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Chicago

Jones Lang LaSalle Contributes to Haitian Relief Efforts

Firm donates cash and implements enhanced employee match donation program


CHICAGO, February 11, 2010 — Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that the firm is making an immediate $25,000 donation to the World Food Program (WFP) to directly assist in the immense and growing needs of the Haitian people following the region’s devastating earthquake.  The firm has also enhanced its employee donation match to reputable Haitian relief organization up to $250 per person.  This is separate and beyond the firm’s normal employee-matching program. 

“I’m really proud of our employees across the globe who have rallied to make both monetary and volunteer commitments to Haitian relief. As a firm, Jones Lang LaSalle is committed to supporting the Haitian relief efforts,” said Ann Sperling, Jones Lang LaSalle Chief Operating Officer – Americas.  “In addition to our immediate cash donation and enhanced employee-match program, Jones Lang LaSalle will look for ways to apply its expertise in commercial real estate to help the reconstruction efforts that will ultimately take place.

“We are grateful for Jones Lang LaSalle’s generous and quick response to the earthquake that has devastated Haiti,” said Karen Sendelback, President and CEO of Friends of the World Food Program. “We need the support from the corporate sector to address this urgent humanitarian crisis. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is distributing food rations – such as rice, vegetable oil and salt – to earthquake victims, and the agency has made hospitals and orphanages priorities. Jones Lang LaSalle is strengthening WFP’s capacity to fight hunger worldwide.”
 
In addition to Jones Lang LaSalle’s corporate efforts, many of the firm’s local market businesses have partnered with other organizations to raise additional funds.  For example, Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington D.C. partnered with others in the commercial real estate industry to host a charity event that raised more than $180,000 to be donated to the American Red Cross.  After the earthquake, the firm’s Retail group implemented marketing efforts at the malls it manages to encourage shoppers to donate to reputable organizations.

“We chose to donate to the World Food Program as the organization is getting these donations into the hands of Haitians by providing meals to local communities in need right now,” continued Sperling.  “As the relief and reconstruction efforts continue, we will seek ways to support the area’s rehabilitation, and are encouraging others do what they can do to support the relief efforts.”

Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) is a U.S.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations. Friends of WFP unites organizations and individuals committed to solving world hunger. Our education, advocacy, and fundraising efforts in the United States support WFP’s life-saving global food assistance and development programs. To learn more visit www.friendsofwfp.org.