Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2020 | Cushman & Wakefield
Forgiving Medical Debt Since September 2020, Elizabeth Beck of the Valuation & Advisory Group based in the Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office has raised nearly $275,000 for RIP Medical Debt to abolish a total of more than $45 million in medical debt in Georgia as of May 2021. RIP Medical Debt is a national nonprofit which purchases medical debts belonging to the most burdened Americans for a fraction of their face value. After exceeding her initial fundraising goal of $25,000, Beck was contacted by a commercial real estate investor in Vancouver, Canada, who donated $200,000 and was able to get United Way of Atlanta involved to expand the reach of the campaign. Partnering to Provide Mortgage-Free Homes for U.S. Veterans Since 2014, Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans Initiative Program and our industrial team have partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME to raise over $242,000 toward providing custom-designed, mortgage-free homes to wounded U.S. veterans and their families around the country. In 2020, we helped support U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal and his family by raising more than $51,000 towards their customized home. Stayskal was critically wounded while deployed in Iraq and is battling stage 4 lung cancer, PTSD and residual injuries. He has received numerous awards for his service, including the Purple Heart. He and his family now focus on educating others about cancer and promoting legislation to support those injured in military service.
Making a Difference in Mexico Cushman & Wakefield in Mexico made an
impact in 2020. Through our Furniture Donation Program, we helped clients donate office furniture to communities or institutions in need. We coordinated a donation in the state of Morelos through FUNDACIÓN ÉCHALE , which seeks to improve the quality of housing for families, as well as a donation to the National Pediatric Institute. The combined donations have an estimated value of over $80,000. Additionally, our Tijuana office used their holiday gift budget to support the General Hospital in Tijuana, which helped more than 370 children continue with their cancer treatment. Supporting Vulnerable Communities across Brazil
Cushman & Wakefield employees in Brazil organized multiple relief efforts aimed at supporting some of the more vulnerable communities throughout the country. These efforts included:
> Donating 400 reusable masks to Casa do Zezinho, a home that provides development opportunities for children in need. The masks were made by the Brasilianas Group, a group of women who recycle old uniforms in order to make the masks and handbags.
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