Apple and its employees have raised more than $880 million in charitable giving for nearly 44,000 groups all over the world since the Employee Giving program started 11 years ago, the company said Thursday.
As part of that, more than 76,000 Apple workers have put in over 2.1 million volunteer hours. Apple matches employee giving and volunteer hours with donations, too, in addition to its corporate grants to organizations.
Apple Employee Giving program has raised more than $880 million since 2011
Apple and its employees contribute to organizations and communities around the world, Apple said. That includes volunteer engagements, local grants supporting food banks, professional mentoring, environmental cleanup events and more.
Apple gave several examples by region:
Earlier this year, Apple launched a two-to-one matching program for all employee donations to organizations helping support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The company also contributed directly to groups on the ground, including World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit founded by chef José Andrés that provides meals for people in crisis. Since February 25, the day after the invasion, WCK has served more than 177 million meals across eight countries in the region.
Among other engagements, teams there have volunteered for the last five years at the Field of Dreams, a three-acre horticultural site operated by Down Syndrome Ireland. In 2022, volunteer engagement is up more than 250 percent year over year, with 850 volunteers completing more than 2,000 hours with the organization.
Apple continues its 16-year partnership with the Global Fund through the (PRODUCT)RED campaign, which has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars to help in the fight to end AIDS. Those efforts support dozens of organizations across the region, including the Zanzibar Association for People with HIV/AIDS (ZAPHA+), which has cared for thousands of children living with HIV through counseling and support groups.
This year Apple expanded its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to the country. The initiative supports a variety of organizations advancing equity in the country’s Indigenous community, including ID. Know Yourself. Founded by Isaiah Dawe in 2019, the nonprofit helps support and mentor young members of the Aboriginal community who are in foster or out-of-home care.
Apple Store team member Elyn Tang has volunteered throughout the year with organizations that clean up local rivers and help families who have children with disabilities.
The organization Rise Against Hunger hosted multiple meal-packaging events at Apple campuses in Bengaluru and Hyderabad that collectively put together over 30,000 meals.
Members of Sankakusha — a nonprofit that helps young adults struggling with isolation — were connected with professionals in the fields of photography and videography for a five-week course [through Creative Studios] that culminated with each participant presenting their creative work.
Across the globe, Today at Apple expanded its Creative Studios program, which partners with community organizations, mentors, and Apple Store teams to offer career-building creative experiences.
Working for the environment
On the environmental justice and climate change fronts, Apple gave grants to environmental justice organizations in 2022. They include the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, the Native Conservancy and UPROSE.
And more than 1,300 Apple team members took part in in dozens of cleanups and other environmental efforts worldwide.
One such employee is Apple Store team member Sandra Maranhão. In addition to environmental work, she volunteers with organizations that raise awareness around prostate cancer, help those living on the streets and support young people in Rio de Janeiro.
“Volunteering is very fulfilling — that feeling of paying back to others what has been given to me is priceless,” said Maranhão, an Expert at Apple VillageMall. “It’s one of the best things about working at Apple; it gives me time so that I can contribute to my community.”
“There’s a phrase that’s part of our credo about making the world a better place, and this is something that guides me,” she added. “I want the Earth to be as beautiful as it is today for when my children grow up, and we can all do our part to make that possible.”