Business leader Patty Nation gives you an inside look at how Xilinx—a technology company with more than 3,500 patents—inspires and engages its employees.
A: There are three areas that resonate with our employees. First is the matching of our employees financial contributions in concert with their volunteer hours. Next is the ability for our employees to recommend to our global committees those organizations that they believe would benefit from a grant. Lastly, our signature programs. We are supporting the American Cancer Society through the Cambrian Relay for Life—we “paint” our campus purple, and we have two weeks of celebration and FUNdraising before the walk. Our largest initiative is the Global Educational Ecosystem. Through this program, our employees support schools through volunteerism, hosting field trips, and even going so far as to develop a two-week summer STEAM Academy.
Our approach is not to be “drive-by-donors” or pure philanthropists, but rather create true public-private partnerships focused on reciprocity as a community.
A: Our employees really enjoy service projects, both those hosted on campus or at a nonprofit location. The employees, while gifted with their business talents, often want to do hands on projects. We were laying sprinkler pipes and new sod at one location, and one of the engineers said he specifically wanted to work on this—not only to help our community partner, but he learned a new skill he could use at home! Our employees are very generous with their time, talent, and treasures.
A: We are looking at opportunities to have a deeper impact and a more global reach. We are very optimistic in the opportunity to reach our small offices and locations through online giving and simple service projects. We did the first service project of this kind in December with our offices in Plano, Texas, and it was well received by the employees and the benefiting nonprofit. The online giving platform has the potential to support philanthropy in multiple departments, including human resources and sales.
A: Our employees are the hub of our giving. We only take requests for grants from our employees. They have the opportunity to submit a grant to the local giving committee. We then review and approve the funding to make sure it aligns with our corporate direction and giving guidelines while understanding the needs of their local community and culture. We also have corporate programs that aim to go broader. Our giving committees are in San Jose, Calif., Longmont, Colo., Dublin, Ireland, Singapore, and India. We have recently established a team in China. We strive to give globally, but act locally!
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