Bethesda, Maryland – May 18, 2018
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it supported LIFT and Community Solutions, two nonprofit organizations focused on combating poverty and homelessness in the United States, through its fundraising efforts in 2017. Over the past three years, Walker & Dunlop has raised over $600,000 for LIFT and Community Solutions, including $206,000 in 2017, through employee donations and company matching.
President of Walker & Dunlop, Howard W. Smith, commented, “We have been focused on supporting non-profits that aim to end homelessness for nearly three decades and are thrilled by the success of our partnerships with LIFT and Community Solutions. Our annual fundraising efforts are an integral part of our corporate culture – it aligns with one of our business goals helping provide multifamily housing across the country and it gives our employees across the country the privilege to make a difference in their communities.”
LIFT is a national non-profit operating in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. whose mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty.
“Walker & Dunlop’s support of LIFT allows us to have a transformational impact on the families that we serve every day. In 2017 alone, with LIFT’s help, our families have managed to achieve an average savings increase of $950 and decrease household debt by an average of 20 percent,” said LIFT CEO and Co-Founder Kirsten Lodal. “Our partnership with Walker & Dunlop is critical in helping us achieve these goals to create real impact in the lives of our families.”
Community Solutions works to end homelessness and the conditions that create it. The organization is currently leading “Built for Zero,” a movement of over 70 communities across the US working to end chronic and veteran homelessness. In roughly three years, those communities have already found permanent homes for more than 90,000 homeless Americans, including more than 30,000 veterans, and nine communities have reached zero for at least one population.
“Once again, Walker & Dunlop has come through for Community Solutions and our work to end homelessness. We can’t do our work without committed partners, and Walker & Dunlop has proven itself to be among our most dedicated allies,” said Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions. “The partnership is especially meaningful because, in addition to corporate giving, Walker & Dunlop employees also contribute from their own pockets. That support will help us work with more than 80 US communities this year to end homelessness, starting with veterans.”
In addition to partnering with LIFT and Community Solutions, the Walker & Dunlop supports various other non-profits focused on curbing homelessness, including Georgetown Ministry Center and So Others Might Eat. Walker & Dunlop also provides company-paid volunteer hours, organizes office volunteer events, and maintains a robust charitable donation matching program.
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of the largest commercial real estate services and finance companies in the United States providing financing and investment sales to owners of multifamily and commercial properties. Walker & Dunlop, which is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, has over 650 professionals in 29 offices across the nation with an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction.