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Giving back is a core value of the Firm and a fundamental of being an employee here. Our award-winning employee engagement program taps the considerable talents of our people to create significant, lasting social impact and inspire a lifetime of volunteering. We offer a continuum of opportunities to get involved, ranging from broad giving and service projects to advanced pro bono and leadership programs designed to illicit the highest impact for our partners. We provide year-round training, recognition, and funding to support our employees. Engagement in the community is a fundamental part of working at Morgan Stanley. Learn more about careers here.

Some of our larger initiatives are described below:

Strategy Challenge
Through the annual Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge, Morgan Stanley creates teams of high-performing employees who work with nonprofits over an eight-week period to analyze and solve an important strategic issue for the organization. Since its inception in 2009, Strategy Challenge teams have provided 32,500 hours of pro bono service, at a market value of approximately $4.9 million, to 61 nonprofit organizations. Its real value, however, is in the recommendations and strategies that help nonprofits achieve productivity improvements, create new revenue streams and more efficient business models. Click here to learn more about the
Strategy Challenge.

Global Volunteer Month
Morgan Stanley's Global Volunteer Month is our worldwide service initiative that encourages employees to give back to their communities. Held each June, the campaign engages employees in teams and individually on local service projects, serving as a springboard for year-round volunteer engagement. Annually, this effort involves more than 20,000 employees who contribute nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer work in more than 500 cities in 24 countries.

Volunteer Incentive Program
To recognize and support employee volunteer efforts, Morgan Stanley's Foundations offer grants through the Volunteer Incentive Program ("VIP"), one of the most robust 'dollars for doers' corporate programs on Wall Street. VIP grants support health, education, human service and environmental nonprofit organizations where our employees are active and ongoing volunteers. In addition to supporting employees' efforts, the VIP enables us to reach out to hundreds of local, community-based organizations that may not have access to traditional sources of funding. Since its inception in 1993, the VIP has provided nearly $40 million in support to
thousands of communities.

Employee Giving and Matching
The employees of Morgan Stanley generously give annually through the firm's charitable giving campaigns, including the US Annual Appeal and country-driven Charity of the Year campaigns globally. More than 14,000 charities benefit from these initiatives. To increase the reach and impact of our employees' giving, Morgan Stanley offers a series of matching programs, including a unique initiative, called Charitable Spending Accounts. U.S. employees who contribute through the Annual Appeal, are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in corporate funds that they can direct to charities. Unlike traditional 'matching gifts' programs, Charitable Spending Accounts offer employees the option of directing corporate dollars towards all U.S. charities, and not only those that they have personally funded. Since the program's inception, employees have allocated more than $30 million to nonprofits across the US.

 

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