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is working to make a difference in the nonprofit community and recognizes that
their software is used by the community for creative expression and social
software donation programs through TechSoup help organizations design
powerful print collateral, create video accounts of their successes, build their
web presence, and more.
addition to their main donation program of current-version software, Adobe’s
Special Donation Program offers limited-quantity or non-current
versions of products to a wider range of organizations. See how nonprofits like
yours are benefiting
from their donated products and services, and creating professional-quality
their software donation programs, Adobe’s social responsibility efforts are
divided into two programs: one driven by the Adobe Foundation and one by the
Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility team. In line with the design, drawing,
and multimedia editing tools that form the backbone of Adobe, they invest in
organizations that are addressing arts and creativity, education, and youth
Adobe Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation created and funded by Adobe
to drive social change and improve the communities in which Adobe employees
live and work. The Foundation funds a community
grants program designed to support nonprofit programs and organizations of Adobe’s
choosing that they believe help make those communities stronger. The
Foundation's community grants program has two focus areas:
Launched in 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is designed to provide youth
in underserved areas with the critical skills they need to become active and
engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The Adobe
Foundation invests nearly US$7 million per year in the Adobe Youth Voices program,
primarily through training, educational resources, and grants. The program
empowers 12- to 18-year-olds to express their opinions and perspectives about
issues important to them through photography, sound, video, and digital art.
The Adobe Foundation believes in the
power of sharing the youth-generated media and perspectives of Adobe
students with a global audience. The Foundation does this through the Adobe Youth Voices Film Gallery where they host film, video, and
animation created by young people from around the globe. They also expand their
reach through partnerships and activities with organizations such as Human
Rights Watch International, PBS Foundation, Peapod Foundation, and local film
festivals, among others.
The Youth Voices global network
currently includes more than 500 sites and a large, expanding number of
grantees and organizations in 32 countries. December is Human Rights Month, and
it inspired some great work. Check out some of the recent entries:
Adobe — through its Corporate
Responsibility Team — offers several ways for their employees to engage with
and give back to the community. The CS team hosts opportunities for employees
to participate in planned community service days, and run a robust Matching
Gifts and Dollars for Doers program to enhance their employees’ volunteerism
and charitable giving.
Adobe also partners with their
nonprofit grantees to create programs for employees looking to offer volunteer
hours and specialized help, like technical and artistic know-how. By doing
this, they can direct funding and people to the areas they’re trying to
improve. Adobe also fosters larger employee-run volunteer activities such as
the Adobe in Action committee, which plans and manages volunteer projects around
the world, and Adobe’s Green Team, an employee led group that organizes
environmental initiatives and volunteer projects for fellow employees.
To learn more about Adobe’s social
betterment efforts, check out their corporate responsibility and philanthropy pages
and 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility
to hear more about the corporate social responsibility efforts of other TechSoup
donor partners? See how Adobe, SAP,
Corps like BetterWorld and Azavea are
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You can also go here: forums.techsoup.org/.../csr to see an ongoing roundup of TechSoup donor partners' corporate social responsibility efforts.
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