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Greater Giving

From Northern Trust’s founding in 1889, we have dedicated ourselves to the communities where we live and work. Through progressive investments, philanthropic contributions and the volunteer service of our employees, we actively work to improve people’s lives and circumstances.

Supporting the communities where we live and work

Believing in the power of community engagement. Building strong local communities is an important component of our success. From our very beginning in 1889, community involvement has been deeply rooted in Northern Trust’s culture. We actively work to strengthen the neighborhoods and cities where we live and work through progressive investment, contributions to local organizations and our employees’ volunteer work.


Encouraging Employee Involvement

Our employees care about their local communities, and Northern Trust strives to provide them opportunities to make a direct difference.
  • Employees are given paid time off to volunteer for the charities of their choice.
  • Through our matching gift program, employees can provide enhanced financial support to the organizations they care about.
  • Through their involvement on boards of local community organizations, our employees help strengthen local initiatives and benefit from leadership development and networking opportunities.

Northern Trust employees volunteered nearly 120,000 hours in 2018 working for the greater good of their communities. Our service spanned a variety of projects, including board membership for local nonprofits, tutoring children after school and cleaning up local beaches or parks.


Benefitting Communities, Enriching Lives

In the last decade, Northern Trust has contributed more than $120 million to support non-profit and non-governmental organizations working in the areas of education, social welfare, and arts and culture. We support human service initiatives providing critical services — including housing, food, child care and health care — to low- and moderate-income families. We also support educational programs that strengthen children’s academic achievement and leadership potential as well as organizations that convene and build community forums to celebrate diversity and heritage.

Examples of our global corporate philanthropy initiatives include sponsoring schools in India, providing low-cost financing to non-profits in low-income neighborhoods across the United States and funding activities for at-risk children in the United Kingdom.

To further the goals of the Community Reinvestment Act, we are committed to helping meet the needs of our communities, including those in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Corporate social responsibility is a culture of caring, diversity and inclusion. It’s wise stewardship of limited environmental resources. It’s the integrity with which we run our business. It’s the way that we treat our key stakeholders, our clients and our partners. It’s who we are.
Connie L. LindseyExecutive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion