We work with nonprofits and other organizations to address some of the most pressing issues in our communities and in the world today. Improving access to clean water and supporting conservation of this most precious resource is just one area we prioritize. We also support efforts to make water and wastewater service more affordable and invest in future leaders by supporting scholarships for students who want to help local governments and utilities overcome the challenges they face.
In addition to giving, Raftelis encourages our employees to be engaged in their local communities by volunteering. Employees regularly take on volunteer projects in their community or sign up as an office for a fun run or clean-up for a charity that aligns with our values.
Our approach to philanthropy is rooted in the Raftelis Charitable Gift Fund, which has received almost a quarter of a million dollars from Raftelis since it began in 2018. An employee-led Board of Trustees is the driving and organizing force behind our giving program.
The Raftelis Charitable Gift Fund evaluates and selects recipients of our contributions based on alignment with our three pillars (access to clean water, education, and affordability), track record of success, and charity ratings and management scores. Our primary beneficiaries are: Water for People, Project WET, and charity: water. In addition to financial contributions, we partner with these organizations on volunteer opportunities. Additional contributions flow to organizations that our employees raise up as opportunities for us to make a difference.
Two Raftelis Leadership Scholarships have been established with the goal of supporting and growing relationships with promising students who have an interest in becoming problem solvers for local governments and municipal water utilities. Our ideal scholarship candidate has an interest in a consulting career. Students with diverse backgrounds and experiences are highly encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants have proven leadership ability and strong academic achievement. Although a specific major is not required, students who have a major in business, finance, communications, public affairs, economics, marketing, and government relations are aligned with the types of majors many of our employees have. Above all we are looking for well-rounded students with initiative and experience that they would like to share with our company and our clients.
Raftelis selects two scholarship recipients annually to receive:
Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are open from Aug. 24 to Dec. 21, 2020 and can be accessed through the American Water Works Association’s Water Equation.
To learn more about opportunities at our firm, visit our careers page.