GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GAMCO Investors, Inc. (“GAMCO”) (NYSE: GBL) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a nearly $7 million ($0.25 per share) shareholder designated charitable contribution (“SDCC”), a 25% increase from the previous $0.20 per share contribution under the program.
Since the inception of GAMCO’s SDCC program in 2013, and counting the $7 million announced today, shareholders will have designated contributions of close to $40 million to more than 280 charitable institutions.
Including today’s announcement, from the time of our initial public offering in February 1999, GAMCO will have donated approximately $65 million to charitable institutions.
As background, Warren Buffett had a similar program at Berkshire Hathaway from 1981 to 2003. Charitable giving is a cornerstone of society and an obligation for those with the means to make a difference in the world. This program underscores our commitment to managing socially responsible portfolios since 1987. More recently, the socially responsible mandates have evolved to include integrating ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors into the analysis of companies and the structuring of portfolios. As an organization, GAMCO will have no control over the recipients of the donations made on behalf of our shareholders.
Shareholders have until November 16, 2020 to register their shares to participate in the program. The charitable donations will be made no later than the first quarter of 2021. Only charities that are recognized 501(c)(3) organizations are qualified to receive the donation from GAMCO on each shareholder’s behalf. A list of eligible charities is available at: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check.
GAMCO conducts its investment advisory business principally through two registered investment advisor subsidiaries: Gabelli Funds, LLC (mutual and closed-end funds) and GAMCO Asset Management Inc. (Institutional and Private Wealth Management).
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