Apple is today celebrating a “landmark year of giving” for the company.
Apple says its Employee Giving Program celebrated its biggest year this year, reads a new press release from the Cupertino company. The company’s volunteers made up the largest corporate team participating in 2020.
For every hour an employee volunteers or dollar they donate, Apple matches that with a monetary donation to the same organization. Since the program’s inception in 2011, Apple employees have raised almost $600 million USD in total donations — including more than 1.6 million hours volunteered — for more than 34,000 organizations.
This is on top of the corporate donations Apple’s Community Investment team makes each year to nonprofits around the world, including Feeding America, FIRST, Malala Fund, Simplon, and many others. Apple is also investing in a multimillion-dollar annual grant program geared toward supporting organizations in communities where Apple teams live and work, including food banks, health and social services, youth art programs, and more.
The release further highlights specific causes the company has supported, such as the British Red Cross’s Miles for Refugees event in London that raised over £2 million, and projects like the Caritas of Austin scheme in Texas:
In Austin, Texas, home to Apple’s largest campus outside of Cupertino, California, the organization Caritas of Austin works with people who are experiencing or are in danger of experiencing homelessness. From March to September 2020, it helped house 30 percent more individuals and families compared to the same time last year; such help included providing financial support to many who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
This holiday season, Apple is donating an additional $5 million to support an array of global organizations that are helping families and communities worldwide weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic — from hunger relief to medical care.