Through technical innovation, skills-based volunteering, capabilities and skills delivery, payroll deductions and direct grants, IBM and IBMers contribute directly to service and humanitarian causes.
On the larger scale, company programs coordinate tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, millions of dollars annually of employee charitable contributions (more than $1 billion since the program started), and the development and delivery of technological solutions to help nonprofits serve more effectively. On a more intimate scale, IBM’s corporate culture encourages and supports individual acts of giving and service. Indeed, one of the key characteristics of IBM that has attracted and retained top talent for more than 100 years is the ability for employees to integrate community involvement with their family lives and careers.
On Demand Community
For more than 10 years, IBM’s On Demand Community® has served as a hub through which current and retired IBMers can engage in service and maximize the value of their contributions of skills. Through On Demand Community, nearly 290,000 IBM employees and alumni have contributed more than 20 million hours of skilled service in every corner of the world.
The critical differentiator between On Demand Community and other outlets for general volunteerism is the professional, high-value nature of the services that IBMers contribute. The greater IBM community is educated, innovative, technically sophisticated and steeped in a culture of values that encourages and enables service. When we say that service is part of IBM’s DNA, we mean that responsibility and service are baked into the cake — not just icing on the top. Coming from that perspective, when IBMers serve, they deliver value that is essential, lasting and scalable.
IBM Volunteer Excellence Awards
There is no greater testament to the importance of service at IBM than the legacy of the IBM Volunteer Excellence Awards — annual recognition from IBM’s president, chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty of individuals and teams who have personified our culture of service through their selfless actions. Celebrated since 2005, the awards for 2016 recognized IBM volunteers who…
Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign
In Canada and the United States, the IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC) raised $25.4 million in pledges from employees, executives and retirees. Through the ECCC, active IBMers can contribute to the charitable organizations of their choice through payroll deductions, with many contributions matched in whole or in part by the company. The greater IBM community has contributed more than $1 billion to worthy causes via the ECCC program.
IBM Community Grants
Totaling more than $4 million in 2016, IBM Community Grants support organizations and schools where current and retired IBMers are providing skills-based volunteer service. Last year’s grant recipients included:
IBM Apps for Social Good
IBM Apps for Social Good is a portfolio of mobile applications designed to help nonprofit organizations address their critical needs, and the needs of their clients. Typically developed by local IBM teams in collaboration with an NGO partner, these apps reside on IBM’s Cloud for Social Good. Through this program, IBM and our partners are developing signature apps that can be used by NGOs around the world. For example: