Protiviti Honored with an Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award for CommUnity Scholarship Program

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Consulting magazine recognizes firm for third consecutive year

​MENLO PARK, Sept. 7, 2016 – Consulting magazine has named global consulting firm Protiviti a recipient of the publication’s “Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award” for its CommUnity scholarship program. This is the third time that Protiviti has received the award, which this year recognizes 18 firms for their outstanding social and community investment and engagement. 

Protiviti’s CommUnity scholarship program was founded in 2005 in Chicago with the aim of supporting promising students in some of the city’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. Every year, Protiviti Chicago employees undertake to raise enough money to select two outstanding students in need from local high schools for a renewable college scholarship as well as continue to support recipients going through their sophomore, junior and senior years of college. Since it started, Protiviti Chicago’s scholarship program has seen 11 students graduate from college, with another nine currently in college. Several graduates have extended their educational pursuits, earning masters’ degrees, and Protiviti’s very first scholar graduated with a doctorate degree in 2015 and is now a professor. Inspired by their Chicago colleagues, Protiviti employees in Atlanta and Washington D.C. have now started a similar program.

The idea for the CommUnity scholarship program originated with Sharon Lindstrom, a Protiviti managing director who also serves on the board of Chicago-based non-profit organization Umoja Student Development, which is dedicated to helping young people succeed in high school and beyond. On learning of the award, Lindstrom said, “Our employees teamed together 11 years ago to support under-resourced high school students with the aptitude and dream of a college education. Since then, our people have raised over $400,000 and have been providing mentorship throughout the winning students’ college years. We’re immensely proud of the success of our students and look forward to supporting many more.” 

Protiviti President and CEO Joe Tarantino added, “We’re proud to be recognized with this award, which acknowledges the grass roots efforts of our employees to improve the lives of those around them.”

Protiviti will be honored along with other recipients at Consulting magazine’s awards dinner on September 8, 2016 in New York City. 

In 2015, Protiviti received an “Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award” award from Consulting magazine for its i on Hunger program, an initiative which has provided more than three million meals for those struggling with hunger across the globe. In 2014, the firm received the same award for its inaugural U.S. Intern Day of Service. 

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About Protiviti

Protiviti ( is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach, and unparalleled collaboration to help leaders confidently face the future. Protiviti and its independent and locally owned Member Firms provide clients with consulting and managed solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, digital, legal, governance, risk and internal audit through its network of more than 85 offices in over 25 countries.

Named to the 2022 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, Protiviti has served more than 80 percent of Fortune 100 and nearly 80 percent of Fortune  500 companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies. Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE: RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index.

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