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Community Affairs


Our Approach

Since 1889, we have actively advanced a culture of caring and a commitment to invest in the communities we serve worldwide.

This philosophy continues today through:

  • Progressive community lending efforts
  • Contributions to service and community organizations
  • Employee volunteerism
  • Gifts in-kind such as donations of meeting space, graphic design expertise and other knowledge services
  • Directorship guidance to charitable and civic boards
  • Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Initiatives
    The Northern Trust Company has “outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings.

Charitable Contributions
In the last decade, Northern Trust has contributed more than $120 million in support of non-profit and non-governmental organizations worldwide. The majority of funds have been directed to human service initiatives that provide critical services to low and moderate income families, such as housing, food, child care and health care. Specific details regarding contributions can be found in our Charitable Trust Annual Report.

Employee Volunteerism and Matching Gifts
Each year Northern Trust employees volunteer thousands of hours to local non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Northern Trust supports employee volunteerism by providing paid volunteer hours for employees to work with partner organizations during the work day. In addition, Northern Trust matches employee contributions as well as provides volunteer grants to qualifying organizations.

Our Children, Our Neighborhoods, Our Community
Northern Trust supports organizations working in three core areas: education, social welfare, and arts and culture.

We are committed to supporting education organizations that bring innovative, comprehensive and exemplary programs to students. Through our efforts to augment the priorities and goals of local education organizations, students in our global locations gain additional tools to strengthen their academic achievement and leadership development.

We support effective organizations working to measurably improve the quality of life in our focus communities. Health, basic human needs and community development programs provide invaluable support to people who face obstacles that impede their full participation in society.

And, we support organizations that bring opportunities to our communities, in order to create forums for social interaction that celebrate all of our diversity and heritage.

Deborah Liverett

Deborah Liverett

Director of Community Affairs
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Deborah Liverett

Deborah Liverett

Director of Community Affairs
Deborah A. Liverett is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Deborah manages the Community Affairs Division, which is responsible for Northern Trust’s philanthropic initiatives and funding globally. In this role, she is also responsible for the development and coordination of board placements for senior and executive management as well as employee volunteerism efforts in civic, cultural, educational, social service and community development activities. Since assuming the role of Director of Community Affairs in 2004, Northern Trust's has given in excess of $100 million dollars to some of Chicago’s neediest individuals as well as underserved areas around the globe.

Deborah currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Women In Leadership initiative and has served on the Northern Trust Black Business Resource Council (BBRC) as the Vice President of Professional Development. She is also a board trustee for Rainbows for All Children.

Deborah joined Northern Trust as an Officer in July 1993, was named a Second Vice President in January 1995, and a Vice President in July 1999. Previously, she was associated with Cole Taylor Bank and First of America Bank.

Deborah received a B.S. degree from North Carolina Central University where she graduated magna cum laude.

2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report


Northern Trust Supports Expansion of Pre-K To More Than 2,600 Chicago Public School Children

Nearly $17 Million Social Impact Bond Program Reinforces the Mayor’s Commitment to Providing High-Quality early Childhood Education for Students Most in Need; Pay for Success Financing from Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.

For more information, see the Social Innovation Bond fact sheet.


Northern Trust honored with the Addams-Palmer Award

Northern Trust was honored with the Addams-Palmer Award for Exemplary Civic Involvement by a Chicago Institution by The Civic Federation.