The holidays are here and millions of Americans begin to take time to think about what we are thankful for, our focus may shift to the ways in which we give back to enrich the lives of others. From working a food bank or mentoring underprivileged youth or cleaning up neighborhoods, there are so many ways to give back around the holidays.
But what if serving others is more than just a seasonal hobby for you? What if you want the work you do daily to be amplified by giving 365 days a year?
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Many companies invest in social responsibility and philanthropy as a core part of their mission. Volunteering every now and then is a foreign concept for many who have woven community building into the fiber of every aspect of the business, from finance to operations.
Sound like the kind of place you want to put in 40+ hours a week? You’re in luck— they’re hiring.
Here are 11 companies who are passionate about philanthropy and looking for talent like you. Apply now!
Company Rating: 4.2
How They Give Back: Salesforce.org is based on a simple idea: leverage Salesforce’s technology, people, and resources to help improve communities around the world. They call this integrated philanthropic approach the 1-1-1 model because it started with a commitment to leverage 1% of Salesforce’s technology, people, and resources to improve communities around the world. Salesforce employees have the flexibility to decide when, where and for what cause they volunteer. Here’s how they empower our employees: Seven days of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) per fiscal year, $10,000 grant to each of the top 100 volunteers each fiscal year to donate to the nonprofit of their choice, and access to Team Grants to support employee volunteer activities.
What Employees Say: “Salesforce has a great culture and it’s a company at which many employees feel proud to work . There’s a real sense that we’re making a difference both in our industry and through our philanthropy. The company is relentlessly focused on growth and anyone who has worked at place with 25% growth year after year after year, knows that there are growing pains. Pros: Innovative company where ideas are given credence, 1-1-1 model is real and matters to most people, and very smart, self-starting, motivated coworkers.” — Current employee
Company Rating: 4.3
How They Give Back: Known best for being the place that millions of people, businesses and communities build software, GitHub launch its Social Impact team in 2015 to formalize how it supports social good initiatives. Soon after, GitHub announced a partnership with the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that will equip low-income homes with affordable and free broadband wireless internet access. “ConnectHome” will pilot in 27 cities and one tribal nation in the US including Newark, Seattle, Atlanta, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, providing broadband access, technical training, coding education, and devices for residents in assisted housing. This included $3 million in free private repositories for participants; $500,000 in financial support; and 4,000 hours in volunteer time to train, coach, and mentor those who want to build a career in software development.
What Employees Say: “Company with heart. Products that matter. Better decision-making process than most companies. Pros: Incredibly autonomy, remote work, fantastic product and company mission, things you work on are used by millions, great benefits and pay, very strong long-term prospects, and leadership who cares about creating great things.” —Current employee
Company Rating: 4.6
How They Give Back: Called the “hottest non-profit on the planet” by FORTUNE magazine and a Top 50 Website by TIME, Kiva is the world’s first personal micro-lending marketplace with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. In just 8 years, Kiva has raised over $500 million for more than 1 million borrowers in 73 countries. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with an intense focus on alleviating poverty and serving the borrower-to-lender connection. Kiva is poised to take its initial success to a whole new level – targeting $1 billion in loans by 2017 and continued expansion into new areas (e.g. student loans, water, mobile, etc.). Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva’s team has 100+ employees and 500+ volunteers worldwide.
What Employees Say: “A non-profit that is also a tech company makes for a nice blend. Kiva is open to innovation and change in a way that is very different from other non-profits I’ve worked at. Working amongst so many awesome mission-driven people is definitely the highlight. It is also a very open and trusting workplace which allows for the flexibility to balance work with the rest of your life.” —Current employee
Company Rating: 3.3
How They Give Back: The HP Foundation makes strategic investments to create opportunities in underserved communities and transform education, and when disaster strikes, we help affected communities recover more quickly. Each year HP employees receive a $25 credit to loan to Kiva borrowers, who then use the money to buy essentials such as tools, livestock, and supplies. More than 152,000 Hewlett-Packard Company employees took part through October 2015 and many employees made additional personal donations. This resulted in more than 345,000 loans, an average of 2.3 per employee participant. Combined with HP Foundation contributions, entrepreneurs received more than $9.8 million in loans through October, 2015. HP LIFE is available in seven languages and used in more than 200 countries and territories. It offers 25 e-learning micro courses in core business areas including operations, marketing, finance, and communications.
