Our firm and colleagues are committed to supporting our communities. Learn how we contribute through volunteering, mentorship, and thought leadership.
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Our firm and our colleagues are committed to expanding opportunity and supporting the vibrant communities in which we live and work. Our civic leadership focuses on advancing innovative approaches to society’s most pressing challenges and helping our communities thrive.
Empowering students to succeed by increasing access to high-quality education, advancing STEM learning, closing the digital divide and diversifying finance.
Supporting efforts to advance discovery in medicine and push scientific frontiers to improve outcomes for people and the planet.
Backing vital cultural institutions, improving public spaces and tackling barriers to opportunity by contributing our time, resources and expertise.
The civic leadership of our firm and our colleagues has had a profound impact on students, families and communities around the world.
Griffin Scholars supported since 2016
Isaiah, Griffin Scholar
Students newly connected to broadband internet, reducing Chicago’s digital divide by more than 2/3
Healthcare and Science
Imaging of alpha-synuclein in the living human brain—a critical step towards understanding Parkinson’s
Debi Brooks, CEO and Co-Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Meals provided by Greater Chicago Food Depository to address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago
Students who take AP Computer Science Principles in high school are more than 3 times as likely to major in computer science in college. Yet many minority students lack access to Computer Science education, contributing to underrepresentation in fields that rely upon these skills.
With $2.75 million in support from our firm and our colleagues, 500 more high schools with significant Black student populations across the United States will be able to offer AP Computer Science Principles. By bringing new students into these courses, we aim to broaden interest and participation in STEM fields among historically underrepresented students across the country.
Amid the growing crisis of COVID-19, our firm’s partners committed over $50 million to global relief and recovery. To accelerate international vaccine development, they supported the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and partnered with hospitals to fund critical COVID-19 research. They were also instrumental in architecting Operation Warp Speed’s life-saving vaccine development strategies to save hundreds of millions of lives. As our founder and CEO Ken Griffin emphasized, “Gearing up to manufacture vaccines without knowing whether they’d work was critical.”
Our partners supported humanitarian responses globally, and worked with the U.S. State Department to repatriate 800 Americans from Wuhan, China.
We are proud to be headquartered in Miami, one of the most innovative, vibrant and dynamic places in the world. In 2022, with a $5 million leadership gift from the firm’s founder and CEO Ken Griffin, Miami launched a first-of-its-kind public-private initiative that is redefining emergency preparedness and resilience for coastal cities.
The Miami Disaster Resilience Fund provides nonprofits with resources to enhance preparation and accelerate response and recovery efforts in the event of a disaster. The Fund supports nonprofits focused on the city’s sustainable future. Mayor Levine-Cava noted that it will help prepare for disasters by “increasing capacity and deepening coordination and collaboration across sectors.”
To provide students with opportunities to get the best education possible, regardless of economic circumstance, our CEO and Founder Ken Griffin established the Griffin Scholars Fund. This $150 million gift to support financial aid at Harvard College will help to sustain Harvard’s need-blind admissions policy for future generations. Griffin described it as “an investment in the next generation of leaders as we continue to break down barriers to an outstanding education.”
The fund has made more than 1,000 financial aid awards since its inception in 2016, encouraging alumni and friends to support the financial aid program through matching funds.
Our people are problem-solvers who apply their expertise to make a difference. From day one, our colleagues can get involved in initiatives that align with their passions and skills.
From our newest hires to our most experienced leaders, everyone is empowered to contribute through volunteering, mentorship and thought leadership.
Our Impact Fellows program offers incoming employees an innovative way to work directly with cutting-edge nonprofit partner organizations that are leveraging data and technology to improve lives.
When compatible with their other obligations, future colleagues get a chance to use their technical skills and time between roles to support nonprofits by solving problems in engineering, computer science, data science and technology.
Mentors are invaluable for developing personal and professional skills. Students need mentors to support career discovery and provide real-world exposure to the finance industry. We prioritize mentorship within our firm, and we believe it is equally critical to the success of people in our community.
For this reason, our firm and our colleagues play an active role in providing underserved students and young professionals with mentors, growth opportunities and professional connections. Currently, our people are mentoring students through our partnerships with Thrive Scholars and The Greenwood Project.
When I joined Citadel, I was looking for the opportunity to serve a student transitioning from high school to college, when there is so much self-discovery. I really want to create a positive cycle so that hopefully, in the future, my mentee will be able to serve as a mentor.
Mentorship creates a material impact on both the mentee and the mentor. My mentee is a smart and driven person and our unique experiences enable us to learn a lot from each other.
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