The Blackstone Charitable Foundation deploys its financial and human capital in support of programs that bridge opportunity gaps and support more equitable and thriving communities. Special emphasis is given to regions where we live and work.

Blackstone LaunchPad

Our Programs

Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad works with colleges across the United States to help students launch successful careers through entrepreneurial skills-building programs and opportunities to intern at organizations in our network, including Blackstone, our portfolio companies and select startups.

Since 2010, Blackstone LaunchPad has supported students on more than 75 college and university campuses, now with a focus on Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges. In 2023, LaunchPad engaged more than 40,000 students.

Blackstone LaunchPad Event
Blackstone LaunchPad Event

Blackstone Connects

Blackstone Connects, our global employee engagement program, is a vehicle for Blackstone’s most important asset – our people – to support their local communities through volunteering and giving. Nearly 90% of our employees participated in annual firm-sponsored charitable activities in 2023.

BX Volunteers at City Harvest
BXCF Volunteers in Harlem
Project Sunshine

Current Partner Organizations

Blackstone Gives Back Challenge
Jon Gray, Blackstone’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and Maura Pally, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, celebrate the winners of the 2022 Blackstone Gives Back competition.
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Christine Anderson, Blackstone’s Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Jonny Bauer, Managing Director in Blackstone Portfolio Operations, and Rachel D. Latimore, Program Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, hold a fireside chat at the 2022 CUNY Women’s Event.
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Maura Pally, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, attends a Blackstone LaunchPad expansion event in Miami with Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Jon Stecher, Blackstone’s Global Head of Technology and Innovation, and Chris Striano, Blackstone’s Chief Operating Officer of Global Finance.
SF Marin Food Bank
Blackstone volunteers pack and distribute grocery bags for at risk community members with SF Marin Food Bank.
BX City Harvest Event
Kathleen McCarthy, Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate and City Harvest Board Member, and her Real Estate team repack rescued fresh produce to help feed New Yorkers in need.
BX Volunteers
Blackstone employees volunteer at Hudson River Park.
Inspiring HK Sports
Blackstone’s Hong Kong office volunteers with longtime partner, Inspiring HK Sports, an organization dedicated to empowering under-resourced youth through sports.
Cycle for Survival
Blackstone teams join the battle to fight rare cancers and support the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at the 2022 Cycle for Survival event.
FareShare Volunteering
Blackstone’s London office volunteers with FareShare to help organize food for distribution in support of those in need.

Updates from the Charitable Foundation


Maura Pally Sits Down with LEADERS Magazine

In an interview with LEADERS magazine, Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Maura Pally discusses what drew her to the role, the firm’s culture of giving back and how the Foundation works to advance resilience among communities we serve. Our signature programs — Blackstone LaunchPad and BX Connects — support BXCF’s efforts to create economic opportunity in under-resourced communities through partnerships with campuses and nonprofit organizations.

Maura Pally Speaking at Event

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to bring together Blackstone’s incredible scale and resources — along with the Charitable Foundation’s signature programs — to build on our commitment to serving the communities where we live and work.”

Maura Pally

Executive Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation