UPS Leads United Way Campaign for 8th Consecutive Year
For the eighth year in a row, UPS (NYSE:UPS) and its employees have led the nation in supporting the annual United Way campaign.
The company, through The UPS Foundation, and its employees and retirees pledged $60.8 million to United Way during the 2007 campaign. In Atlanta, UPS’s corporate headquarters, employees donated more than $4.45 million.
In the 26 years that UPS has supported the United Way, the company and its employees have donated an astonishing $872 million.
“Year after year, through generous gifts and significant volunteer time, UPS and its employees demonstrate a commitment to community that is second to none,” said United Way of America President and CEO Brian Gallagher. “We’re very proud of our partnership with UPS because of our shared belief in philanthropy as a creator of success and positive sustainable change that ultimately improves lives.”
More than 246,000 UPS employees participated in 2007, contributing more than $52.8 million. The company’s contribution of $8 million through The UPS Foundation, combined with the employee contribution and retiree contributions still coming in, will bring UPS’s total donation amount to almost $61 million, or more than $1 million more than the 2006 contributions.
In addition to their financial contributions, UPS employees also volunteered their time and talents to their communities in 2007, donating more than 960,000 hours of time through Global Volunteer Week and UPS’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, a company-wide volunteer initiative that matches employees and their families with volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills and availability. UPS also donates loaned executives to several local United Way affiliates across the country.
“When Jim Casey started UPS in 1907, he established a company-wide passion for philanthropy and care for the communities that UPS delivers to on a daily basis,” said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. “In celebration of our centennial, we donated more hours and gave more money than ever before to United Way, honoring our roots and the thousands of communities UPS has touched over the past 100 years. We are so proud to have helped enrich the lives of others through our strong partnership with United Way.”
Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation has a tradition of providing support through grant programs and initiatives that help improve the quality of life in communities where UPS employees live and work. Last year, The Foundation donated nearly $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide.
As the world’s largest package delivery company and an employer of 425,300 worldwide, UPS is uniquely positioned to identify and address the urgent human needs of our communities. UPS’s human contributions are often coupled with financial donations made by The UPS Foundation. To find out more about UPS’s involvement in the community, visit www.community.ups.com.
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