Unparalleled Purpose

Corporate social responsibility is more than an ideal. For more than 50 years, the desire to improve lives has been fundamental to what sets our associates apart and has guided Palmetto GBA’s deep investment in the communities we call home. Our employees’ generosity is humbling.



In 2016, the Palmetto GBA team collectively reached out to almost 60 organizations. We met a variety of needs, from collecting items for the homeless to volunteering for organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities, Habitat for Humanity and the Columbia International Festival.



students provided with school supplies & mentoring


raised for Head Start centers, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Catholic Social Services, Meals on Wheels and more


families adopted during the holidays


2016 Best of Philanthropy Award

To honor and recognize associates’ exemplary commitment to community service, Palmetto GBA chartered a new award that allows winners to grant $3,000 to the charities of their choice. Award criteria include:

  • Understanding of community needs and assets
  • Creative approaches towards solving community needs or enhancing community assets
  • Community collaboration
  • Team participation/collaboration
  • Engagement – volunteer and fundraising support
  • Ongoing support vs. ‘one and done’

    Division 10 – Support Operations was the 2016 inaugural Best of Philanthropy Award winner. This team was recognized for its long-term commitment and positive impact through its monthly reading program at Joseph Keels Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina. The winners shared the grant money amongst the following charities, all in Columbia:

    • Joseph Keels Elementary
    • John P Thomas Elementary School
    • Senior Resources Inc.’s Pet Pals program
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia