L.E.K. actively supports the communities surrounding our offices, with both financial and volunteer support. Employees are encouraged to suggest causes for the company to sponsor that will engage and provide rewarding opportunities for all staff. These sponsorships include a variety of projects, such as volunteering in local orphanages, building schools in rural China and longer-term commitments. Some examples of our charitable programs around the world include:
Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) – SMF aims to help 'A-Level' students from less-privileged backgrounds to realize their potential by helping them enter university and progress on to a challenging career. L.E.K. participates in the SMF placement program, which matches students to internships within leading UK businesses. These placements give students valuable exposure to the business world before they enter university, helping them make more informed educational and career decisions.
Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) - For the last seven years, L.E.K. has fielded a team that has participated in the 163-mile Pan-Mass Challenge bicycle ride from Wellesley, Massachusetts to Provincetown, Massachusetts. The PMC is the largest single athletic fundraising event in the United States and its purpose is to raise funds for cancer care and research at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Each year, the L.E.K. PMC Team has successfully battled heat, hills and humidity to complete the ride and in the process. L.E.K. has raised nearly $1.2 million for the fight against cancer!
Inspire - Inspire is a U.S.-based, national, non-profit consulting firm that offers affordable services to other non-profits looking to achieve greater social impact. Inspire is run by a volunteer staff of associates from L.E.K. and three other consulting firms with locations in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. Inspire assists non-profit companies around the country with their growth and expansion strategy, program development, financial planning and modeling, and a wide range of similar strategy-based services. Inspire’s clients are typically innovative and youth-focused non-profits and schools. To date, L.E.K associates have worked on more than 20 Inspire cases serving organizations the Boston Public Schools, Let’s Get Ready and The Posse Foundation.
Boston Cares - Boston Cares is a volunteer program dedicated to team-oriented volunteering at over 300 public schools and non-profit organizations in Boston. Activities include dog walking at animal shelters, park cleanups, holiday gift drives and helping out at soup kitchens. Every winter holiday, L.E.K. participates in the "Frosty & Friends Gift Drive" with Boston Cares. L.E.K. employees fulfill the wishes of disadvantaged children by responding to hand-written letters and purchasing holiday gifts.
Posse Foundation - The Posse Foundation is a national organization that organizes and trains students from local public high schools to form multicultural teams called "Posses." Through an intensive eight-month pre-collegiate training program, these teams are prepared for enrollment at top-tier universities throughout the United States.
Excel Academy Tutoring - Excel Academy is a public charter middle school in East Boston that addresses the severe academic underperformance and low college matriculation rates of students in the local community. The L.E.K. Boston office assists Excel with its Saturday Academy by tutoring students in basic math skills.
Gallipeau Harris Foundation (GHF) - GHF is a non-profit foundation that seeks to provide educational opportunities and resources for poor, underprivileged children in Thailand. Through our Southeast Asia operations, L.E.K. works to support the activities of the foundation, and is directly sponsoring the education and English language program of school children.
Student Mentoring - The L.E.K. London office works closely with a local secondary school to mentor pupils and give them the opportunity to work at L.E.K., either as regular part-time employees or on short temporary work placements.
Aplastic Anemia Trust (AAT) - Each year, the L.E.K. London office enters a team into the AAT triathlon, which raises funds to promote research into aplastic anemia, and other bone marrow and anemia disorders. L.E.K. matches all sponsorship raised by individuals for this event.
Tour de Cure - The L.E.K. New York office participates in the annual Tour de Cure bicycling event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Last year, more than 55,000 cyclists participated in 80 events in 44 states and raised more than $18 million to support the American Diabetes Association's mission to "prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes."
Hope Street - The L.E.K. Sydney office supports Hope Street , which works with inner Sydney's homeless and disadvantaged community, every holiday season. The L.E.K. staff helps the organization pack over 2,000 items into 100 Christmas hampers, which are then delivered to those in need.
Disaster Relief in Sichuan Province, West China - Upon hearing the tragic news of a major and devastating earthquake in the Sichuan Province, the L.E.K. Shanghai office acted immediately and made donations to assist the relief work and help the survivors. The L.E.K. China Directors matched the L.E.K. staff donations resulting in a large financial donation to the Red Cross' recovery efforts.
Les Restaurants du Coeur – The L.E.K. Paris office supports Les Restos du Cœur, which distribute food packages and hot meals to the needy. The charity targets homeless but also all those with a low or very low income (single families, old people with a low pension, young adults...). The charity also helps people to find housing and supports various other projects.