Top Bay Area businesses don't just keep an eye on the bottom line, they look out for opportunities to help those less fortunate within their local and global communities. Whether it's a helping hand to a homeless person or a donation to the Red Cross in times of natural disaster, these award-winning companies put words into action.
A non-profit that provides before- and after-school programs for K-5 students, Kids' Country is planning a Center for the Arts and Sciences that will provide instruction in science, math, art, culinary arts, music and theatre. "The facility will be one-of-a-kind and will truly be a jewel in the Tri-valley," said Stacy Litteral, associate executive director.
Brookfield Residential Northern California is passionate about HomeAid of Northern California. Recently, the company participated in the remodel of the kitchen at the Teen Challenge Shelter in San Jose. They also donated furniture from their model homes to HomeAid, which distributes to local shelters.
At Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group, physicians are "passionate about community outreach and education." They developed tumor educational seminars that are free and open to the public including vital information on breast, colon and lung cancer.
In the past year, dedicated FedEx employees have donated volunteer hours in support of numerous community projects in the Bay Area, including Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
At Nimble Storage, executives and employees are passionate about environmental awareness, providing entrepreneurial skills to inner city youth and programs that tackle homelessness and hunger in the Bay Area head-on.
AVer Information Inc. Americas president Arthur Pait believes in the importance of kids, education and campus safety. AVer provides educators with the tools to engage students through technology. One example: AVer partnered with Troxell Communications to rebuild schools affected by Hurricane Katrina and made technology donations to help in the greening of Greensburg.
As a world leader in data-centric encryption, Voltage Security solutions are used by enterprises worldwide. Voltage gives back through food drives for the Second Harvest Food Bank, fundraising for cystic fibrosis research, gifts to children in need and support for local schools and organizations focused on children.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been providing families with affordable family fun at the beach since 1907. Company president Charles Canfield is passionate about supporting young people in the Santa Cruz community. The company's biggest fundraiser is Drive For Schools, co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Auto Dealers. Participating schools keep every dollar they raise, to spend however they choose.
SAP America, a global information technology leader, helped at least 1,000 nonprofits in 2014 with SAP solutions.
Investment management firm Loring Ward has made contributions to Hillel of Silicon Valley, Habitat for Humanity and local food banks. CEO Alex Potts is passionate about investor education. He commissioned free, online educational videos to help Americans make smarter decisions with their money.
Weber Shandwick recently participated in the holiday Adopt-a-Family program in which they purchased gifts for a family in need. On Earth Day 2014, employees volunteered to clean a local park, part of the company's larger commitment to environmentalism.
Baynote Inc. provides employees with one paid day a year to volunteer for an organization of their choice. Last holiday the company "adopted" a family in need, participated in the food and clothing drive at the Sacred Heart Community Service and contributed to the Philippines tsunami rescue aid through CARE.
John F. Jones, executive director of Contra Costa Child Care Council, and his entire team are focused on promoting quality care and early education for young children. Now in its 38th year, its goal is to keep parents working and create positive outcomes for children. "Our passion is to help improve the lives of children and families with a focus on quality child care, kindergarten readiness, child health and nutrition, and supporting children with special needs," said Jones.
Solvay - Martinez provided the initial endowment for the Martinez Community Foundation that provides community-based grants. The focus is on early childhood education and youth sports as a way to educate and keep kids focused. Employees Breast Cancer.
There are numerous ways that xMatters Inc. is involved in supporting its employees and the community, but they prefer to focus on one cause at a time. Past causes include the Pajama Program, which provides children in foster care with pajamas and books, so they can have the same bedtime stories and experiences as other children.
GoDaddy's GoVolunteer program allows employees to support a charity of their choice. Employees receive two paid days off per year to give time to a cause that's special to them. Employees can also earn grants for their charities of choice.
Harlan McHugh, executive manager/partner at Frontier Infiniti, gives from the company's checkbook, and also from his own. His band called ALSO raises money at such events as the Saint Christopher's Parish Festival. Employees support Toys for Tots and the Second Harvest Food Bank drives.
ServiceMax leverages its flexible time-off policy to allow and encourage employees to use their time to support organizations of their choice and within their local community.
Leadership roles in local service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs are trademarks of theCalifornia Water Service Company (Cal Water). The Cal Water Cares Committee sponsors a Share Your Lunch event through the Second Harvest Food Bank and a Family Giving Tree to collect gifts for children, elderly and homeless at Christmas.
Nelson Family of Companies' founder Gary D. Nelson models the way he likes employees to participate in the community by his own actions. He and his wife established the Gary and Marcia Nelson Community Care Fund and Endowment to support emergency room services in the Sonoma Valley and have spearheaded efforts to open and support public charter schools.
WilmerHale's commitment to pro bono and community service stretches back to the earliest days. "We are thrilled that, for a second consecutive year, our Palo Alto office has made the list as a Top Workplace in the Bay Area," said Mark Selwyn, partner-in-charge of the Palo Alto office.
