Cultivating a culture of philanthropy
Established in 2013 with financial commitments from the GEM partners, the GEM Foundation is an employee-led organization that grants annual philanthropic gifts to Charlotte-based nonprofits. The GEM Foundation is 100% internally managed, with grant decisions made by a small, rotating board of GEM employees. As we do with our investment managers, we seek to become a partner supporting the nonprofit organizations we work with.
In doing so, our aim is to improve our community and catalyze our colleagues’ careers as active and engaged philanthropists. Since its inception, the Foundation has made 16 grants totaling over $560,000.
GEM is committed to building and improving the sustainability practices of the firm by promoting a culture of sustainability, managing our operations in a manner that minimizes our environmental impact, and enabling the integration of sustainability principles and practices into the firm's educational offerings and its community engagement.
First and foremost, GEM supports environmental awareness and encourages recycling. This support includes a commitment to the purchase, use, and disposal of products and materials in a manner that will safeguard natural resources and minimize the negative impact on our environment. Importantly, GEM encourages reducing or, when possible, eliminating the use of disposable products.