What Employees Say: “Offered good benefits, encouraged participating in community events, matched charitable giving contributions (capped amount), encouraged to attend seminars to continue learning about field of expertise and stay up-to-date.” —Former manager
Company Rating: 3.5
How They Give Back: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation funds nonprofit organizations and public agencies that support our charitable goals. The foundation’s primary philanthropic focus centers on K–12 public education and community improvement. Within these areas, Lowe’s Foundation is committed to supporting projects that have the greatest impact on our communities and align with our core business—home improvement. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has contributed nearly $25 million to more than 5,400 schools in the United States. In 2010, with schools and community groups continuing to face financial challenges, Lowe’s Foundation again focused on basic needs. The foundation gave more than $2.5 million in regional grants to fund a variety of improvements for schools and community gathering places.
What Employees Say: “Working at Lowe’s was very satisfying because the great sense of community and the vast amounts of knowledge you can obtain. Management did an excellent job of assisting in anyway possible. They were also very good about acknowledging hard work.” —Former employee
Company Rating: 3.8
How They Give Back: The Shell Foundation tackles global development challenges at scale through enterprise solutions. Shell Foundation works to tackle the social, environmental and market barriers that stop nearly three billion people around the world (who survive on less than $2.50 a day) from accessing opportunities to earn income, improve their quality of life and escape the poverty trap. Their aim is to apply entrepreneurial thinking to catalyze new ways to deliver lasting public benefit and to spur inclusive economic growth in developing countries. Shell views the poor not as victims but as consumers facing hard choices. This means working to create social enterprises with ground-breaking technologies and services that deliver social, environmental and economic value to low-income consumers at a price they can afford.
What Employees Say: “A very solid, mature and reliable company where you can gain a lot of knowledge and develop in different disciplines. Comply, Intervene and Respect are the most important rules and are being followed by all staff from high to low.” —Current employee
7. Gilead Sciences
Company Rating: 3.2
How They Give Back: The Gilead Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2005, seeks to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities around the world. Their giving focuses on expanding access to HIV and hepatitis education, outreach, prevention and health services. Gilead recognizes that patients and communities often face challenges in accessing the best possible care, and they know that passion for scientific discovery alone — and that Gilead alone — cannot solve these challenges. This is why, Gilead works with organizations across all our therapeutic areas, partnering to advance the goals of their giving mission: to improve health access, eliminate the barriers to healthcare encountered by underserved populations, advance education among healthcare professionals and support the local communities in which we operate.
What Employees Say: “Meaningful job by bringing the best medicines to the market in short time frame and enabling quality of life for patients.” —Current associate scientist
8. Teach for America
Company Rating: 3.8
How They Give Back: Teach for America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of the nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 8,800 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.
What Employees Say: “This role allows you to inspire and make a difference in the lives of future teachers. Not only do you get to advocate and educate people on educational inequity in the US but you build relationships with potential applicants who go on to become teachers and impact students across the country. Very rewarding position.”—Former recruitment manager
9. John Deere
Company Rating: 3.8
How They Give Back: Throughout their history, John Deere has helped our customers meet the challenge of feeding the world through advanced products and services. As global population and the demand for food continues to grow, they are focused on enabling farmers in developing countries to boost their productivity. As a result, their Citizenship work aspires to transform under-resourced agricultural communities in developing countries through distinctive and sustainable solutions for world hunger. Specifically, John Deere supports projects in the areas of farmer training, value-chain enhancement, and water access and use.
What Employees Say: “I worked at Deere as an intern and full time for a total of 6.5 years and I must say this is an amazing company to work for; the work you do has real meaning, you’re connected with the customer, and you get to work with a great cross-functional team. Overall, Deere as a company has wonderful culture and ethics. Advice to Management: Listen to your employees, they’re the greatest resource you have and know what changes need to be made to advance the business.” —Former electrical engineer
10. City of Hope
Company Rating: 3.6
How They Give Back: Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Our role as leaders in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit is widely acknowledged. City of Hope continues to be a pioneer of patient-centered care and remains committed to its tradition of exceptional care for patients, families and communities. Each day, they live out the City of Hope credo: “There is no profit in curing the body, if, in the process, we destroy the soul.”
What Employees Say: “Great team of doctors and nurses. High-quality care for patients is their top priority. Definitely exceeds in innovative research to produce state of the art cancer treatments that are producing great outcomes for patients in both quality and quantity of life.” —Current registered nurse
11. California Pizza Kitchen
Company Rating: 3.6
How They Give Back: California Pizza Kitchen is committed to doing good in the communities they serve and determined to make a real difference through FUNdraisers, In-kind Donations, and the CPK Foundation, which has donated more than $3 million to charity organizations. Partnering with Make-A-Wish® as their national charity, CPK hosts local events supporting this amazing charity so that they can continue to put a smile on children’s faces locally and across the nation.
What Employees Say: “Great Management. Very flexible job, and schedule. More of a sales job for catering, and with non-profits, church organizations and schools for fundraisers. Interacted with customers a lot in store as well.” —Former community brand ambassador