Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll

Participants in Bank of America's Student Leaders program

Mass Mentoring launched the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll in 2014 to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources.

These companies are strategically partnering with nonprofits to promote empowering youth-adult relationships in their communities through:

  • Employee volunteerism
  • Financial contributions
  • In-kind support
  • Board/committee participation or involvement in fundraising or cause marketing efforts

These companies were nominated by our mentoring program partners throughout Massachusetts. We thank all of our Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll organizations for their commitment to helping young people reach their full potential. 


 

2016 Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll Inductees

The Boston Herald has been a valued strategic partner of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) for many years, generously supporting MMP’s public awareness activities to help raise the profile of mentoring and the power of relationships. This past year, the Herald provided print and online ad space to help MMP’s campaign to recruit more volunteers for the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement. Through their Herald Radio division, they have given MMP multiple opportunities to come on air to promote fundraising events and mentoring initiatives. Their support of MMP’s annual Champions of Mentoring fundraiser has taken many forms, including having VP of Advertising Brian Cox serve on the Champions event committee for many years, promoting the event and auction on their website and running print ads thanking event sponsors.
Ernst &Young (EY) demonstrates their deep commitment to empowering talent and leadership in young people in numerous ways. Through their College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) initiative, which provides support to underserved students for higher education, EY professionals have mentored more than 850 high school students. The program has also seen more than 90% of its student participants enroll in two- or four-year institutions. Since 2013, the College MAP Scholarship Fund has distributed more than $220,000 to College MAP graduates. EY also partners on a national level with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to develop best practices in corporate involvement in youth mentoring in the U.S.  EY has supported Mass Mentoring Partnership in many ways, including having EY managing partner George Neble as their governing board chairman, sponsoring and hosting events, and organizing a team to participate in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids. EY also partners with multiple local youth-serving organizations. They were nominated for the Honor Roll by Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), an organization with which they have worked for nearly ten years. Stephen Mastrocola, a partner at EY, has been on PYD’s Board of Directors for five years. Moreover, EY continues to be one of PYD's top funders, while also supporting the mission in additional ways, such as providing tickets for matches and donating space for events.
Gilbane has been a strong supporter of youth development and mentoring since their inception in 1972. They support empowering youth-adult relationships through volunteering, making donations, and developing a local workforce through community outreach efforts. On a national level, Gilbane partners with several youth-serving organizations. Locally, Gilbane supports the Greater Boston chapter of the ACE Mentor Program (ACE), who nominated them for the Honor Roll. In addition to being a platinum sponsor each year at their annual fundraiser, a Gilbane employee has co-chaired the fundraising committee for ACE, raising $75,000 for scholarships in 2015. Additionally, there has been a Gilbane employee on the ACE board since the inception of the mentor program. Gilbane has also had a longstanding relationship with Mass Mentoring Partnership, donating construction management services to their new offices and supporting MMP’s annual Champions of Mentoring fundraiser.
Hill Holliday has partnered with Mass Mentoring Partnership and other mentoring programs for many years through executive and staff involvement, financial support and public awareness activities to promote the importance of empowering youth-adult relationships. They have sponsored MMP’s Champions of Mentoring event several times. Recently, they lent their support to the My Brother’s Keeper efforts in Boston through pro bono advertising work. Many Hill Holliday employees have also had a strong connection with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, who nominated them for the Honor Roll. Big Sister actively recruits mentors from among Hill Holliday’s employees. Employees from Hill Holiday coordinate the organization’s effort to recruit and engage women in mentoring and to ensure a productive partnership. Hill Holliday has financially supported Big Sister’s programs since 1997. Their giving has amounted to nearly $200,000 in total in addition to the donation of high-value ticket items for event auctions. Hill Holliday CEO Karen Kaplan has twice served as a co-chair for Big Sister Boston’s annual gala as well as serving on the host committee for Big Sister Boston’s annual Fashion Show.
Loomis, Sayles & Company (Loomis) is generous with their time and commitment to youth development and mentoring programs through their hands-on community partnerships with various nonprofits. Locally, they are actively involved with both Summer Search and Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center (MCAEC), who nominated them for the Honor Roll. Loomis partners with Summer Search’s mentor program for underserved high school and college students, hosting interns each summer.  They are the lead corporate supporter financially and in volunteerism to Summer Search. Moreover, three Loomis employees are on the Board of Directors and Overseers of Summer Search, with several more on working committees. Their commitment includes donations of time and efforts to Summer Search’s annual fundraising gala. Through MCAEC’s partnership with Loomis, several employees have become mentors within the program. Additionally, Diana Monteith from Loomis serves as MCAEC board chair. Since 1997, Loomis has donated more than $300,000 to MCAEC.
LPL Financial (LPL) has a longstanding commitment to empowering young people through education to help them achieve their goals. They have strong partnerships with local nonprofits to help youth to stay and excel in school. LPL employees also serve as mentors to inspire and guide young people. Through their Explore Your Future program, LPL hosts high school students, giving young people the opportunity to learn about career opportunities and practice interview preparation skills. LPL has a strong connection with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB), the program that nominated them for the Honor Roll. LPL recently hosted a Workplace Mentoring Program at their Boston offices, with their employees serving as mentors for children from the Perkins School. LPL has been a consistent supporter of BBBSMB, serving as lead sponsor of their annual Big of the Year gala for many years. Bill Dwyer, who was a top executive at LPL for many years, served a long tenure on BBBSMB's board and provided significant personal contributions to BBBSMB. David Bergers, a Managing Director at LPL, is now serving on BBBSMB’s board.

