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2016 Winner: Commonwealth Financial Network

Commonwealth is the winner of the Broker/Dealers (1,000 Advisors or More) – Corporate Social Responsibility/Diversity category.

Company: Commonwealth Financial Network
Category: Broker/Dealers (1,000 Advisors or More) – Corporate Social Responsibility/Diversity 
Initiative: Birthday Wishes

For more than five years, Commonwealth Financial Network has partnered with the nonprofit organization Birthday Wishes to bring the joy of a birthday party to children experiencing homelessness. More than 100 Commonwealth employees have participated in 50 birthday parties at four different homeless shelters in the Greater Boston Area.  
In 2015, Commonwealth expanded its support to a fifth shelter in Waltham, Mass., providing parties with balloons, music and games for 244 children. Also in 2015, 50 employees at an annual Commonwealth conference volunteered to assemble “Birthday-in-a-Box” packages of party supplies and gifts, which were delivered to homeless children in domestic violence shelters, motels and other locations that can’t accommodate Birthday Wishes volunteers. 
Commonwealth employees who volunteer with Birthday Wishes feel grateful to be a part of these parties, which provide homeless children with a positive experience that can have lasting developmental benefits.

About the Company
True independence is about choice. As the nation’s largest privately held broker/dealer–RIA, Commonwealth has embodied that principle for more than 35 years, giving you the freedom to decide exactly the kind of advisor you want to be. Select from five different ways to affiliate—all are powered by the right combination of infrastructure, people, and indispensable service you and your clients can rely on every day.

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