Community Involvement

Local Communities

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At Ares, we support our local communities and nonprofit organizations through firmwide volunteering, matching donations, and voluntary board service.

Launched 2012 Ares in Motion ("AIM") is our signature employee engagement program through which we design and deliver skills- and service-based volunteer opportunities so that our employees can give back to the communities where we operate. It also offers a platform through which the firm matches employees' donations for charitable causes. When we give back as a firm, we witness the benefits firsthand in our team members, the companies in which we invest, our industry, and those who live and work in the communities where we operate.

Regional committees organize, plan, and champion skills-and-service-based volunteer opportunities throughout the year including our annual “Summer of Service” - a marathon of transformation volunteering. The volunteer engagements include coaching students through entrepreneurial pitch competitions, beautifying parks, beaches, and urban spaces, mentoring young women across Asia, cooking and serving food to people in need, and providing pro bono assistance to underserved communities.

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Volunteer

Ares employees are offered and participate in a variety of volunteer and community engagement opportunities throughout the year. Team members are encouraged to join regional committees to plan, organize and champion volunteer events in their local communities. 

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Charity Board Training and Placement

We build the capacity of our employees to impact their communities by training and placing them to serve on nonprofit organization boards. Employees learn the fundamental skills necessary to impact the nonprofit's missions and translate those learnings into the workplace. 

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Charitable Matching

Employees are encouraged to donate to the causes that are most meaningful to them and amplify their impact through a dollar-for-dollar company match. 

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Relief Efforts Program

Offers Ares team members an opportunity to aid disaster relief, prevention and education, and armed services support efforts in the United States and around the world. 

Our Impact

In 2021, the Ares Team came together in a big way to support the needs of our communities through donor support, volunteering and awareness - below are the highlights.

Total Awarded in Grants (USD)

$3m+

Total Sponsorships (USD)

$296,000

Total Matching Donations of Employee Giving (USD) 

$531,000

Employee Volunteer Hours

1,300

 

What AIM Means to our Team Members

Liz Wagener
Legal, New York

"A big pull for me, here at Ares, are the AIM events. I’m a fan of the program. Since it is very difficult to balance work and home life, I appreciate the opportunities that Ares provides its employees to volunteer for such a worthwhile program!"

Tom Latronica
Finance & Accounting, Los Angeles

"I helped renovate the backyard of a school with a group of colleagues. It was a really awesome experience. I think one of the best parts was just seeing how well the team worked together. We had everyone pitching in to get projects completed, from college interns all the way up to executive level folks. We built picnic tables, we repainted the school entrance and we even created a giant mural together. It was so cool to see what we had accomplished when we were done. It turned out great!"

Howard Wang
Credit, Los Angeles

"AIM events provide a unique opportunity for different business segments to collaborate and give back to our respective communities. One of my favorites is Cycle for Survival, an annual event affiliated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that raises funds for rare cancer research. As captain of the 40-person AIM Los Angeles team, I am proud to say that we not only consistently field one of the largest corporate teams, but also have been recognized as the top fund-raising group among the 250+ teams in Southern California!"

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Representative Partnerships

Representative Partnerships

Board Positions
Michael Arougheti
Serves on the Board of Directors of Operation HOPE
Merritt Hooper
Serves on the executive and investment boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Bennett Rosenthal
Serves as the Chairman of the Board of the LAFC foundation
Seth Brufsky
Serves on the Board of Directors of the Luminescence Foundation
David Kaplan
Serves on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Bryan Rozum
Serves as the President of the Junior Board at Metropolitan Family Services and is a founding Board member at ACG NextGen Leaders
Carl Drake
Serves on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
Gregory Margolies
Serves on the Board of Directors for the International Organization for Women and Development
Howard Wang
Serves on the Advisory Board of Big Citizen HUB and on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center
Don Haisch
Serves on the Board of Directors of Bob Hope USO
Antony Ressler
Member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is also one of the founding Board members and Finance Co-Chair of the Painted Turtle Camp
Michael Weiner
Serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Charity Partners