Previous Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll Honorees

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) has been ALKU’s designated charity for two years. The company has fundraised in support of MMP’s mission through their involvement in the Rodman Ride for Kids. ALKU employees serve as mentors at programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB), and attend events held by programs like BBBSMB, Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, and MMP. ALKU hosts seminars introducing employees to mentoring opportunities, and CEO Mark Eldridge recently joined the MMP Board of Directors.
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Bank of America is a long-time supporter of mentoring, helping to raise the profile of mentoring through high-profile media opportunities with senior executives like Massachusetts President of Bank of America Robert Gallery, and their sponsorship of events, conferences and trainings. They provide match activity opportunities to thousands of youth and financial support to numerous programs. Company executives serve on boards at programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. A number of employees are also mentors.
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Baystate Health is an incredible supporter of education and training for healthcare and related careers. Through one of its initiatives, Baystate/Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP), Baystate Health provides critical hands-on hospital-based learning experiences for students in the Springfield school system. Baystate Health staff have been integral to introducing BSEP students to careers in healthcare while guiding them towards more comprehensive observation experiences and preparing them for potential internship or employment opportunities.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched the Blue Scholars mentoring program with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury 12 years ago. Upon completing this multi-year program, students are eligible to apply for a scholarship from Blue Cross. Employees serve as mentors through five programs – Junior Ventures at Fenway High School, Mass Mentoring Partnership/Quincy High School, South Shore Stars, Madison Park’s Blue Scholars, and through a special partnership with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
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BNY Mellon emphasizes workforce development through their Powering Potential initiative, which includes investments designed to improve access to employment through job training, education, mentoring and skills development. The company provides match activity opportunities to thousands of youth in mentoring programs. They support mentoring programs including AFC Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Read to a Child. They also host training and professional development opportunities for nonprofit staff.
Comcast supports a number of organizations with mentors and other resources like their Digital Connectors program, including Alex’s Place Teen Center on Martha’s Vineyard, Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in Salem and Lowell, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, City Year, Lawrence Community Works Movement City Teen Center, Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., and Martha’s Vineyard YMCA Teen Center. They provide PSAs for several mentoring programs, including PSAs valued at more than $100,000 to MMP in 2013.
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Over the past three years, First Niagara’s support for Mass Mentoring Partnership has allowed the organization to establish a mentoring hub in the Greater Springfield area, to create marketing campaigns to raise awareness of the need for mentors, and to increase the number of youth served in Western Massachusetts. In addition to First Niagara being MMP’s largest funder in the region, First Niagara grants $1 million annually through First Niagara’s Mentoring Matters℠ program to organizations within their footprint, including Mass Mentoring Partnership, which benefits many Western Mass organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, Springfield School Volunteers, Kelly School, Girls Inc of Holyoke and more.  First Niagara has provided more than $6.25 million to nonprofits and mentoring programs over the past six years.
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Gateway City Arts is generous with their time and resources in the community. This includes auctioning off pieces that youths from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke restored, under the direction of co-founder Vitek Kruta, to support the Career Pathways Program; raising the profile of mentoring through awareness activities; and networking, and donating access to work space and materials for young people to use.  In addition, the organization’s resident writer provides a weekly writing program for girls.  Gateway City Arts also hosted the Holyoke Mentoring Meet up last fall and has been a great supporter of Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Hanover Insurance Group is a true community leader providing volunteers and financial resources to many of Massachusetts’ youth serving organizations, most of all to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.  For the past several years, dozens of Hanover employees have served as mentors in weekly site-based programs located at The Worcester Arts Magnet School or Wawecus Elementary School, as Community Program Mentors who meet with their mentees weekly for activities on their own time, and as volunteers to help promote mentoring.  Hanover raises over $10,000 each year for BBBS of Central Mass/MetroWest at the Rodman Ride, provides additional funding for mentoring programs through grants from their foundation, and consistently sponsors BBBS special events.
