Beyond Grey Pinstripes




Brown Bag Lunch Series: Building Impact (2009)





Activity Type

Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Heller Career Services Office featuring Executive Director of Building Impact, Lisa Guyon. Building Impact is a social impact organization created in 1998 as a tenant appreciation program in buildings owned and managed by Paradigm Properties. Then called "Community Connection", the building-wide volunteer events and donation drives were, at first, a simple gesture for tenants who leased space in the office buildings that Paradigm Properties managed.

Community Connection events, such as business attire drives and charity bake sales in the lobby, were meant to bring community involvement right to people's doorsteps--to harness the collective energy, resources, and goodwill of companies and individuals that spent so much time in these very office buildings. By connecting over 20 nonprofit organizations with the community of companies and individuals in the buildings, Paradigm successfully mobilized and empowered people who wanted to play a greater role in making their communities stronger.

By 2003, the annual impact of Community Connection was estimated at $300,000, prompting the company to found the nonprofit organization Building Impact. As its own independent nonprofit organization, Building Impact was able to expand the impact of Community Connection beyond the buildings owned or managed by Paradigm Properties.

Today, Building Impact partners with 13 real estate firms across greater Boston. They service 50 buildings, helping over 500 companies and 18,000 people volunteer, donate, and connect to the community, right in the buildings where they work and live. They channel 100% of this goodwill, volunteerism, donations, and interest in giving to their Nonprofit Partner Network, comprised of dozens of excellent organizations around Greater Boston addressing issues such as Youth & Education, Hunger & Housing, Environment, Job Training, Literacy, and Community Health.

From one office building in downtown Boston, to 50 buildings as far north as Lowell, as west as Southboro, and as far south as Norwood, Building Impact is creating a large-scale network of corporate citizens and civic participants...building by building.