Insurance consulting firm Sequoia supports the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto and has sponsored employees in the annual Ride for Ravenswood fundraiser. All employees support the Second Harvest Food Drive, local coat collections, disaster food and supply drives and sponsor families during the holidays.
Community programs are built around the passions of its employees at Workday which supports causes ranging from men's health (Movember) to animal welfare (local shelters). Workday employees can request a 1:1 match for charitable donations up to $1,000 per year. Seventy Workday employees recently volunteered in the March Project Homeless Connect. CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri also have extensive philanthropic interests.
Valassis is a leader in intelligent media delivery, known for its "Have You Seen Me?" missing child program. Of the more than 3,000 children featured in this photo program, nearly 1,700 have been recovered through this and other efforts. Valassis supports the community service organization, Viola Blythe, located in Newark.
Coupons.com Incorporated worked with Second Harvest Food Bank last year to secure thousands of meals for Bay Area families in need. The company is a Gold Sponsor of Second Harvest's Stand Up for Kids Campaign, an initiative to protect children at risk for hunger. In partnership with InnVision Shelter Network, more than 350 employees helped renovate shelters to make them feel more like home.
Hassett Ace Hardware strives to be a community center as well as a helpful hardware store. The Willow Glen store team helped build a "Make A Wish" stage at Leigh High School in San Jose, while the Palo Alto store team is involved in Repair Cafe, which hosts a regular free community fix-it day.
One Workplace supports a large number of organizations including 19 for Life, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Blue Star Moms, Sacred Heart Nativity and Cristo. Many employees will walk the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in July. The company focuses on supporting the less fortunate, children in need and cancer research.
At Synaptics Incorporated, employees participate in charitable events including the San Jose Turkey Trot which benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Summer Scamper 5K/10K, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K and Turning Wheels for Kids which provides bikes to underprivileged children.
Jeff Lyon, chairman and CEO of Kidder Mathews, is passionate about charities and the arts. Recently, the company matched funds from employees for a coat drive for Family Supportive Housing, The company supports more than 30 local organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.
In 2011, Pet Food Express began sponsoring the annual Bay Area Pet Fair and Adopt-a-Thon at the Marin Center in San Rafael, which has helped some 1,700 animals find new homes, The company donates food and kitty litter to local shelters, provides protective gear to police K-9s and pays for medical care for retired police dogs.
Sofitel San Francisco Bay partners with Community Gatepath, which provides employment opportunities for the disabled. The hotel currently employs eight Community Gatepath workers. The hotel and its employees also organize fundraising events for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Wounded Warriors.
As a nonprofit serving children, youth and families in the East Bay, Lincoln Child Center promotes the resiliency of children and youth impacted by poverty and community violence. Lincoln has served the community for 131 years, focusing on children and youth in foster care, probation and in public and charter schools.
Spansion Inc. believes that the well-being of the communities in which they work directly relates to the success of the company. Worldwide, the company has three focus areas: Education, Basic Needs and Community Development. In 2013, employees around the world spent some 7,000 hours volunteering to support more than 40 organizations.
OSIsoft LLC social responsibility program is twofold: Through the Charitable Giving Benefit, employees donate to causes of their choice which OSIsoft matches up to $500 annually; the Volunteer Time Off policy allows employees to take up to three days off work to volunteer for a nonprofit of their choice including local schools, Alameda County Food Bank, San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Habitat for Humanity.
On a national level, Aerotek is involved with the Special Olympics, Boys Hope-Girls Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Year-Up, Back on My Feet and Ronald McDonald House charities. Its more than 200 local offices also participate in others charitable endeavors.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, Hologic has two offices that take advantage of the area's abundance of high tech engineers and scientists. Together. Hologic offices donate about $5,000 each year to the Silicon Valley March of Dimes.
MuleSoft employees are encouraged to volunteer and devote time to a project or cause that is meaningful to them. One example is Curry Without Worry, a nonprofit organization that passes out food to the homeless at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
The ABD Team is as passionate about community service as it is about professional service. President Kurt de Grosz serves on the board of Peninsula Family Service and CEO Brian Hetherington is a board member for Rebuilding Together and the Mission YMCA. In May, ABD worked with the local amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) organization to bring children for a day at the San Francisco Zoo.
Last summer, Intacct Corporation participated in Family Giving Tree's Back-to-School Drive by donating backpacks full of school supplies. The company sent care packages with personalized thank-you letters to U.S. military members through Operation Gratitude. The company also donates to Second Harvest Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Biopharmaceutical company Medivation Inc. employees give back to the community through volunteering with local nonprofits and supporting philanthropic organizations through sponsorship and advocacy of prostate cancer events.
Social responsibility is a core value at HFS credit union. "We are committed to providing exceptional value to clients in need and to support our community through pro bono service or other material ways." Every year, the company budgets approximately 15 percent of its profits to community involvement.
Fremont Bank will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year by awarding more than $1 million in charitable contributions to 156 local nonprofits. "Our success and generosity these last 50 years are made possible by our long-standing relationships with clients, including our nonprofit partners," said Marie-Pascale Peterson, director of community outreach.
