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Volunteer opportunities help create worker balance

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Wealth management company Baird, based in Milwaukee, has designed programs to nurture its employees’ generous urges.

The three-year-old Baird Cares initiative allows employees an extra paid day off each year to volunteer. Some departments organize a group volunteer project for that day, says Lori Lorenz, HR director.

Of nearly 2,200 U.S. employees, 96 percent donated money to the United Way campaign or United Performing Arts Fund last year. Employees volunteer to educate co-workers on the organization’s efforts, and the company lends an executive to the United Way campaign for a few months each year.

The firm’s volunteer center set up an intranet to help employees find opportunities. Volunteer efforts are expanding to the company’s branches in Europe and Asia.

This giving spirit led Baird to create the Charitable Gift Matching Program, which will match 50 percent of employees’ financial contributions to company-approved nonprofits.

Contact: Lori Lorenz at llorenz@rwbaird.com

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