The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program was established in 2008 and its objective is to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism in their communities. This is achieved by supporting employees in giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits organisations and schools. For every hour that is volunteered by an Intel employee at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or “match” of $10 is paid from the Intel Foundation directly to that organisation. Volunteering is one of the key aspects of Intel’s community outreach and the Matching Grant program is a key enabler of volunteerism, highlighting the continued commitment by the company to corporate responsibility and its local communities.
In 2019, Intel Ireland employees volunteered 140,000 hours in support of 278 community organisations spread across 23 different counties in Ireland. During this year Intel Ireland also had a volunteer participation rate of 51% which means that over half their employees participated in some form of volunteering throughout the year.
The organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as Saplings Rathfarnham, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue, Inner City Helping Homeless and the Society of the Vincent De Paul, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to cycling, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.
The unique nature of this program is that it empowers employees to make a difference not only through their hours but also to reward their organisations with matched funding from the Intel Foundation.
This is the twelfth year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than €6.5 million has been donated to charities, schools, sports clubs, social initiatives and community schemes across Ireland. The total number of hours volunteered by Intel Ireland employees during this time is approximately 900,000 which is the equivalent of having 36 people working full time in the community for the past twelve years.
Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and General Manager of Intel in Ireland speaks proudly of the thousands of hours of volunteering completed by Intel employees in 2019 which resulted in the grants “At Intel, volunteering is an important part of our culture and we are proud of the contributions that our employees make in the communities where they live and work. For Intel Ireland, investment in the future has always meant investment in people, in ideas and in education. The Matching Grant Program is a unique way for us to celebrate and reward this volunteerism”.
Intel provided €2,318,495 in cash donations; €25,000 was contributed through in-kind donations and €83,975 was raised through employee fundraising. Employees also volunteered 126,062 hours to local groups and projects during the year.