BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the "Company") announced today that it donated an aggregate 120,000 to LIFT and Community Solutions through the Company's annual fundraising efforts in 2015. Over the past two years, the Company has donated over $280,000 to these charitable organizations, which focus on ending poverty and homelessness. The Company also organizes opportunities throughout the year for its employees to volunteer with the two charities.
President of Walker & Dunlop, Howard W. Smith, commented, "We are thrilled by the success of our continued partnership with LIFT and Community Solutions. The commitment to end homelessness has been the focus of Walker & Dunlop's charitable giving for almost three decades, and our annual fundraising efforts are now a defining characteristic of our corporate culture. Through our relationships with these incredible organizations, our employees have the privilege of making a difference in their communities by helping the impoverished and homeless throughout the country."
LIFT works to break the cycle of poverty for families through the development of skills that enable community members to find employment, housing and a quality education. The organization actively attempts to achieve this goal by providing personal, social and financial support in multiple cities across the country.
Community Solutions focuses on strengthening communities with the objective of ending homelessness and poverty. "Zero: 2016" is entering its second year of a two-year campaign aiming to end Veteran and chronic homelessness (individuals homeless for more than one year). Community Solutions now works with over 75 communities across the United States that provide support for the success of the "Zero: 2016" campaign.
"We feel so fortunate to once again be one of Walker & Dunlop's charities of choice. Thanks to the tireless work of Walker & Dunlop's committed employees, we're able to continue to make significant strides toward breaking the cycle of poverty for families across the country. The dedication and ambition that Walker & Dunlop has demonstrated in this partnership is a testament to the outstanding culture that its leadership and staff have cultivated. Their commitment to improve the communities they live and work in is just one of the many reasons we're proud to call Walker & Dunlop our partner," stated LIFT CEO & Founder, Kirsten Lodal.
Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions, commented, "Community Solutions is so thankful for the game -changing support we have received from Walker & Dunlop, which has made our national work to end veteran and chronic homelessness possible. Thanks to dedicated allies like Walker & Dunlop, we were able to help 80 U.S. communities find homes for more than 23,000 homeless veterans in 2015 alone. The firm's consistent support of our work has been distinguished by an extraordinary level of engagement with our team throughout the year, and, of course, by the storied enthusiasm of its passionate employees, who are so focused on making a difference."
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States providing financing and investment sales to owners of multifamily and commercial properties. Walker & Dunlop, which is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, has over 500 professionals in 25 offices across the nation with an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction.
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