individuals to live fuller lives.