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Active Community Involvement and Excellent Advisory Go Hand-in-Hand

At Savills Studley, an ongoing commitment to philanthropy, charity and community involvement aligns directly with our values, enriches organizational culture and helps us better understand the communities we serve. For decision makers of any business, encouraging this kind of organizational commitment can result in a more engaged and capable workforce and an improved community profile. 

As the leading commercial real estate service provider specializing in tenant representation, understanding and advocating for causes bigger than one’s self is directly reflective of our core service. When fighting for the needs of others, whether it be your client, a person or a cause, you must not act in your best interest but in the best interest of the beneficiaries. To be a true, trusted tenant advisor, you need the same selfless perspective and attitude as a dedicated philanthropist. 

Community involvement and philanthropy is encouraged at Savills Studley on a national, regional, industry and individual level. Nationally, the company contributes to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, The National Brain Tumor Foundation and The Ronald McDonald House, among other causes. 

Since 2005, Savills Studley offices nationwide have annually participated in Lee National Denim Day, with employees donating towards cancer research in exchange for wearing jeans in lieu of usual business attire on the day of the event. Savills Studley encourages strong employee participation in the fundraiser through an annual raffle and auction for prizes that include tickets to sporting events, high-definition televisions, smartphones, tablets and computer accessories. Local branches across the country also hold their own fundraising activities that include bake sales and lunch-ins which help maximize Savills Studley’s donation to Lee National Denim Day. To date, the company has raised over $221,000 towards Lee National Denim Day and the fight against breast cancer.

 

Tug of War at the 2017 JDRF Real Estate Games in Washington DC

Savills Studley regional offices organize and participate in events and programs supporting a wide range of worthy causes.

Our Suburban Washington, DC Executive Manager Adam Singer founded the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Real Estate Games in 1989, an annual industry event that raised $525,000 for diabetes research in 2017 and over $7.5 million since its inception. The fundraiser has expanded to New York where the 2017 event raised over $220,000. 

Led by Washington, DC Co-Branch Manager Rick Rome and in partnership with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, teams from our DC regional offices regularly contribute time and material support to local public schools. Most recently, the offices volunteered at and co-sponsored a STEM Expo for more than 460 students at Hendley Elementary. The office also works with the Innovations for Learning nonprofit organization focused on improving literacy through the Tutormate program. As Tutormates, Savills Studley volunteers work with the students every week to practice word exercises and help them learn to read. To date, 44 Savills Studley employees have participated and mentored students on a weekly basis.

 

Nicole Miller of the Washington DC Office Working with Students through the Washington Lawyers’ Committee Partnership

The firm’s Chicago office has a rich history of community involvement spearheaded by the office’s Landlord Challenge Golf Outing annually organized by Executive Vice President John Goodman and other Chicago office staff. Since 2005, the firm has gathered Chicago area real estate professionals for a day of friendly rivalry on the green to benefit one worthy cause with donations that range between $100,000 and $150,000 annually. Managing Director Christopher Tarzon chaired the golf event in 2014 to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois. He also represented them and Savills Studley as an individual at the 2017 Dancing with the Brokers Chicago event organized by the Box It Foundation. 

 

Chris Tarzon of Savills Studley accepting the 1st Place Prize at the Dancing with the Brokers charity event in Chicago organized by the Box It Foundation.

 

 

John Goodman and Chris Tarzon of Savills Studley present donation to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Executive Director Peter Beale-Delecchio (center) at 9th Annual Landlord Challenge Golf Outing.

Professionals from our Houston and Atlanta offices have volunteered their time at the Covenant House Chapter in each city. The organization provides services and shelter to homeless at-risk youth. Executive Vice President and Houston Office co-branch manager Steve Biegel has helped organize and participated in the Covenant House Texas’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition event that has raised more than $900,000 over the last 4 years for the nonprofit.

Led by Executive Vice President David Goldstein, Savills Studley’s New York office has regularly participated in Partnership for Parks events since 2010. Partnership for Parks is a public-private program that coordinates service projects to restore and improve New York City parks.

 

New York Office volunteers at a Savills Studley Partnership for Parks event in spring 2017.

In 2016, Mike Mordaunt based in Savills Studley’s San Jose office won the Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Executive Challenge after personally raising $30,000 for the cause. The San Jose office participated in the society’s Corporate Cup Challenge for the first time last year and received “Rookie of the Year” honors. 

 

Mike Mordaunt (far right) of the Savills Studley San Jose Office and a Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Board of Trustees member (far right) at the Society's regional Corporate Cup Event.

Savills Studley’s commitment to philanthropy and community involvement benefits the communities we serve and makes every employee better at his or her job. As tenant advisors, we do not sell a product purely to create a profit. Our business is sustained by long-term relationships built on trust earned by constant altruistic advisory. We grow and measure our business through our clients’ long term growth, not the number of individual transactions completed each year. Philanthropy events remind us of the need to approach everything in life and business from the altruistic position of an advocate, representing a cause larger than one’s self.

While active philanthropy and community involvement offer specific benefits to our workforce, participation in these events is also an excellent way for any business leader to improve employee comradery and organizational culture. Philanthropic events bring employees together, regardless of salary or seniority, to share a common purpose outside of the workplace. Philanthropic events offer situations to apply ethics that could come back into play in the marketplace and is a fun way to build relationships between employees.  Employees feel less loyal without a common purpose. It’s important for employees to feel a sense of pride and that their job has an impact beyond what they do 9 to 5pm. This creates a better work-life balance and can be achieved through active community involvement.

How can business leaders support philanthropy and community involvement? Paid time off, matching contributions, enthusiastic C Suite involvement and prizes for the highest fundraisers are a few places to start. However, leaders would benefit their organization to develop a thoughtful approach to philanthropy that is uniquely connected to their business’s overall values and role in the marketplace. Strategic philanthropy is a unique and powerful way to enhance your company’s marketing position in the community and improve the wellbeing of employees and overall culture. 


Savills Studley professionals in Chicago, Washington DC, San Jose and New York contributed to this post.

 

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