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Community at the Core: Growth Through Giving with Oswald Companies

oswaldcompanies February 28, 2020

Most of us talk about work and life as if they’re separate things we’re trying to balance on a scale. We find ourselves tipping one way and then the other in search of perfect equilibrium.

But what if we tossed out the scale?

Maybe work and life don’t have to compete for our undivided attention after all. What if we thought of work and home as the integrated sum of what consumes our hearts, heads, and time?

Oswald Companies in Bloomfield Hills is trying to answer that question every day.

We’re one of the world’s largest independent insurance and risk management brokerage firms, yet we wear many unexpected hats.

Sometimes we wear chef’s hats when we’re serving meals to the guests at Pope Francis Center.

Other times we wear hard hats as we battle overgrown Detroit alleyways.

Yet, at the end of the day, it’s always a corporate hat that allows this interchangeability.

Oswald is a 100% employee-owned company that’s been around for over 125 years. That’s a long time to reflect on what matters most. Yes, “Commitment to the Community” is one of our core values. But we’ve made this into a to-do statement—“commit to the community”—rather than letting it rest passively on a plaque in the lobby. From our home office in Cleveland across all six of our branches, we’ve created a formalized structure designed to catapult us into action.

Some of our most valued programs include:

  • Days of Caring: We don’t need to take a vacation day to support a cause. We all get a paid day to volunteer wherever and however we want. On top of this, we work as a team to serve various nonprofit organizations throughout the year.
  • Oswald Cares: We’ve created an internal organization to bring all fundraising and volunteering opportunities under one roof. This includes supporting fellow employees during the times when they need it most.
  • Oswald Charitable Giving Committee: Employees can request Oswald contributions and involvement in causes that matter to them.
  • Oswald Conference Centre: Our Cleveland office makes its first-floor conference space freely available to the community that has supported them since 1893. The Michigan office also welcomes charitable organizations to their space in Bloomfield Hills.

Oswald has found that modeling the way for community involvement often has a “halo effect.”

Clients, partners and insurance carriers have often recognized the passion behind our programs and gotten involved themselves. Sometimes this has even resulted in new business through referrals to like-minded organizations.

Conscious capitalism isn’t only profitable. It has helped Oswald attract and retain employee-owners.

By their survey responses, employees in the Michigan office have rated their workplace satisfaction level high enough to earn the company first place honors in Crain’s Detroit’s Cool Places to Work program in back-to-back years. Something about giving back both within and outside the company is working.

Enter to Win a Donation to a Charity of your Choice!

Oswald Companies wants to recognize others who have jumped off the scale that separates work from community involvement. We’ll select one individual, nonprofit organization or small business that shares the same commitment to making a difference.

Oswald will celebrate the winner by making a donation to the deserving charitable cause of their choice. We advocate spreading the halo effect that makes us all happier, more productive corporate citizens.

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