Corporate Social Responsibility

Canyon Partners was established in 1990 with the spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration anchored by leadership, ethics, and values. Since the firm’s inception, the founders have prioritized charitable giving and supported our employees’ efforts in furthering social good.

Community Outreach

Canyon's Efforts

Canyon Partners was established in 1990 with the spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration anchored by leadership, ethics and values.

Since inception, the importance of community outreach, philanthropy and social awareness have been important components of Canyon’s corporate culture. Through internal initiatives and external engagement, Canyon continues to seek ways to align and integrate these values within our investment approach and across the organization.

As we continue to grow, learn and respond as we see fit to the mounting challenges of our time, we are committed to our role as an agent for positive change with special emphasis on the following causes.

Canyon focuses its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts across the following verticals:

Education & Research

Sustainability & The Environment

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Underserved Communities

Volunteer Activities

Giving Back with Canyon

Since inception, the firm has prioritized and encouraged charitable giving, and volunteerism. Canyon’s Founding Partners and team members serve as board members of numerous philanthropic organizations.

The volunteer initiative, “Canyon Gives Back,” was adopted in 2017 as a formal charitable program, combining volunteerism with team-building opportunities.  On a quarterly basis, Canyon partners with local nonprofit organizations for team members to engage in a group volunteer activity such as cleaning the beaches with Heal the Bay or providing unsheltered mothers and their children with the necessities to get off the streets and into affordable housing with Baby 2 Baby.

Team members are also allowed two days of paid leave per year to volunteer with a non-profit organization of their choice.

These various efforts embody Canyon’s longstanding commitment to community service, creating relationships within the local philanthropic ecosystem, and providing an opportunity for Canyon team members to bond outside the work environment while making a positive difference.

Our team’s active involvement with local communities unquestionably contributes to Canyon’s culture of participation, teamwork, and overall success. We take tremendous pride in being a good corporate citizen, and our history of engagement and outreach has made the firm what it is today.”

Josh Friedman,
Co-Chief Executive
Officer and Co-Founder

Our efforts over the past year have included creating mentorship programs. In 2021, we partnered with Beyond Barriers, a leadership coaching platform, to launch a formal mentorship program for our female staff. In turn, Canyon team members – in partnership with various organizations such as Rock The Street Wall Street – serve as student mentors with a focus on developing financial literacy and opening doors in the industry to traditionally underrepresented groups.

Our employees are passionate about making a positive impact on society and are involved in our community engagement and philanthropic activities. Volunteer work is at the core of Canyon’s CSR efforts and employee participation is a cornerstone for team building, strengthening company culture and sense of community.

Our activities focus on supporting partner organizations whose causes are aligned with our values as a firm. We believe that not only are we making a positive impact through these efforts, but that Canyon’s culture is strengthened by our employees’ deep commitment to contributing their time and energy towards these critical causes.


Our Relationships

Canyon seeks to support non-profit organizations whose missions are aligned with the firm’s values. Canyon leverages these relationships to raise awareness and collaborate on solutions to some of the more urgent challenges facing society today. Through these targeted partnerships and initiatives, the Firm aims to make an impactful contribution and create lasting progress in these critical areas.


Charitable Giving

Over the years, Canyon has supported numerous causes through millions of dollars in corporate donations on behalf of the firm. Areas of focus have included arts and education, underserved communities and healthcare, among many others.

In 2004, Canyon launched a matching donation program to provide employees with an opportunity to double their donor impact during periods of crisis and emergency.


Match of relief efforts from each individual’s contribution to a credible non-profit organization.

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