At Capital Group, there are plenty of ways associates are encouraged to give back to their communities. Through grants, donation matches, and partnerships, Capital Group motivates its associates to support causes they are passionate about.
To learn more about how Capital Group associates are helping their communities, we spoke to three associates who are participating in Capital Group’s philanthropic offerings.
When Jonathan Espinosa started his career at Capital Group, he didn’t know how much of an impact he would be able to make in his community.
Soon after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Philosophy, Jonathan began his career at Capital Group. In the 18 months he’s been with the company, this Senior Investment Operations Associate has been making strides in the workplace and his community.
Jonathan is currently part of two committees, including Capital Group’s Irvine Non-Profit Leadership Committee, which primarily focuses on being a liaison between associates and nonprofits in the Irvine, CA area.
In Capital Group’s Unidos Recruiting Committee (a branch of the larger Latino employee group), Jonathan and his fellow committee members reach out to various conferences that are primarily directed toward Latinos. The goal of the committee is to recruit potential applicants and help Capital Group hire more Hispanic associates.
The third program Jonathan participates in is the Riordan Leadership Institute, a program that trains professionals to be effective board members for non-profits. There is a cost to participate in this program, however, Capital Group financially supports employees who choose to join.
It’s no surprise that Jonathan’s favorite thing about Capital Group is its commitment to philanthropy and its associates.
“It feels like they want me to stay, grow, and do what I’m passionate about. The various committees, the training with the nonprofits, and being able to build out that skill set is huge,” he said.
Capital Group was Courtney Wolf’s first job out of college, and 15 years later she has continued to grow with the company, personally and professionally.
Over the years, Courtney has held several positions within Capital Group. Throughout her tenure, one thing that has remained the same has been the company’s warm and welcoming culture. It’s what initially attracted Courtney to the company, and it’s one of the reasons she’s still excited to come to work every day.
For the past five years, Courtney has been heavily involved in a partnership between Capital Group and a program called CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. She works directly with foster youth and helps advocate for their best interests.
Courtney explained that there are several ways Capital Group’s Capital Cares program contributes to CASA on her behalf. The Dollars for Doers program allows associates to submit how much time they volunteer, and then Capital Group contributes money based on the associate’s efforts.
“Capital Cares is a really important benefit of working at Capital. You’re able to impact organizations that you feel strongly about in a positive way,” she said.
Another way Capital Group contributes to CASA is by matching associates’ donations to the organization, $2 for every $1 donation. Lastly, several associates who are involved in CASA have the opportunity to present to a Contributions Committee annually and request that a portion of the company’s charitable donations be allocated to CASA.
After interning at Capital Group his junior year of college, Kyler Gilbert decided to join the team full-time upon receiving his Bachelors in Economics and Communications from UCLA.
In just five months, Kyler has already made a lasting impression on the Capital Group community. Over the summer, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he started a business venture called Charipay, which raised money to supply PPE to frontline workers.
Not only is Kyler a philanthropic entrepreneur, but he’s also on the Nonprofit Leadership Committee at Capital Group. He explained that he enjoys having the opportunity to work with people who are just as passionate about nonprofit organizations as he is.
The Nonprofit Leadership Committee helps Capital Group associates who are interested in serving on the boards of nonprofits and organizes events to showcase different organizations. Since Kyler’s company Chairpay partners with nonprofits and helps people donate to charity through his website, he has the experience he needs to help fellow employees join nonprofit boards.
While this is just the beginning of Kyler’s contribution to Capital Group’s longstanding history in philanthropy, he enjoys being part of a company that improves the lives of people within and beyond the business.
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