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Expanding firm efforts to address pressing social problems

Expanding firm efforts to address pressing social problems

Through the new BlackRock Foundation and the contribution of 15.6 million shares of PennyMac Financial Services with a market value of $589 million, we will broaden our philanthropic investments in economic mobility, financial resiliency and sustainability.

Society needs today’s companies to create economic growth that benefits all stakeholders. The donation we’re making today – in line with our purpose as a firm – will support our commitment to creating greater financial well-being and advancing sustainability.

Laurence Fink CEO & Chairman

Our commitment:

We believe that we have a responsibility to deploy the firm’s capital to address pressing social problems. This charitable contribution will allow us to catalyze new and innovative ideas, outside of our core business, to support social and economic progress for more and more people around the world. Led by our Social Impact team, we’ll fund organizations that help people access jobs with higher earning potential and tools to build savings. In the coming months, we’ll expand our support by partnering with organizations addressing the disproportionate affects climate change has on vulnerable communities.

Upwardly Global is proud to partner with BlackRock in building a workforce and economy that embraces the contributions of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with BlackRock we are creating access to professional opportunity for over 1,000 unemployed and underemployed immigrants, with an average income gain of $50,000 per household, and connecting employers to a diverse and future-ready workforce able to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Jina Krause-Vilmar CEO of Upwardly Global
We established The BlackRock Foundation to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
We partner with nonprofits, start-ups, corporations and our employees to create impact, whether in our own communities or on a global scale.
Last year, we announced a $50 million commitment to help people living on low incomes build short-term savings, an important financial safety net.