Gordon Brothers Community Involvement

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Gordon Brothers has a longstanding tradition of giving back. Over the past 115 years, four generations of Gordon/Frieze family leadership have built a culture of community engagement. Today, Gordon Brothers performs service on a company-wide basis, directly supports a variety of philanthropies, and encourages employees to give back in their own communities.

Internally, the company promotes community service and engagement by giving employees three days of paid volunteer time to support a cause of their choice. In addition, Gordon Brothers celebrates “Global Giveback Day,” a group community service event at each of the company’s 25 offices around the world. The firm’s holiday campaign of giving, on behalf of clients and partners, directly supports a range of charitable organizations, including Direct Relief in 2017 to support victims of disasters internationally.
 
Gordon Brothers also offers two scholarship programs: the Gordon Brothers Scholarship for Excellence at the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing in partnership with the University of Arizona, to support the development of future retail leaders; and the John A. Lima Memorial Scholarship in memory of Lima’s dedication to the appraisal industry, to support employees’ children pursuing education.
 
The Gordon/Frieze family leadership continues to promote community engagement through their own traditions. The Phil & Bernice Frieze Annual Golf Tournament, which is sponsored and organized by Gordon Brothers employees, has raised $2.8 million since 1994 to help ease the financial burden on families whose children are treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the Phil Frieze & Phil Gordon Award recognizes an employee who demonstrates inspirational leadership, exceptional humanity, courage in the face of adversity and exemplary community service each year.
 
The culture of community involvement extends deeply into the values and activities of employees at Gordon Brothers too. Today, employee-managed campaigns support a variety of causes, including Toys for Tots, The Jimmy Fund, Walk to Defeat ALS, Cycle for Survival, and The United Way Campaign, among others. Gordon Brothers matches these donations.
 
"I think it can be hard in a business environment to appreciate the humanity of the people and companies we work with. Social responsibility and giving back is one way for us to do that at Gordon Brothers. We’re a family-run business guided by a strong set of values. Our commitment to giving back helps us stay true to that character and is a way for us all to connect and join together," said Ken Frieze, CEO.