Giving Back

At NewMark Merrill Companies, we are committed to a culture of giving back, believing that we rise by lifting others. In that spirit, we enthusiastically support dozens of organizations and outreach programs through volunteering and financial contributions.


A few recent and rewarding experiences:


Wave of Kindness

Appreciation for Local Heroes

Developed in response to the overwhelming demands during the pandemic, NewMark Merrill properties created Waves of Kindness and has conducted more than 10 Waves to date, benefitting over 13,000 people. Beneficiaries of this program include teachers, seniors, first responders, food banks, members of the community experiencing food insecurities and homeless shelters.

“I can't thank you all enough. This is really nice of the shopping center. Such a kind thing to do for our community.”

“Wait, no one gives away anything these days. Thank you so much! Really, thank you.”

“Thanks again for letting NORMS be involved in such a great opportunity to provide meals for the physicians, nurses and frontline workers! We truly appreciate everything they do!”

“My mom just died of COVID, and since she lived with us all, the kids are infected. I am the only one that is OK, and taking care of everyone. Thank you so much. It’s good to know there are still nice people out there.”

“I only had $30 dollars to buy food for my four kids...THANK YOU, I got laid off at the beginning of COVID, THANK YOU!”

Group photo of volunteers at Water Buffalo school event

Water Buffalo Club logo

Water Buffalo Club

Thanksgiving for Inner City School Kids

In November 2020, NewMark Merrill partnered with the Water Buffalo Club, a charitable organization dedicated to fostering the well-being of underserved and at-risk children. To help ensure inner-city school kids got to enjoy a proper Thanksgiving, NMC provided 100 gift cards to purchase turkey dinners. We also created packages of health and self-care items.

Large group of volunteers in front of VA hospital building

Department of Veteran Affairs seal

Veterans Hospital

Annual Giving Event for Homeless Vets

NewMark Merrill provided a 2019 holiday celebration for local vets with gift bags, entertainment, dozens of prizes, and meals for 300 at the Los Angeles Veterans Hospital. Nearly 80 NMC employees volunteered to decorate the dormitory gathering spaces for Christmas and later mingled with the vets, listening to the inspiring and touching stories they told of rebuilding their lives.

Two volunteers standing next to large bin full of backpacks

The Giving Spirit logomark

The Giving Spirit

Unhoused Survival Bags

The Giving Spirit provides aid to vulnerable and fragile lives by assembling and personally distributing survival kits to the children, women and families living on the streets of Los Angeles. NewMark Merrill provides support with an annual kit assembly event at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, CA. Volunteer NMC employees fill 400 backpacks with 60-70 items focused on health, hydration, hygiene, nutrition and weather protection.

Other organizations we’ve benefited:

Some additional organizations NMC has benefited through corporate and property level efforts include:

  • Bag of Hope Project – Christmas for Underserved Families
  • Homeless Support – Supplying Converted Recreation Centers
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Holiday Season Family Sponsoring
  • Hope of the Valley Sock and Underwear Drive
  • Jewish Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Toys for Tots
  • Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita

Is your non-profit organization interested in partnering with NewMark Merrill?

Please contact:

Lisa Polis
Vice President of People Operations