You would be hard pressed to find a company more committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates than Elliott Davis. The firm’s core values are simple enough: Do the Right Thing and Serve Others. But a company’s values are meaningless if they are not embraced and acted upon. For Elliott Davis, its values are the foundation of the firm. They are the stars by which it navigates. To do the right thing and serve others is the reason Elliott Davis exists.
“Elliott Davis as a company is always on the forefront of giving,” says Howard Einstein, division manager of Rosenfeld Einstein. “That comes from leadership and knowing where your business and the community come together.” As managing partner of Elliott Davis, Rick Davis sets the standard for the firm’s philanthropic spirit. He is a man known for his generosity and commitment to helping others.
THE PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT AWARD HONORS A BUSINESS THAT FOSTERS CHARITABLE GIVING THROUGH EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS AND IS DEDICATED TO GIVING BACK TO THE UPSTATE IN A SIGNIFICANT MANNER.
“Giving back more than you take has always been a priority for Rick,” Howard says. “He is always working to make things better and gives a ton of his time. Elliott Davis gives back a lot to the community, and that comes from the culture that is in place there.”
The altruistic culture that Rick has helped develop at Elliott Davis resonates throughout the firm. Associates at Elliott Davis are encouraged to give their time and energy to charitable organizations that are meaningful to them, and several of the firm’s employees serve on the boards and committees of various non-profits in the communities in which the firm operates. “It’s important for people to be involved in areas where they truthfully have a passion,” Rick says. “Most people gain as much as they give when they become involved in something they are passionate about. So we look at it as a way to help people be well-rounded— to be engaged in a level outside of work and get a sense of belonging inside of work because they believe in what we are doing from a big-picture standpoint.”
With more than 750 employees working in offices throughout the Southeast, Elliott Davis has made a significant impact in serving others. Dozens of organizations have benefited from the firm’s generosity including the United Way, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, the Peace Center, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and Public Education Partners. “We believe that if we are able to be successful as a result of the communities in which we have businesses, then we should support those communities with our time and energy and our resources,” Rick says. “We have a very strong commitment to helping others. It’s in our values. If we can make a difference in an organization that is making a difference in other peoples lives, you can’t put a price on that.”
“WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT COMPANIES GIVING BACK T O OUR COMMUNITY, ELLIOTT DAVIS IS THE FIRST TO COME TO MIND. ELLIOTT DAVIS UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT MEANS T O BE A GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN AND THAT INCLUDES GIVING BACK TO REINVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE.”
—Howard Einstein, division manager, Rosenfeld Einstein