CBRE has launched a $7.25 million Community Impact Initiative to help combat climate change globally, improve educational and career development opportunities for racial minorities and disadvantaged populations across the U.S., and support community betterment efforts in Dallas—its headquarters city.
The effort will be funded by CBRE and the CBRE Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.
‘Urgent global issues’—and those close to home in Dallas
Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and CEO, explained why his company is taking both a global and local Dallas approach.
“CBRE thrives when the communities in which we live and work thrive,” Sulentic said in a statement. “That’s why we’re fervently committed to playing a larger role in helping to address urgent global issues like slowing the planet’s warming and pressing local issues like ensuring that Dallas’s most disadvantaged young people are given every opportunity to forge healthy, happy and productive lives.”
“CBRE’s success—today and in the future—depends on drawing from the widest possible talent pool,” he added. “So we have a vested interest in supporting programs across the country that prepare diverse and underrepresented people for flourishing careers in commercial real estate.”
CBRE’s Dallas-based community betterment partners
CBRE is making “significant financial contributions to and partnering through volunteerism with” the following Dallas area non-profit organizations:
Behind Every Door: CBRE will support the renovation of the recently purchased Cedar Crest Community Center to provide access to enrichment and sports activities for more than 1,000 children and teens in South Oak Cliff.
Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC): CBRE will support DRC programs focused on creating economic development opportunities and improving the quality of life for people living in underserved areas of Southern Dallas County.
Girls Inc., Dallas: CBRE will support the organization’s programming that equips girls in the Dallas area to overcome gender, economic and social barriers.
I Am A Golfer Foundation: CBRE will support the organization’s mission of being a catalyst of community renewal and transformation in South Dallas through programming, preservation, and promotion of the historic Cedar Crest Golf Course.
CBRE’s national environmental sustainability partners
Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC): CBRE will support ISC’s work directly with communities around the world facilitating just, equitable, inclusive, next-generation climate and sustainability solutions through technical assistance, partnerships and coalition-building.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI): CBRE will support RMI’s work to transform the global energy system through engagement with policymakers, developers, and communities across the U.S., India, and China to catalyze the massive transition required in the buildings sector, bringing buildings to the forefront of a zero-carbon future.
CBRE’s national DEI partners
Asia Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholarship Fund: CBRE will support APIA Scholars’ mission to educate, elevate, and empower Asian and Pacific Islander American students through holistic college-to-career programming including scholarships, mentorship, leadership development, higher education research, and partnerships with APIA-serving campuses across the nation.
Bridges from School to Work: CBRE will support the organization’s 12 cities that match in- and out-of-school young adults with disabilities ages 17-24 to businesses seeking capable entry-level workers.
Girls Inc., National: CBRE will support the organization’s program that addresses inequality in the workplace, particularly the absence of women of color in positions of influence and leadership.
Hiring Our Heroes (HOH): CBRE will support HOH’s mission to connect the military community—service members, military spouses, and veterans—with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce through professional development, educational opportunities and employment connections.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): CBRE will support HSF’s efforts to empower students and parents with the knowledge and resources to complete a higher education and to provide support services and scholarships for exceptional students, HSF scholars and alumni.
Point Foundation: CBRE will support the organization’s efforts to empower promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them.
Project Destined: CBRE will support the organization’s efforts to provide training in financial literacy and entrepreneurship and its work-based learnings programs to encourage student interest in pursuing commercial real estate careers.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund: CBRE will support TMCF’s efforts to promote career readiness for hand-selected student leaders attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Performance-Based Instruction programs through scholarships, leadership development, boot camps, and immersive experiences.
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