Boston Business Journal Names Benchmark a 2019 Top Charitable Contributor

September 09, 2019

Support of Health Care Causes and Local Hospitals Top List of Benchmark Donations

Benchmark, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced they have been named to Boston Business Journal's 2019 Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts list. The list recognizes Massachusetts-based companies that give back by contributing the most to local, regional and national charities and non-profit organizations. Benchmark was the only senior care provider to be selected. 

In 2018, Benchmark donated $133,346 in cash donations and goods to organizations such as Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the CIC Venture Café Global Institute’s AGENCY, a co-working and networking hub for innovators in the aging and longevity space. 

“Giving back is central to our company culture because we firmly believe that, as a human connection company, we are all part of something that is bigger than ourselves,” says Tom Grape, founder and CEO of Benchmark. “Supporting causes that are near and dear to our hearts helps us to accomplish our mission of keeping our associates, residents and their families connected to who and what matters most in their lives.” 

In addition to its support of external not-for-profit organizations, in 2007, the company established the Benchmark One Company Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides grants for associates in times of need when they can’t purchase the necessities of life or meet the contingencies created by an emergency. In 2018 alone, the fund extended over $220,000 in grants to 102 requests for assistance. 

Associates and residents of its 58 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities throughout the Northeast also actively volunteer, raising funds and hosting drives for local charities, such as local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, food pantries and animal shelters. “Doing well for others is what drives each of our communities every day, whether it’s caring for our residents or providing support to those who need it most in the greater communities we serve,” says Grape. 
 
Great Place to Work Institute recently certified Benchmark for the second straight year, earning the company the number 15 spot on FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services list and number five among senior living companies with 50 or more communities. The company is also routinely recognized by Boston Business Journal as a top workplace and one of the healthiest employers. 

About Benchmark 
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care retirement communities in eight states. Certified for the second consecutive year as a Great Place to Work, Benchmark in 2019 moved up to the number 15 spot on FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services list of large companies in the senior housing and care category and ranked number five among senior living companies with 50 or more communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information

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