CORPORATE COMPASSION. Brighton Jones CEO Jon Jones focuses on enriching the lives of others.
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Jon Jones, cofounder/CEO
A registered investment adviser based in Seattle, Brighton Jones provides wealth management for individuals and families, as well as retirement-plan services for organizations. The company has two initiatives that promote opportunities for giving back and volunteering: 1% for Compassion and Compassion in Action.
Through 1% for Compassion, 1 percent of the company’s annual revenues are allocated for philanthropy, social impact and community investment. Compassion in Action supports employees in their efforts to make a difference by offering unlimited time off for volunteering and matching dollars for volunteer time ($25/hour up to 40 hours per year). The company also has a generous employee-match program of $1,000 per year, and each employee is a member of a Compassion Pod — a small group that is given $500 to donate to an organization of their choice.
“Our mission statement is to help our clients live a richer life,” says CEO Jon Jones. “And living a richer life, in our mind, is much more about well-being or happiness than it is [about] financial well-being. … People who have a higher emotional intelligence tend to be happier people.”
To further its initiatives, Brighton Jones has a full-time director of compassion and a full-time philanthropic adviser. The company estimates its employees volunteered 4,600 hours at more than 75 different organizations in 2017. Projects included a day of work at Elk Run Farm and monthly volunteering at New Horizons youth homeless shelter and FareStart.