Continue to encourage and facilitate associates’ giving back to their community, and strategically focusing those efforts on organizations that are addressing the needs of underrepresented communities given the current social climate in the United States.
Each September, nearly all of our associates spend the day volunteering in the communities where they live and work, touching the lives of others in an important, impactful way. The pandemic meant that our traditional Community Day had to be reimagined with safety and flexibility in mind. At the same time, Wipfli deepened its commitment to diversity and social justice causes. This led to three specific actions:
These actions bring together several elements from disparate initiatives to unite under one of Wipfli’s five values: Caring. The local markets empaneled teams of associates to determine their local contributions; associates are being connected to organizations committed to diversity, equity and inclusion or social justice, giving them added perspective of the issues facing the communities we’re supporting; and we’re putting a stake in the ground to create local impact that can broaden the reach of these organizations. Wipfli promotes the hashtag #WipfliGivesBack to highlight activities that deepen our roots in and uplift all our communities.
As part of Wipfli’s service-oriented culture, we encourage our associates to pursue their passions and provide them with the flexibility to take an active role in their communities and contribute to those in need.