connection to community
A core component of Blue Heron’s mission is to be mindful and accountable stewards of the communities in which it invests. One way to achieve this goal is to be active in the communities in which we live, work and play. Blue Heron 's team members partner with numerous local organizations including:
- Self-Help Credit Union
- Urban Land Institute
- City of Durham
- Triangle Land Conservancy
- Triangle Community Foundation
- Preservation North Carolina
- Habitat for Humanity
- The YMCA
- UNC-Kenan Flagler Business School
- Chapel Hill Public School Foundation
- Dress for Success
- UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
TRIANGLE LAND CONSERVANCY
The Blue Heron team is particularly committed to the natural environment, believing it is vital to creating stronger communities. Our team has a special connection to the Triangle Land Conservancy, a non-profit organization that aims to protect important open spaces – stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitats, farmland, and natural areas. In partnership with simplyRBD, Jumping Rock created a series of 5 videos for Triangle Land Conservancy. These short documentaries highlight some of TLC’s amazing efforts to connect the community with nature and raise awareness of how important land conservation is in the triangle.
Habitat for Humanity
Blue Heron Team Build
Blue Heron Asset Management hosted a Habitat Build Day in cooperation with Durham Habitat for Humanity on Friday, September 25. The Blue Heron staff was joined by investors from Funds I and II as we spent a cold and rainy day working on the future home of Mary Clare Sommerville and her 2-year old daughter Hartley. Durham Habitat builds not only new construction, but also does reconstruction on older, historic homes, like this home on Taylor St. They tear existing homes down to the studs and then rebuild based on Habitat green guidelines as well as Durham historic preservation guidelines. Mary Clare and Hartley moved into their new home just before Christmas, 2015.
Each year, Maurice Malfatti joins other Triangle CEOs at Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Build. The CEO Build is an initiative led by business leaders from across the Triangle in partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Durham, Orange and Wake counties. Together they are working to build stable foundations for local families and children. In addition to spending the day building community with Triangle leaders, the sponsorship investments allow three dedicated families to buy homes in each of the three counties. Volunteers did everything from dig footings, to raising walls and installing siding.