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Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities.

Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.

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Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer Program. The program empowers employees to become Volunteer Champions and receive training and tools to help organize and publicize volunteer events in their communities. It also makes it easy for employees to find activities where they can volunteer their time and qualify for Matching Gifts. Right now we're piloting the program in the U.S., Sydney, and Cork with the goal of expanding it worldwide in the future.
The launch of the Apple Global Volunteer Program comes just months after Apple made efforts to expand employee benefit packages under the direction Denise Young Smith, who took over as head of human resources at Apple early last year. Improved benefits included more maternity/paternity leave for parents, educational reimbursements, and an expansion of Apple's long-running donation matching program.

Apple's Matching Gifts Program [PDF] has existed since 2011, seeing the company match the money its employees contribute to charities (up to $10,000 per employee per year), but with the expansion, Apple also began matching time volunteered. As of October 2014, Apple donates $25 per hour to any non-profit where an employee volunteers.

As stated in the memo sent to employees, Apple's charitable efforts have thus far raised a combined total of $78 million for charities and non-profit organizations around the world.

Article Link: Apple Launches 'Global Volunteer Program' to Encourage Employees to Volunteer in Local Communities
 

hrMACnstuff

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would someone please burn some incense?

kumbaya my lord, kumbaya....
and yet they told the sapphire glass company to take the deal. lol.
 

japanime

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Good thing they are being asked to volunteer in their "local communities."

It would be a real burden if they were asked to volunteer in communities thousands of miles away from where they lived. :D
 

Alith

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Or they could just reduce their massive and ethically incomprehensible tax avoidance, which would pump money into communities commensurate with the amount of money they make out of those communities and act as a shining example for all the other multinationals that take the piss as well.
 

CFreymarc

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Does anyone know if there is an Apple internal "approved charity list" or does any local jurisdiction non-profit qualify?
 

IJ Reilly

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Does anyone know if there is an Apple internal "approved charity list" or does any local jurisdiction non-profit qualify?

Presumably any charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code would qualify.

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It's things like this that make me think I'd hate to work for Apple.

And it's also why you'd probably never get a job there.
 

CFreymarc

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Presumably any charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code would qualify.

I hope so. As long as there is no "PC Filter" on what charity qualifies or not, I'm fine with this. Love to see several Scouting leaders that work at Apple move that $10K to their local Troops and Packs.

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"volunteer" forced labor?

There is no requirement to do volunteer work. They only back you up fiscally if you do participate.
 

orioncrystalice

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Or they could just reduce their massive and ethically incomprehensible tax avoidance, which would pump money into communities commensurate with the amount of money they make out of those communities and act as a shining example for all the other multinationals that take the piss as well.



eh, tell us more about how government spending does more than private charity
 

RobertMartens

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The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.


USA Population 300,000,000
Sydney Population 4,500,000
Cork 500,000

Odd collection

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eh, tell us more about how government spending does more than private charity

You are avoiding facing his point.
 

meistervu

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USA Population 300,000,000
Sydney Population 4,500,000
Cork 500,000

Odd collection



It is an odd selection. The letter U in USA is next to letter S in Sydney, but quite far from C in Cork.

Of course I was being absurd. Anything can be odd if you look at it with a certain preconceived notion. Perhaps Apple is trying different population sizes to see if there are issues to address based on the size? Or perhaps the size of the population has nothing to do with the selection. May be they just want different geographical locations.
 

doelcm82

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"volunteer" forced labor?
The company I work for requires every employee to do 32 hours of volunteer work each year. But they pay us for the 32 hours.

I hated the idea when they first suggested it. I'm on salary, and my workload isn't reduced. It's all waiting for me when I get back from my volunteer day.

On the other hand, I got to pick the charity. I enjoy my volunteer days, and the people I've met when I'm there. I do more than the minimum, now.
 

KazuSnow

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not like you have any iOS bugs to fix or anything.

Increase your education.
"...Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities.."

One could disseminate from this that they are not sending out their IOS employees, they are sending out their store staff employees.

Ask any store staff employee in your local apple store how much of the IOS code they have written and I can suggest to you that all of them will say none.
 

Rocketman

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