Community Impact Snapshot

Community Affairs Americas

To make a lasting impact in today’s world, it’s about more than giving—it’s about giving with purpose. At UBS, we’ve targeted our efforts to drive long-term,
sustainable change through our focus on education, entrepreneurship and leveraging the time and talent of our employees through volunteer opportunities in the communities we serve.

We welcome you to learn more about our efforts and get to know the people we’ve worked with along the way.

Covid-19 Relief

The virus has continued to spread throughout the US and around the world. Many countries face a shortage of medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers. Across the US, millions of children are vulnerable as the healthy meals they rely on become unavailable due to school closures.

In response, UBS has committed $30 million globally to combat the virus and support communities to address both immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts. As part of that, Community Affairs activated a special COVID-19 Relief Matching Gifts Program that will allow all employees across the region to make matched-donations to select relief organizations. The firm will generously match all employee donations made, with no limit.

UBS Community Corps

At UBS, philanthropy and volunteering are key to our culture. Anchored by our annual Season of Service (June 1 – August 31) campaign, UBS Community Corps encourages employees across the Americas to engage in their local communities year-round through hands-on and skills-based volunteering.

on Season of 
Service 2019

Americas employees volunteered

Volunteer hours


Cities served

Girls Take Wall Street

Girls Take Wall Street

Launched on March 1, 2019 to kick off Women's History Month, the initiative, held in partnership with Bloomberg and State Street Advisors, inspired the next generation of fearless female leaders from KIPP NYC and The Young Women's Leadership School to explore careers in the financial industry through office tours, career panels and speed networking with more than 100 UBS employees volunteering. The day culminated with students ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

Acing the interview

Meet a student who’s prepared to ace her next interview

“Before the HirePower™ mock interview workshop, I was shy during interviews; now I’m more confident and outspoken throughout the whole interview process. The storytelling exercises that we did with the UBS volunteers helped me understand myself better and feel comfortable talking about myself in a professional way. These are skills I will definitely continue to use in the future now that I have graduated high school.”
—Adrienne, Student, Good Shepherd Services

Every student has a unique story to tell. That’s why we partnered with Story2 to develop fun, video-based mock interview toolkits for UBS volunteers to use with high school and college students as they craft their personal narratives in preparation for college admissions, internships and job interviews.

A market that delivers

Meet a UBS market that takes service to the next level

“Participating in Season of Service is important to the Washington D.C. market because it enables us to contribute to our communities and it helps foster camaraderie and teamwork across offices.”
—Jerry Castro, Washington, D.C. Market Head

The Washington, D.C. market made a meaningful difference in their community during Season of Service. From working with a local animal rescue organization to find homes for pets, to getting students ready for the school year by stuffing backpacks full of school supplies, this market embodies UBS’s culture of service.

Vets on Wall St

Meet a veteran who’s headed to Wall Street

“Working with my UBS mentor gave me the confidence to apply to jobs I normally wouldn’t have considered. My mentor’s expertise and advice have been essential in my job search and securing a position at a large financial services company. I cannot thank my mentor and ACP enough for all the help.”
—Eric T., U.S. Marine Corps, ACP Protégé mentee 

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a key skills-based volunteer partner for UBS, working to support the professional development of veterans as they transition to careers in the civilian workforce. Since the launch of the program, 750 veterans have been mentored by UBS employees.

UBS NextGen Leaders

UBS NextGen Leaders, our signature Americas education initiative, aims to empower high-potential, first-generation, lower-income students with the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in college and beyond.

Keys To Your Future: College and Career Readiness: In partnership with EVERI, a leading social impact education technology company, we launched Keys To Your Future: College and Career Readiness, a personalized digital curriculum for low-to-moderate-income high school students across the U.S., to better prepare them for college and career.

Keys To Your Future aims to reach more than 150,000 high school students in 1,000 schools and nonprofit organizations nationally by 2021. The program continues UBS's longstanding commitment to education, building upon the firm's investment to establish UBS NextGen Leaders five years ago to improve college success among under-resourced populations.

UBS-SEO College Scholars: Designed in partnership with SEO Scholars, this intensive college access and success program supports 125 young men of color to persist to graduation at competitive institutions. Our first cohort graduated with a 90% four-year graduation rate, a stellar outcome compared to the average national graduation rates of 20% for low-income students and 60% for all students.

