(January 15, 2003) — Employees at Hewlett-Packard Co. have always been generous with their money, reaching deep into their pockets to support community projects in Cupertino and other cities. A few months ago, their contributions began to go global, supporting projects in Afghanistan, Kenya and many other developing countries around the the world.
In October, HP and Washington, D.C. based DevelopmentSpace became partners in their charitable efforts.
"We're a company that revolutionizes philanthropy and foreign aid by giving Americans the opportunity to fund initiatives in other countries with the ease and reliability of giving to a charity down the street," explains Tim Scheu, communications officer for DevelopmentSpace.
Through this partnership, HP employees can make tax-deductible contributions to projects like the Afghan Women's Learning Centers and Mushroom Farms for AIDS Widows in Tanzania, in addition to their regular contributions to local charities. HP also doubles the impact by matching its employees' donations of up to $1,000.
So far, according to the DevelopmentSpace website, HP and its employees all over the country have contributed about $4,300 for the Afghan Women's Learning Centers and $480 for the Mushroom Farms for AIDS Widows in Tanzania.
"HP has always contributed to the neighborhoods in which we operate," says Barbara Waugh, HP worldwide change manager. "Through DevelopmentSpace, we are able to contribute to our neighbors around the world. I'm thrilled."
According to Scheu, HP employees are supporting more than 50 small-scale initiatives worldwide, ranging from education programs in Tibet to water treatment projects in Argentina.
HP has 40 office sites and 88,000 employees across the country, including 6,000 employees in its Cupertino headquarters.
According to Krista Van Tassel, Cupertino site chair for the charitable giving program, approximately 30 percent of the employees in Cupertino participate in the program.
When they make donations, employees can designate particular projects or simply turn their money over to an organization such as DevelopmentSpace, which directs the donations to fund their projects.
In addition to DevelopmentSpace, HP also collaborates with four other federations, such as United Way of America.
"We've been contributing to our communities as well as other countries for a very long time," Van Tassel says. "We are working with other agencies to give people more choices to contribute to. We want to open up more opportunities for people by providing them with as many choices as possible. Many employees are very passionate about the program."
According to Van Tassel, in the months of November and December 2002, HP and its Cupertino employees have contributed $1,200,000, which will help to fund all types of projects, including the ones through DevelopmentSpace.
"We're going to continue expanding the charitable giving program. I am sure that we will work with more agencies like DevelopmentSpace in the future," Van Tassel says.