At a ceremony earlier today, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Laird Norton Wealth Management a 2018 Top Corporate Philanthropist. This is the the fourth time LNWM has been recognized with this honor. In addition, our parent company — the Laird Norton Company — was on the top corporate philanthropists list and was also named this year’s Corporate Champion for Education. Having two branches of the Laird Norton family of companies recognized demonstrates the commitment to community that has defined the Laird Norton history for seven generations.
Specifically, Laird Norton Wealth Management builds strategic partnerships with area organizations to create collaborative campaigns that help nonprofits achieve long-term goals, advance their missions and attract new partners to their cause. Each partnership aligns with the values of the firm and leverages each party’s expertise, influence and promotional assets. In doing so, the campaigns are designed to impact the region in meaningful ways at a much larger scale than any one organization could
accomplish on its own.
In recent years, among other programs, LNWM has developed workshops alongside the Seattle Symphony’s Musical Legacy Society to increase funding for artistic and community programs and the Symphony’s endowment, spearheaded Pianos in the Park, a unique public-private partnership that uses music and art to draw the community to the region’s parks and helped establish the King County Parks Foundation. In total, LNWM partnered with 23 nonprofit organizations in 2017.
The Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top Corporate Philanthropists list recognizes 76 companies in Washington state that “are striving to be better and more responsible businesses by rethinking how they interact with ‘The Triple Bottom Line’ — people, planet and profit.” In total, the 76 companies gave just over $246 million in Washington State in 2017, of which $155 million was in cash gifts, according to the PSBJ.
“By combining deep roots in our region, the broad reach of our companies and an investment in our philanthropic mission, we’re creating a more socially-connected community,” said Bob Moser, Laird Norton Wealth Management’s president and CEO. “We’re proud to be included on this list because it shows how much we put into our efforts to benefit our employees, our clients and everyone who lives in the area we call home.”