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gives a lot back to the nonprofit and library community through
their donation program here at TechSoup — See what organizations
like yours are
saying about their donated Symantec products. Symantec also has
an abundance of other corporate social responsibility efforts going on as well.
As a company, they works to have a positive impact on the local communities around
the world where it has offices.
Symantec offers a generous Matching Gift Program — up to $1,000 per employee per year — and also rewards
sustained volunteerism by making a contribution to organizations where
employees volunteer their time through their Dollars for Doers Program. Many of us have worked at companies that offer a small form of gift matching, but Symantec's efforts to promote volunteerism push that to an even higher tier.
They donate $15 for every hour of volunteer service that an employee
contributes to a nonprofit, up to $1,000 a year, doing for employee volunteers
what their matching program does for employee philanthropists. They also use this to encourage employees taking part in nonprofit boards of directors — employees serving on
a nonprofit's board of directors can receive their annual Dollars for Doers
maximum in one lump sum without accounting for individual hours.
are underrepresented in the field of technology, and it’s a global problem. In
some parts of the world, enrollment of women in computer science programs is
even declining. To help, Symantec has sponsored programs aimed at getting more
women into and interested in science, computers, and engineering.
Symantec has made corporate grants
to the National
Center for Women & Information Technology and Vital Voices. NCWIT is an organization working
to improve diversity across the entire academic and corporate spectrum.
Voices identifies, invests in, and brings visibility to working women around
the world. Symantec’s grant is applied toward their Global Partnership Businesswomen’s
Network in the Middle East and North Africa. This program aims to expand the
number of women in business and promote a regional culture of women’s
way they’re helping is through the internal Symantec Women's Action Network (SWAN) — which has eleven chapters and 1,350 members — and is
designed to attract talented women and support their careers at Symantec. Learn more about Symantec’s programs
in promoting women in technology, gender equality, and diversity in hiring and
doesn’t just give back as a company — their employees are also a big part of
their worldwide philanthropy. Last year, Symantec employees donated $650,000 to
nonprofits and libraries in their local communities, as well as 19,000 hours of
In Alexandria and Herndon,
Virginia, Symantec employees, together with Team
Business, Girls in
Technology, and the Women
in Technology Education Foundation, organized and facilitated a business simulation for young
women to highlight the impact of technology on business and help them build
leadership and communication skills.
In Lindon, Utah, 50 employee volunteers planted trees that
Symantec donated to TreeUtah using its local Community Outreach funds. The trees were
planted around parking lots owned by the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in
order to cool the parking lots (which become mini "heat islands.")
The trees reduce the temperature of the asphalt by up to 36 degrees, and
temperatures inside parked cars by up to 47 degrees.
year, Symantec gave more than $22 million in cash and donated software to
schools, nonprofit organizations, and local communities. Education received
approximately 50 percent of Symantec’s dollars.
the next three years, Symantec is investing $900,000 in Room to Read, an
international nonprofit dedicated to promoting literacy and gender equality in
the developing world. Their support will help Room to Read extend its
operations into new parts of India and reach over 20,000 children. They’re also
strengthening their relationships with partners such as One Economy and
Common Sense Media.
security being at the center of what Symantec does, they also focus significant
resources on educating parents, schools, and students about staying safe on the
Internet. They have several programs to help raise awareness of Internet
threats—such as online predators and cyber-bullying—among school
administrators, teachers, librarians, and counselors. Read
more about these efforts on Symantec’s Securing Information page.
learn more about Symantec’s philanthropy, and to see some of the many programs
that have benefited from Symantec grants, programs and partnerships, check
out their corporate responsibility page.
to hear more about the corporate social responsibility efforts of other TechSoup
donor partners? See how SAP,
Corps like BetterWorld and Azavea are giving back.
Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager
What a heartening story! I particularly love how Symantec counts board seats among volunteer opportunities. I think people often forget that, in fact, holding a board seat is a form of volunteering. Moreover, many boards have a give-or-get requirement to hold the seat. This program really encourages those who may not be amazing fundraisers or have a lot of their own spare cash to seek out seats on nonprofit boards. Excellent!