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KPMG has been a long-time supporter of mentoring programs across Massachusetts. Since 2007 alone, KPMG has provided nearly $75,000 to support the programs of Boston Partners in Education, an organization dedicated to enhancing the academic achievement of Boston's public school students by providing them with individualized in-school volunteer support.  KPMG staff also serve as weekly Power Lunch mentors, serve on the Boston Partners board, and participate yearly in the Read-a-Thon.  The firm has provided more than 1,000 books to school children and donated event space.  In addition, KPMG supports Junior Achievement programs that educate students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy as well as other mentoring programs including Big Brother/Big Sister.
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Liberty Mutual is a key financial supporter of the mentoring field, most notably in Boston and Lawrence. The company launched the Liberty Mutual Mentoring Initiative in 2003, a major financial commitment to the field that also helped fund the research of the mentoring landscape in Massachusetts. Employees serve as mentors at a variety of programs, and the company emphasizes supporting mentoring efforts around diversity, as well as youth with disabilities through programs like Partners for Youth with Disabilities.
MassMutual has been a strong supporter of Mass Mentoring Partnership as well as many mentoring programs in Western Massachusetts including the Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) program, whose focus is to provide academic support to Springfield’s public school students.  MassMutual currently has 39 employees involved in their Career Pathways mentoring program, a joint program of SSV and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hampden County, which matches employees to students beginning in tenth grade through their senior year in high school.  The company also provides internships, scholarships and a college and career development conference to Springfield students through the Career Pathways Program.  MassMutual employees volunteer to support these activities, in addition to Junior Achievement programs, the United Way Day of Caring and more.  MassMutual employees also contribute a considerable amount of school supplies, toys and food during annual company drives for our community.
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The company provides financial, in-kind and personnel resources to programs including Strong Women, Strong Girls and Boston Partners in Education. Natixis has eight core charities (SWSG is one), for which they host a charity fair each year in order to educate employees about volunteer and donor opportunities. Natixis worked with MMP to establish a partnership with Boston Partners in Education at the John Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester, where company employees travel to the school weekly to participate in the Power Lunch reading program.
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In addition to numerous other initiatives and programs, Partners HealthCare has a robust mentoring program dedicated to building the healthcare workforce of the future. Partners employees serve as 1-to-1 mentors for children through a Workplace Mentoring program hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay.  This is one example of many across Partners and their member institutions that support the community in developing academic, life and career skills.  Partners gives additional support to mentoring programs by providing office space and participation on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay board.
More than 130 company employees serve as academic mentors to students in Lawrence. Raytheon provides financial resources to a number of mentoring programs, including Family Services of the Merrimack Valley’s Stand and Deliver program. They fund a full-time coordinator for Stand and Deliver, as well as provide resources for books and events. Raytheon also hosts a campus corporate mentoring program in Woburn.
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State Street is a long-time champion of mentoring in Massachusetts, providing financial support and mentors to a number of programs including Boston Partners in Education. With MMP’s assistance, the company launched a mentoring program with North Quincy High School in 2004 that now includes three other corporations in Quincy. Company executives serve on numerous mentoring program boards of directors, including MMP’s. They’ve taken the lead on the Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) Funders Collaborative, a network of businesses, foundations, government agency funders and key experts formed to strategically align their efforts to increase their impact on youth violence in Boston. Thanks to State Street’s direction, MMP provides leadership and content expertise for the YVP Collaborative.
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TJX frequently sheds light on mentoring opportunities and the field itself through internal and external publications. The company provides financial, personnel and in-kind resources to mentoring programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, and Read to a Child. Nearly 200 TJX employees serve as mentors, most notably through the Cameron Middle School program with BBBSCM in Framingham.
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Wolf & Company has been a tremendous partner in the youth development movement and in mentoring through its involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Hampden County.  Wolf & Company also provides leadership to BBBS of Hampden County through their board of directors. The company contributes thousands of dollars annually to mentoring programs via direct and matching gifts, and employee participation in Bowl for Kids’ Sake.