Caring for our Communities

We hold the well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play near and dear to our hearts. We commit time and resources—both from the firm and from our employees—to support community organizations that are having a positive impact on community well-being, health and wellness, and education/STEM-related causes. We’re proud to contribute to the social environment that nurtures and benefits our communities as a whole.

The Batey Gresham Philanthropic Program

In 2023, we launched the Batey Gresham Philanthropic Program to honor the memory of Batey Gresham—one of our firm’s two founding partners. Whether it was through the Endowed Professorship at Auburn University or engagement in local nonprofits, he believed that volunteering was one of the best ways to invest in the future of communities while being part of the solution to community challenges.

Like Batey, we believe that each of us has the opportunity—and the responsibility —to have a positive impact on the lives of those around us. The Batey Gresham Philanthropic program encompasses all of our community engagement activities: tiered levels of giving, volunteer-matching hours, days of service, and our Celebration “Community Impact Award.” It also establishes a cohesive approach while allowing us to share best practices and more fully track the positive impacts we’re having across our locations. We believe that it’s a fitting way to honor—and embody—what Batey stood for.

raised for United Way in 2023
charitable organizations supported in 2023
employee volunteer hours in 2023

Class Act: Caring for Charlotte’s Overlooked Schools

Our 2024 Community Impact Award was presented to Architectural Project Coordinator Monique Nichols-Moore. She transformed the educational environment for some of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s most overlooked and underfunded schools, providing care, resources, and an inspired space for learning.

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Igniting Creative Confidence in Underserved Communities

Our 2023 Community Impact Award was presented to Senior Interior Designer Sivilay Xayasaene. She identified an opportunity to lend her creative talents to Do Greater Charlotte, a nonprofit organization empowering underserved communities to do greater by facilitating exposure and access to creativity, technology and entrepreneurship. 

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