Our impact

High school students from over 500 schools nationwide are using the Keys To Your Future: College and Career Readiness program

Our first UBS-SEO College Scholars cohort of 121 men of color graduated with a 90% four-year graduation rate

Hours of personalized technical and nonacademic skills learning from students using the Keys To Your Future course

A jam-packed passport

Meet our UBS-SEO
College Scholar, Jorge

The only things more jam-packed than Jorge’s academic and extracurricular schedules are the pages of his passport. He has traveled to Vietnam, Kuwait, Ireland, Colombia, Mexico, Israel and Palestine, where he studied international peacemaking and met with parliamentarians and transnational activists. On campus at Boston College, he organizes panels on a variety of topics including Latin American affairs to help open people’s eyes to other cultures. Through his experiences with our program, Jorge has been able to grow and explore his international interests and wants to become a foreign service officer.

UBS-SEO College Scholars supports 125 African-American and Hispanic/Latino young men through a multi-year college success program that provides them with individual advising, international experience and career and leadership development.

Opening new doors

Meet a TalentED college counselor

“Because of the relationships I’ve formed on TalentED, I feel like I am opening doors for my students to find schools that are right for them. I met an admissions recruiter on the platform from Earlham College, all the way in Indiana, and arranged for him to visit our high school. Thanks to both his visit and TalentED’s college search capabilities, my students have not only become more aware of their options, but also more receptive to applying to schools they otherwise wouldn’t have considered. Additionally, TalentED has helped me grow my network and strengthen my ability to be successful in my job.”
Christina Fontenot, Director of College Counseling, Abramson Sci Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana

The TalentED Project is a free online platform that connects students with colleges and universities that are a good academic, social and financial fit. By making it easy for college advisors and admissions officers to build relationships, we’re helping to increase the recruitment pipeline of underrepresented students to college campuses nationwide.

The TalentED community

The TalentED Project’s community is connecting nationwide

The TalentED Project builds skills and expands knowledge by fostering a community for students, organizations, high schools and colleges and universities nationwide. TalentED makes connections and creates a pipeline to colleges where first generation, lower-income students are more likely to graduate.

Choosing the right college is difficult for anyone— and when you’re the first in your family to go to college, it’s hard to know where to start. Using TalentED, students can search beyond their backyard for schools that are a good fit for them.

UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs

Our entrepreneurship initiative drives economic growth by encouraging a more inclusive landscape for underrepresented founders. Through our partnerships and programs, UBS provides entrepreneurs with access to training, capital and networks needed to build their companies, create jobs and contribute to their local communities.

Project Entrepreneur: UBS is on a mission to accelerates the growth of female founded companies by increasing their investment readiness, building bridges to capital and investing in ecosystems that empower our most innovative entrepreneurs.

Venture for America: UBS is investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs through VFA, who recruits, trains and supports top college graduates to work at start-ups in cities with high potential for revitalization in 14 cities across the country.

Village Capital: UBS has partnered with Village Capital to launch Capital Pathways, a program to improve awareness of and access to more inclusive capital for diverse founders, particularly women and founders and color.

Our impact

Female founders trained and equipped with tools, resources and advice to grow their companies

Applications received for the Project Entrepreneur venture competition with a 50% ethnically diverse applicant pool

Raised in funding by Venture for America fellows after receiving the UBS Venture Catalyst Award

A tailored solution

Meet an entrepreneur 
who survived the Shark Tank™

Steven Mazur was tired of struggling to find clothes that fit his shorter frame. Realizing he wasn’t alone, he decided to solve a problem that affects 1 in 3 American men—he co-founded Ash & Erie, a Detroit-based startup that makes clothing for men 5 feet 8 inches or shorter. After receiving funding through the UBS Venture Catalyst Award, he has gone on to accept an equity offer from Shark Tank™ investor Mark Cuban.

Success without stress

Meet the female founder who wants to help you de-stress

Faced with a high-pressure job and a daughter plagued with night terrors, Vicki Mayo was overwhelmed. Determined to make her life easier, she collaborated with a neuroscientist to create a wearable device, The Touchpoint Solution, that alleviates stress in 30 seconds. The product has multiple uses including reducing anxiety for people with autism, ADHD, PTSD and Parkinson’s. Since participating in the Project Entrepreneur Accelerator, Vicki has been featured in Mashable and Forbes and has expanded her product line.

Helping founders nationwide

Leveling the playing field for founders coast to coast

We know that the best entrepreneurial ideas aren’t restricted by geography even though almost 80% of venture capital dollars deployed every year end up in just three locations: San Francisco, New York City and Boston. 

Together with our partners, we are ensuring that founders across the country have access to the training, capital and networks they need to grow their companies.