HP Shares Wealth Abroad

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The Littleton Independent

By Britt Lake - Special to the Independent
LITTLETON, MA (January 21, 2004) — Hewlett Packard employees in the Littleton and Marlboro facilities helped train women teachers in Afghanistan, finance women entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe and build a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda - all without ever leaving their office.

Instead, they used GlobalGiving, HP's international option for employee giving, to show their support for international causes.

GlobalGiving's Corporate Program allows individuals to donate directly to international grassroots projects that match their giving preferences. After a successful pilot program in 2002, HP decided to make GlobalGiving a larger part of its 2003 employee-giving campaign.

"At HP, we are committed to providing innovative and positive ways for our employees to engage with the communities where we live and do business," said Debra Dunn, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at HP. "Through GlobalGiving, our employees are able to support international programs as easily as they would local community causes."

Employees can easily search GlobalGiving's www.globalgiving.org to find social or economic development projects that fit their particular interests. All the information about each project, including contact information, budget and goals, is provided. This gives employees the reassurance they need to make donations confidently.

GlobalGiving is excited to be working with HP to provide employees the opportunity to give overseas, said Dennis Whittle, GlobalGiving's CEO and co-founder.

"HP leads the corporate sector in innovation in the area of employee-giving. In this year's campaign, HP employees worked with us to support about 150 projects around the globe," Whittle said. "HP is showing tremendous leadership by making this new model of giving available to its employees."

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About GlobalGiving

Founded by former World Bank executives, GlobalGiving is a global philanthropic exchange. It uses a market-based approach of directly connecting low-threshold, social development projects with individuals and businesses that have a stake in global prosperity.

GlobalGiving is supported by philanthropy and industry leaders including Hewlett-Packard, The Skoll Foundation, The Omidyar Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, The Sall Family Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Calvert Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For information, visit www.globalgiving.org.