A Culture of Giving Back


Peterson Companies has always taken an active role in supporting local and national initiatives that reflect our commitment to improving quality of life.

Peterson Family Foundation

Milt and Carolyn Peterson together with their family, established the Peterson Family Foundation in 1997 out of a fundamental belief that to be successful, they must be fair, honest and always strive to support the community in which they live and do business in. Through their generosity and commitment to giving back, they have directly contributed and helped to raise millions of dollars to a diverse list of organizations including Northern Virginia Family Service, Gleaning For The World, Life With Cancer, Youth For Tomorrow, George Mason University, Middlebury College, St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, Flint Hill School, Teach For America and The United Methodist Church. As a testament to their generosity and commitment to giving back, the Peterson Companies have just been awarded the Washington Business Journal’s top award for giving for mid-size companies for the fifth year in a row. In addition to fundraising, family members give of their personal time and talent to support organizations throughout the region and are an inspiring example to everyone they encounter.

Active Support Throughout The Company

The list of events and programs Peterson Companies employees have supported across the years is surprisingly diverse. But what makes these community-focused activities truly exceptional is the number of our people who take part every year. Annually, more than half of the employees at Peterson Companies volunteer for, or donate to local charity programs and events. From running in races and rebuilding homes to scooping ice cream and packing potatoes, our employees do whatever is needed to raise dollars and awareness for those in need. Peterson Companies was honored with the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Corporate Philanthropy Award for all of these extraordinary efforts. We’re proud of the award, but even prouder of our employees’ commitment to making life better for people in our region.

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