Deloitte is committed to supporting its local communities and the wider society in ways that allow us to combine our professional services expertise with the desire of all our people to give generously. Education, skills and access to opportunity have been identified as areas with a particular connection to our capacity to contribute in line with our business objectives.
As well as a broad suite of volunteer opportunities to support education in areas that need it most, we also fund access scholarships to third level education. We provide Professional Services on a pro-bono basis to social entrepreneurs, a youth foundation and others. In these ways we achieve our objectives of contributing to our global WorldClass vision to prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity, through education and skills.
In 2018, to help us give back to the communities that we live and work in, Deloitte partnered with 81 community organisations across Ireland, including Age Action, Irish Cancer Society, Focus Ireland and Nurture Africa. Through these community links, our employees gave 11,738 volunteer hours and fundraised €78,456 in addition to company support of €134,083 in cash donations and €276,599 worth of in-kind donations.