Richard Rosenblatt established our firm’s commitment to giving back during our earliest days. Notably, Rosenblatt helped start two organizations benefiting members of our community: the Floor Members Outreach Program and the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund.
In 1987, Richard Rosenblatt founded the Floor Members Outreach Program, which has helped hundreds of NYSE employees and floor traders battle substance-abuse and addiction problems. After 9/11 the organization broadened its scope to also counsel and advise individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Rosenblatt still serves as the organization’s chairman.
In 1999, in keeping with a longtime NYSE floor tradition of passing the hat to help those in crisis, Rosenblatt co-founded the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund. The FHF’s mission was to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of New York City police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the FHF expanded its mission to also help the families of fallen Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers. Distributions of more than $11 million dollars over the organization’s lifetime are a testament to its success.
In 2010, in the wake of the financial crisis, which left many in our industry unemployed and charities bereft of critical operational funds, we started our annual YOU PICK, WE GIVE holiday tradition. Rosenblatt gifts clients and industry friends charity funds to allocate to a cause of their choosing.
In 2021, we began participating in the annual Wall Street Rides FAR (For Autism Research) cycling event as a bronze-level sponsor. On race day, we joined many industry friends to support a greater cause. In total the event raised an impressive $770K for autism research that year! We look forward to this meaningful event each year.
Aiming to partner with our employees to support the causes they care about most, in 2020, we launched our VTO (Volunteer Time Off) program. And in 2021, we launched our Employee Gift Matching Program.