Many people want to support their communities or causes they care about, but don’t have the time or extra funds to donate or even know where to start. Luckily, there are companies—like the ones on this list—that take the guesswork out of giving back through initiatives like their own foundations or charitable funds, employee volunteer programs, or generous donation matching.
The employers below come from a variety of industries, yet they are all dedicated to giving back to their communities. The software company Atlassian, for example, donates 1% of its equity, profit, employee time, and products to its own foundation, which has received more than $54 million and 200,000 hours volunteered since it was established. And Nike collaborates with more than 200 organizations around the world to bring sports-based programs to young people that aim to address inequality.
While searching for jobs at the below companies, make sure to check out their profiles on The Muse, which shed light on their missions and culture. You’ll also hear from real employees, such as Terron Browne, a project manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “If you're interested in healthcare, there's a lot of opportunity, regardless of what your specific functional interest might be,” he says. “The ability to move from interest to interest and still be able to make an impact and work with great people is typical at MSK.”
Keep reading to learn more about how these businesses are giving back to their communities and empowering employees—which could be you!—to make a difference.
Be the change you seek is one of Atlassian’s five core values, which has had a huge influence on how the company approaches giving back. It created the Atlassian Foundation to tackle disadvantages on a global scale and in its own backyards because it is passionate about helping impact-driven organizations do more and dream bigger. As a company, it contributes 1% of its equity, profit, employee time, and products to the Foundation. This amounts to more than $54 million donated, over 200,000 hours volunteered, and more than 133,000 free or deeply-discounted product licenses provided to nonprofits. The Foundation is a special part of the Atlassian experience, empowering employees to use their talent, time, and tools to be the change they seek in the world.
2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
MSK is the world’ s oldest and largest private institution devoted to the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Founded in 1884, MSK has long been a leader in early detection, precise diagnosis, and individually tailored treatments for cancer. We continue to drive innovations as one of 52 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment. MSK has a foundation/charitable fund and partnerships with nonprofits. There are also volunteer programs that employees can regularly participate in.
3. NIKE, Inc.
Across Nike, Jordan, and Converse, the company is creating a future where everyone has what they need to succeed—starting in the cities where employees live, work, and play. From the Black Community Commitment to the Inclusive Community program, Nike’s investments are designed to strengthen communities. In collaboration with more than 200 organizations around the world, the company is bringing research-backed, inclusive play- and sport-based programs to the next generation, leveling the playing field and addressing inequality.
4. Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing and accessories available for purchase worldwide through company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. Gap has a foundation/charitable fund and partnerships with nonprofits. There are also volunteer programs that employees can regularly participate in, and employees receive annual time off to give back.
5. Selfhelp Community Services
Through home health care, affordable housing, and social services, Selfhelp serves more than 25,000 older and vulnerable New Yorkers each year while remaining the largest provider of comprehensive services to Holocaust survivors in North America. Its overarching goal is helping its community live with dignity and independence. Selfhelp has a foundation/charitable fund and partnerships with nonprofits.
6. Macquarie Group
Macquarie provides opportunities for its staff to use their skills pro bono, and it has programs that enable employees to take board-leading roles for charitable organizations. In addition, Macquarie matches employees’ charitable donations up to a specific dollar amount. Every year for a week, the Macquarie Group Foundation will doubles its employee matching for all funds raised in that time period.
Diageo is a proud supporter of Packages From Home, whose primary purpose is to provide food, personal care, and other items to deployed American servicemen and women from every branch of the military, while simultaneously supporting the needs of military working/service dogs and veterans who have returned home. Every year, Diageo offices dedicate a day for team members to support this cause by putting together care packages.
Through the Broadridge Foundation, the company directs resources to charitable causes, develops community-focused action plans, and provides donation-matching, among other efforts. To support its associates’ community involvement and participation in volunteer-related activities, Broadridge offers up to three days annually of paid time off for eligible activities. Through local Volunteer Councils, Broadridge associates take on leadership roles to coordinate volunteer opportunities, connect with the community, increase employee engagement, and promote teamwork. Examples include packing meals for students who would otherwise go hungry outside of school, improving and beautifying homes for those in need, and mentoring students at local high schools. Broadridge’s Matching Gift Program makes a dollar-for-dollar match up to $3,000 (or country equivalent) annually to help employees leverage their personal contributions to nonprofit organizations globally.
9. Exact Sciences
Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable, and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Visa has a foundation/charitable fund and partnerships with nonprofits. The company also provides employees with annual time off to give back and there are volunteer programs that employees can regularly participate in.
11. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
As part of its humanity focus, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is committed to giving back and connecting with the community. It is proud to support many charitable organizations including those focused on equitable healthcare access for all, anti-discrimination, and economic access. At any given time, you might find Ironwoodians collecting for food pantries, supporting disaster relief, sponsoring local nonprofits, or supporting a charity walk for GI patients.
12. PitchBook Data
PitchBook Data Inc. treats its customers like royalty, and the company believes its communities deserve the same. That is why PitchBook volunteers its time, expertise, and financial resources to help build a future for the communities where employees live and work. PitchBook Cares provides opportunities for employees to make a difference in the world by aligning to three key pillars: education, equity, and community. Employees can unite together for regular volunteer projects, donate to nonprofits they are personally passionate about, and help make the world a better place.
Giving back has been core to Bombas’ DNA since the very beginning, when the brand’s “One Purchased = One Donated” model was founded to provide clothing to the homeless community. Today, the brand has a dedicated Giving Team that supports a network of 3,500+ Giving Partners across the U.S. This team connects regularly with Giving Partners to not only ensure the thoughtful distribution of Bombas donation products, but also to build relationships and gain insights that foster its commitment to education, compassion, and spreading awareness around those who experience homelessness. Initiatives like its recently released impact report focus on transparency around the Giving Team’s mission.
Signify is committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates. Through the Signify Foundation, it supports developing and disaster-affected regions with access to light. Sustainable lighting technology can help extend a productive day for those living in off- or partial grid communities, develop community members’ technical and business skills, and aid workers delivering care or supplies after nightfall when a humanitarian crisis strikes. Signify also encourages employees to volunteer to further contribute to the company’s purpose of creating “Brighter Lives and a Better World.” For example, employees have given their time to educate the next generation on the value of energy efficiency and support local sustainability efforts.
Pax8 is the leading value-added cloud-based SaaS distributor, simplifying the cloud journey for our partners by integrating technology, business intelligence, and proactive service to deliver an unparalleled experience. Pax8 has partnerships with nonprofits, offers volunteer programs that employees can regularly participate in, and provides employees with annual time off to give back.
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16. Palo Alto Networks
Making a meaningful difference and uplifting communities is core to Palo Alto Networks’ vision of a world that is safe and secure. The company’s signature social impact program is focused on diversifying the talent pipeline, which it achieves through mentorship programs and lessons for youth. Its SMILE program enables volunteerism and charitable giving, including matching of up to $1,000 per employee per calendar year. Employees are encouraged to volunteer in teams, supported by up to $1,500 per group for volunteer-related expenses. The company provides charitable funding to all of its Employee Network Groups so that they can invest in organizations that serve their communities. It holds annual drives for key causes such as hunger and back-to-school, and when disaster strikes, Palo Alto Networks supports those impacted, often with special matching (above $1,000). All new hires receive $25 in charitable rewards to help get them started on their philanthropic journey. Finally, the company collects employee e-waste, which is donated to its partners at Human-I-T to help communities in need.
Serving people is not just one of Protective’s values; it is deeply embedded in its corporate DNA. The company is committed to improving the quality of life of its local communities and collaborating with others in order to create the greatest possible impact. The Protective Life Foundation represents Protective’s unwavering investment in supporting organizations that address and help solve a wide spectrum of issues, including creating green spaces and enriching cultural and artistic venues, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life for citizens, neighborhoods, and the environment. Each year, through financial contributions and volunteer hours, the Foundation reaches and actively serves hundreds of nonprofits.
Since its founding in 1998 by two computer science students in a university dorm room, Google has grown by leaps and bounds, with thousands of employees and offices around the world. And while a lot has changed since the first Google search engine appeared, some things haven’t: Google’s dedication to its users and its belief in the possibilities of the Internet itself. Google has a charitable fund and partnerships with nonprofits, as well as volunteer programs that employees can regularly participate in and a donation matching program.
Axios highly encourages its employees to be active in the communities they live and work in. Beginning in 2022, it partnered with Millie and provided a CSR platform for employees to log and track their volunteer and donation efforts. Axios also regularly participates in blood drives, tech drives, and back-to-school supply drives. It has partnered with groups like Project Helping and Pathforward during its last two company-wide retreats, where employees helped make more than 700 kits for essential workers, LGBTQIA youth, and women’s care.
Caring for its communities is an important part of CarMax’s culture and a pillar of its “put people first” value. The company gives back because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s important to its associates. CarMax helps associates give back by matching their donations of time and money, coordinating volunteer opportunities, and fostering a culture of giving. Together, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation have invested $100 million in support of causes important to its associates. CarMax also has ongoing and long-term partnerships with several national nonprofits, including KABOOM!, Points of Light, The Mission Continues, and Good 360.
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