Fingerpaint Founder Donates $4 Million to Pay Staff Student Loan Debt

The agency's one-of-a-kind culture has included welcoming a staffer's pet pig and a mantra of no titles


Marketing agency Fingerpaint’s founder Ed Mitzen and his wife Lisa are personally donating $4 million to pay down every current employee’s student loan debt by $30,000 each, regardless of tenure.

“We are in the people business and 85% of my costs are people related,” Ed Mitzen told Adweek. “I try to lead from the sense of empathy for the staff. It is a tough industry and the hours can be kind of crappy, there is stress and pressure, deliverables and timing.

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