Companies With A Heart: Tech's Top Charitable Givers12:00 PM EST Tue. Sep. 17, 2013
In light of Microsoft's recent announcement that it would be offering Office 365 for free to nonprofit groups, CRN rounded up tech's top charitable givers for the past year to see how they stack up against one another. The companies are primarily focused on STEM education, disaster relief and the environment through grants, equipment and software donations, and employee community service hours.
Cash: $30.5 million
Causes: Environment, Safety, STEM Education, Arts and Culture, Health, Civic and Business
Texas Instruments and the Texas Instruments Foundation work to enrich the company's local Dallas community through donations to improve STEM education, culture and health through United Way. They also donate calculators and equipment on an as-available basis, often through donating surplus inventory.
Cash: $34.5 million
Causes: Education, Cancer, Social Entrepreneurship, Disaster Relief, Community Service
Dell works particularly to provide technology solutions, expertise and hours for community service. For example, it works to deliver technology solutions for pediatric cancer treatments and to improve disaster relief response time.
Cash: $56.4 million
Non-Cash: $26.7 million
Causes: Environment, Education, Healthcare, Domestic Violence
The Verizon Foundation uses technology to create change in education, the environment and healthcare. For example, its Hopeline program gives used cell phones to victims of domestic violence, more than 8 million phones to date. The Verizon Foundation also works to help the environment through cable and PC recycling programs and carbon-free technology. It encourages employee donations and service hours through matching contributions.
Cash: $95.5 million
Total: Total: $96,177,334
Causes: Disaster Relief, Community Engagement, Military, Education, Diversity
As part of one of its AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T works to improve education access to underprivileged areas through a commitment of $250 million over five years, started in 2012, as well as 1 million hours of mentoring by AT&T employees.
Cash: $104.9 million
Causes: STEM Education, Female Empowerment, Underprivileged Youth, Community Engagement
The Intel Foundation contributes to educational and community growth around the world. It works to encourage growth in science, technology, engineering and math through science fairs, robotics competitions and other events particularly focused in underprivileged areas. Intel encourages employee engagement, with more than 40 percent of employees involved in the company's volunteer program.
Cash: $11.5 million
Non-Cash: $146.5 million
Total: Total: $158,000,000
Causes: STEM Education, Environment, Global and Local Community
Oracle commits to donating financial, expertise and in-kind to the Lawrence Hall of Science, National Geographic Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Teach for All. Oracle's Impact Grants program also provides money and employee hours to various nonprofit causes.
Cash: $48.3 million
Non-Cash: $148.8 million
Causes: Environment, Community Economic Development, Education, Health, Literacy, Language, Culture
In addition to working to maintain diverse and happy employees, IBM works to uphold environmentally friendly practices throughout its production process. It provides technology grants to help improve the IT infrastructure of educational groups and nonprofits. IBM has also developed extensive educational and disaster relief initiatives through technology innovation.
Cash: $44.9 million
Non-Cash: $249.1 million
Causes: Education, Healthcare, Veterans, International, Disaster Relief, Hunger
Cisco works to develop environmentally sustainable products, from creation to end-of-life recycling. Cisco Networking Academy works to provide education and job training to more than 4 million students globally to date. It also works to provide improved global healthcare access, hunger relief and economic development worldwide though initiatives and charitable giving.
Cash: $99.7 million
Non-Cash: $804.5 million
Causes: Youth, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Nonprofits
Through large donations of packaged software and a newly implemented Office 365 For Nonprofit offering, Microsoft expands nonprofit access to its software. Microsoft started its Office 365 offering after nonprofits started asking them for the software with a desire to move to the cloud. "They all need tech to do their jobs better and better, and they are looking for a service that will let them do it," said Lori Harnick, general manager of corporate citizenship and public affairs at Microsoft, in an interview with CRN. Microsoft also offers discounted products to educational groups as well as donates grants to disaster relief and education, among other areas.
Cash: $105 million
Non-Cash: $1 billion
Total: $1.105 billion
Causes: Education, Community, Disaster Relief, Global Development, Environment
Google leads the charge in charitable giving through grants, technology donations and employee hours. Using app development to help extend nonprofit reach and technology access, Google acts as a platform for nonprofit growth. The Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant galvanizes employee giving through both an employee gift matching program and GoogleServe, which encourages employees to devote time to local community service efforts.