Community Involvement

Pekin Hard Strauss is committed to making meaningful change in their community through charitable endeavors.


Community Involvement

We love our hometown, Pekin Hardy Strauss Wealth Management has called Chicago home for a quarter of a century, and we are proud to give back to our community. Whether it’s through all-staff service days at local nonprofits, individual volunteer hours, or participation on local boards and advisory boards, our firm and staff strive to make a positive impact on our city.

Community Investing for Impact

Besides giving back through charitable efforts, we seek out appropriate community investing vehicles as a tool for directing capital to environmental projects, low income communities, and local businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are driving sustainability at a local level.

Benefit Chicago

Pekin Hardy Strauss has added to its community investment portfolio by investing in the Benefit Chicago program. The program is mobilizing $100 million in impact investments to finance the growth of impact enterprises throughout the Chicago region to support community-based entrepreneurs. Powered by deep philanthropic commitment and impact investing experience, Benefit Chicago is a collaboration of The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation and Calvert Impact Capital.

Self-Help Credit Union

Pekin Hardy Strauss has partnered with North Carolina based Self-Help Credit Union for several years, and we are strong supporters of their mission and work.

In the summer of 2020, Pekin Hardy raised more than $1.1 million of capital to support the work of Self-Help in Chicago. Through the creation of a special certificate of deposit (CD) in partnership with Self-Help, $1,171,000 was raised by Pekin Hardy clients and employees, with $250,000 of the total coming directly from the firm and the Pekin Hardy management team. 100% of the capital raised from this offering will be invested in individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in low-income communities of Chicago.

The Pekin Hardy team spent an afternoon volunteering at Lakeview Pantry, a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate hunger and poverty in our community.

Pekin Hardy team members paint playgrounds at a local school as a part of the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, a one-day volunteer event in which more than 5,000 Chicagoans made an impact around our city by volunteering their time and talents.

Josh Strauss and Annie Rijks of Pekin Hardy Strauss participate in the Chicago Bike Commuter Challenge, which encouraged Chicagoans to bike to and from work in order to promote a healthier environment and healthier bodies.

Because impact investing may eliminate certain securities as investments, it may cause  performance to behave either positively or negatively compared to strategies containing investments that are not excluded due to various criteria. 


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There is no guarantee that the vehicles presented will succeed; and investment results may vary. Bonds are affected by a number of risks, including fluctuations in interest rates, credit risk, and prepayment risk. Alternative Private Investments, such as REIT's and real-estate related securities involve special risks. such as limited liquidity and interest rates risk. Investors in alternative investments should bear in mind that these products can be highly speculative and may not be suitable for all clients. Investments in commodities may be affected by overall market movements, changes in interest rates, and other factors, such as weather disease, embargoes, and international economic and political developments.

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