Last year, about 100 teammates and family members from DaVita kidney care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, supported the San Francisco and Silicon Valley National Kidney Foundation walks. "We serve more than 1,800 kidney patients in the San Jose and San Francisco area alone," said Amanda R. Copenhaver, M.P.H., a group facility administrator.
Hannah Kain founded ALOM Technologies in 1997, which is a Women's Business Enterprise National Council certified woman-owned business. ALOM employees donate time and resources for an annual food drive supporting Abode Services and the Sunrise Village homeless shelter. Staff organizes a toy drive during the holidays to support the Tri-Cities League of Volunteers and partnered with HOPE Services to provide job training to adults with developmental disabilities.
BKF Engineers has worked with Rebuilding Together Peninsula for 15 years and more recently with Rebuilding Together North Bay and East Bay. They have supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk since 2006 as well as the Avon Walk For Life breast cancer awareness event.
Each EORM Inc. office supports a local philanthropic effort. The local environmental consulting firm adopted local families; provided meals, social activities and entertainment at Ronald McDonald Houses; worked on coastal cleanups; supported local food banks; and worked in community gardens. "These are not only rewarding events, they are also wonderful times for team building and getting together with EORM family and friends."
NetSuite Inc. supports community efforts through NetSuite.org and its signature pro bono program, SuiteVolunteers. The company creates opportunities for employees to get involved in service through SuiteImpact Teams that includes partnerships with Meals on Wheels, Reach Out and Read, Second Harvest Food Bank and InnVision Shelter Networks.
Management at molecular diagnostics company Veracyte Inc. impacts by providing its product to patients who cannot afford it through a financial aid program. In addition, employees organize an annual community event: In 2013 the company partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to help support the food needs in the Bay Area.
"At VMware Inc. we believe in the idea of citizen philanthropy, which is at its essence the belief that everyone has something to contribute, " said CEO Pat Gelsinger. This approach is visible in the scope of global causes that employees support, including education, ending poverty, technology and the environment, a total of $4.6 million in social investments.
Quixey sponsors downtown Mountain View events such as the Oktoberfest and the Art & Wine festival. CEO Tomer Kagan grew up attending BBYO events and continues to be involved with the organization as a mentor and donor. He's passionate about the future of technology and sits on the board of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and is an advisor to Innovation Endeavors and the MuckerLab Seed Fund.
iD Tech CEO Pete Ingram-Cauchi and president and co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi have two key passions: Giving kids an advantage in technology and engineering and finding creative ways to improve the environment. "We want all students to have the chance to pursue their passions and develop skills to help them succeed," said Ingram-Cauchi. "We also need to ensure they have a healthy, green world to live in."
Christopher M. George established The CMG Foundation based on his desire to help severely wounded veterans and their families with the amenities needed to live a comfortable life. The foundation also contributes to cancer organizations to help patients and their families through education and a sense of community.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage exemplifies the term: Doing Well By Doing Good including supporting Habitat for Humanity. Over the past 15 years, the company's Community Foundation has raised approximately $2.5 million for Habitat for Humanity chapters in Northern California. The brokerage also supports local food banks, Toys for Tots and the One Warm Coat clothing drive each winter.
East Bay Agency for Children's mission is to build brighter futures for children, youth and their families. Executive director Josh Leonard has a long history of advocating for the needs of vulnerable youth in Alameda County with a particular passion for youth aging out of the foster care system.
Financial tech company Better Finance Inc. has a strong, multi-cultural environment with associates in Hungary, China, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Greece and South Africa. Its employees serve the community at holiday time by serving meals at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.
Mountz Inc. CEO Brad Mountz has a passion for inspiring his employees to give back to the community. This past holiday he challenged employees to participate in the Bill Wilson Center's Adopt-a-Family Holiday program. Mountz also donates Thanksgiving turkeys to the Bill Wilson Center, Second Harvest, San Jose Family Shelter, the Shelter for Battered Women and local churches. "I wish to give thanks to those that make Mountz a successful business with nearly 50 years under our belt," said Mountz.
James C Jenkins Insurance Service Inc. supports local children through Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Community Youth Center to name just some.
At Riverbed Technology, employees are involved with the food bank and ReachOut, serving disadvantaged youth. The company supports anti-poverty programs, natural disaster relief and at-risk youth.
Since its inception, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati believed that it was important to give back to the community. The firm organizes events throughout the year, including community restoration and clean-up projects, food and fundraising drives, back-to-school and holiday drives and adopt-a-family events.
Eventbrite boasts an employee-led group called Brite Impact which supports charities in the community and worldwide. They serve meals at local shelters and held a company-wide fundraiser to collect money for Charity Water: the well that the company funded broke ground recently in Ethiopia.
Community involvement is important to Del Grande Dealer Group. This year, the company partnered with Go Red for Women, Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart to combat homelessness. "The Top Workplaces award has been the most momentous honor of our careers," agreed owners Shaun and Kevan Del Grande.
McManis Faulkner is active in the community, supporting Adopt-A-Family Holiday Giving program, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Repertory Theatre and The Pajama Program.