ADVENT IN THE COMMUNITY
HARNESSING OUR PASSION, PEOPLE AND IDEAS
TO BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITIES
Advent is a global business bound by a common culture. A vital part of that culture is the way in which our teams engage with and contribute to the communities in which we operate.
We recognize that our success hinges on the smooth functioning of wider society. Our funds’ portfolio companies employ thousands of people and benefit from healthy communities. As a firm, we contribute to these societies through our global charitable initiatives, and by encouraging our people to make a personal difference by contributing time and resources to benefit non-profit organizations, charities and other philanthropic initiatives.
We collaborate as one firm to support organizations and charities that help build stronger, more sustainable communities, primarily in the fields of healthcare and education.
For nearly a decade, Advent has proudly sponsored Partners In Health (PIH), an international medical organization that helps build and sustain public health systems in poor and underserved communities around the world. Launched in 1987, PIH now reaches more than eight million people in some of the world’s most deprived areas.
Teambuilding and fundraising
Reach the Beach
Since 2011, our primary fundraising initiative for PIH has been the “Reach the Beach” endurance event. Held every two years, it’s a gruelling 200-mile non-stop overnight relay race from the White Mountains to the seacoast of New Hampshire. In 2017, we entered 11 mixed teams drawn from Advent and PIH, with each runner covering more than 16 miles in aid of a very worthy cause. Months of preparation and fundraising culminated in 140 runners, drivers and volunteers from across Advent’s global offices completing the event.
In April 2019, we developed a similarly gruelling test in Europe. The ADVENTure challenge is a 48-hour endurance race comprising running, kayaking and cycling along the River Thames outside London. In the inaugural race, more than 50% of Advent’s total global team formed teams to compete alongside other friends of the firm.
PIH has used funds raised by Advent
to support meaningful projects:
BUILD A MATERNITY WARD
AT A HOSPITAL IN MALAWI28 / 24pre/post natal beds33,000population supported
PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR
A TEACHING HOSPITAL IN HAITI500patients a day185,000patients a year
IMPROVE IN-PATIENT AND
PEDIATRIC CARE IN RWANDA40,0000local people80,000refugees
When considering new philanthropic pathways, Advent found a natural fit in the work of Partners In Health (PIH), whose story resonated with our own values. In PIH’s journey, we recognized an organization that, like Advent, has a global reach rooted in individuals’ dedication to serving their local communities. And, like Advent, PIH thrives on collaboration and shared responsibility.
“The significant benefits of our efforts with PIH have heightened awareness of philanthropic causes throughout the firm. More teams are looking for ways to channel the resources of our global network into the needs of overlooked communities.”
Advent International, Boston
At ground level, we support our local offices and employees’ passion for the causes that matter to them, encouraging their own social initiatives such as fundraising, voluntary work, mentoring, external appointments and memberships. As well as helping local communities, these play a vital role in team cohesion, making our employees more engaged and aware of issues in society around them.
Click on the interactive map below for examples of the community initiatives spearheaded by Advent employees around the world.
Helps to close gaps in high-need schools by supporting students’ academic and socialemotional development.
We sponsor City Year’s Condon School AmeriCorps team in South Boston and support the organization’s annual fundraising gala. We also participate in an annual service day, organize a back-to-school supply drive and serve as mentors to the AmeriCorps members as they prepare for their next teaching jobs following their one year of service with City Year.
To identify and support entrepreneurs with high potential for economic and social impact.
We sponsored the annual gala. Advent employees also mentor entrepreneurs and connect them with Advent portfolio companies.
To support children from underprivileged households by providing regular healthy meals and educational support.
We sponsored a day of activities for children in a youth camp to foster a sense of community.
To provide cancer care for economically disadvantaged children.
We donated items and spent a day engaging in fun activities with children who have cancer.