Supporting Our Community
Spot participates in various community programs, charitable organizations and special causes throughout the year, and we encourage employee and firmwide participation through our Spot Sharing committee.
The firm is actively involved with Hedge Funds Care, an organization that is supported by our industry to prevent and treat child abuse. In addition, there are many other groups that our employees work with and organizations that the firm contributes to, including Ravinia Reach Teach Play, CareLink Foundation, and Hephzibah Children’s Association.
As a means of benefiting our local community while giving employees an opportunity to socialize together, Spot regularly sponsors charitable activities such as “JP Morgan Corporate Challenge” and other events throughout the year. Many employees, along with their families and friends, regularly participate in these events.
Spot granted a scholarship through the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois to a female engineer focused in computer science to help support diversity within the STEM discipline. Additionally, we welcome opportunities to engage schools and universities, providing tours and presentations at our office for college and graduate school students, as well as speaking engagements for different school groups. We partner with several colleges including University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago to help students gain more exposure to our industry, providing mentoring and hands-on projects to help learn about trading.
We have partnered with the Salvation Army for a daily pick-up of food, with an average of 50 meals per week being donated. Spot also supports Misericordia Bakery, purchasing gifts from the bakery and providing other donations.
The Sharing group has begun a monthly program where Spot provides employees with dessert from one of the many Chicago-based charities that improve peoples’ lives through baking skills, including worthy groups such as Blue Sky bakery, First Slice, and Kurt’s Cafe. Our fundraiser for the Windy City Duck Derby was a huge success in 2014, with employees purchasing over 500 ducks to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. During the holidays, employees play Secret Santa, purchasing gifts for local underprivileged children through various “Letters to Santa” programs. Spot’s annual Game Night for Charity has become a popular event where employees contribute money to participate in a variety of games, and the money we collect is donated to the charity of the winning employee’s choosing. In addition, our annual Fall Fundraiser has donated to several charities that are close to our Spot employees, including SitStayRead and the Sentinels of Freedom.