2020 Community Annual Report
Black Knight is a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries with a sharp focus on serving our communities. Since 1962, Black Knight has embraced a commitment to be a strong community partner, and to support a wide range of initiatives to create a positive, uplifting impact where we live and work.
We Are Committed to Giving Back
In 2020, our commitment did not waiver as our employees, clients and communities faced unprecedented challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Black Knight and our generous employees pledged more than $980,000 to 65 organizations and employee volunteers donated 500+ hours of their time to non-profits and other groups across the nation.
Through Black Knight Cares, our company’s charitable giving program, we support organizations that match our community commitment. The following are our core focus areas for offering support:
Low income/housing-related causes
We Support Building Healthy Communities
Black Knight is proud to support initiatives in our communities that encourage active lifestyles, health research and education.
In 2020, we partnered with more than a dozen health-related organizations to promote breast cancer research, accelerate a cure for diabetes, help families and patients diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and many more initiatives. Our commitment goes beyond monetary donations. Black Knight employees also volunteered their time and served on boards for health-based organizations to provide direction, guidance and other support.
To help eradicate heart disease, the number-one cause of death worldwide, Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour and his wife Frances co-chaired the American Heart Association’s First Coast chapter Heart Ball in March 2020. Through their leadership, Anthony and Frances helped raise a record-breaking $1,766,000, making it the most successful Heart Ball ever for the American Heart Association on the First Coast.
“Frances and I are so thankful for those who supported the Heart Ball. With the support of so many, vital research and life-saving treatments for cardiovascular diseases and stroke are possible in our community.“Anthony Jabbour
Black Knight CEO
Black Knight was proud to support the following health and wellness organizations in 2020:
- ALS Association Florida Chapter
- Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- Baptist Health System Foundation
- Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
- Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
- Deerwood Gives Back – Serving Up a Cure Event
- The DONNA Foundation
- The DONNA Foundation
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Shands Jacksonville Foundation
We Support Our Military and Veterans
The courage and dedication of our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military families have earned our greatest respect and admiration. In 2020, Black Knight proudly partnered with four Jacksonville-area organizations that improve the lives of our military and their families through education, job training and increasing access to mental health services.
Two of these organizations include Operation New Uniform, which seeks to train veterans and their families for fulfilling careers and develop their skills as they grow into new opportunities; and K9s for Warriors, which trains and provides service canines to warriors coping with post-traumatic stress disorder or other related trauma.
Black Knight is also a corporate sponsor that helps cover all administrative costs for The Folded Flag Foundation so donations to the organization can be spent on its mission to provide scholarships and educational support grants to the spouses and children of military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action.
Black Knight is honored to have supported our nation’s military, veterans and their families in 2020, by donating time and resources to these organizations:
- Canine Companions for Independence
- K9s for Warriors
- Military Spouse Employment Partnership
- Operation New Uniform
- The Folded Flag Foundation
We Support the Next Generation of Knights
Black Knight supports various education and internship opportunities to demonstrate how deeply we care about developing smart, talented youth in our communities.
In 2020, donations to programs and events tailored to childhood and teen development programs exceeded $125,000. These initiatives were not only based near our headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, but across the nation. Our employees were inspired to get involved with efforts such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, which matches children ages 6 to 18 with mentors in their community. Knights also served on boards of development-centered programs such as Communities in Schools of Jacksonville, which empowers students to stay in school by coordinating resources tailored to each child’s needs.
This past summer, Black Knight partnered with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Florida for its week-long virtual STEM summer camp program. More than 30 girls listened to Black Knight subject-matter experts as they discussed the importance of cybersecurity, data privacy and careers in these fields.
Real-world skill building and training are critical to supporting the success of our next generation. Black Knight’s summer internship program provides the opportunity for the best and brightest students from colleges and universities to learn firsthand about a variety of roles and responsibilities within our industry-leading technology, data and analytics environment.
Black Knight is proud to support the following organizations that provide youth and development services:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
- Cathedral Arts Project
- Children’s Home Society
- Children’s Miracle Network
- Communities in Schools of Jacksonville
- Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
- Episcopal Children’s Services
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Florida
- Gray’s Project
- High School 9:12 Inc.
- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
- MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation
- McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville
We Support Improving Living Conditions
Securing the most basic items to survive is a challenge that so many in our communities face each day. Knights take their roles seriously in improving living conditions and finding solutions for those in low-income circumstances. Whether the need is food, housing or other essentials, Black Knight and our employees have partnered with organizations to help.
Food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic burdened families around the world. Black Knight proudly supports Farm Share, which recovers and distributes fresh food to those in need to help alleviate hunger. Farm Share distributed nearly 1 (1 million) pounds of food to hungry families in Florida between March and December 2020.
November marked our company’s annual giving initiative to the United Way, which fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community. Black Knight’s generous employee contributions are matched 50% by the company to increase the positive impact of donations. In 2020, we raised more than $233,000 for United Way.
In Minnesota, Knights have long supported the work of Spare Key, a nonprofit that provides housing assistance to Minnesota families with critically ill or seriously injured children. Keeping these families in their homes allows them to focus on what matters most: their child’s treatment and recovery. In lieu of client holiday gifts, Black Knight also made a generous donation to the MBA Opens Doors Foundation, which provides mortgage and rental payment assistance grants to parents and guardians caring for a critically ill or injured child, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes.
During 2020, Black Knight provided time and donations to the following organizations focused on improving living situations:
- The Folded Flag Foundation
- Operation New Uniform
- K9s for Warriors
- The PenFed Foundation
In addition to the core focus areas, Black Knight and its employees support a diverse range of charitable events, organizations, causes, and cultural foundations:
- American Red Cross
- Angels for Allison
- Jacksonville Human Society
- March of Dimes Foundation
- Teach for America
We Support a Diverse and Inclusive Community
Black Knight is dedicated to creating a safe, diverse and inclusive workspace for our employees, and we support efforts in our community that mirror that mission.
In February 2020, Knights attended the Jacksonville Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Luncheon, which honors individuals and businesses that exemplify the principles of equal opportunity. Despite working from home, our employees came together virtually via video chat to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in October.
Black Knight has been named a Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In 2020, this foundation awarded Black Knight, a score of 100 percent on its Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. CEO Anthony Jabbour is also a member of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Our Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable offers opportunities for employees to learn about and share their unique personal backgrounds to help promote a business culture representative of the unique values, opinions, cultures, abilities and needs of our employees, customers and community. Black Knight also sponsored the annual Coming-Out Breakfast for Jacksonville-based non-profit JASMYN, which provides services to LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-23.
Black Knight is proud to support a diverse and inclusive work culture and community by partnering with the following organizations:
- American Mortgage Diversity Council
- Florida Diversity Council
- National Diversity Council
- UNF LGBTQ Resource Center
WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER
Black Knight, our teams and individual employees care deeply about the communities and people where we live and work. Our investments and efforts reflect our values and reinforce our commitment to be a strong community partner. We stand united in our passion to make a powerful impact on those in need to help transform lives for the better.