At Samsung, gratitude and generosity color what employees and the company as a whole do all year long. Launching its holiday giving campaign, Samsung Electronics America celebrated Giving Tuesday on November 28, a global day of giving back that unites businesses, charities, community centers and people around the world for one common purpose – to give.
Samsung made giving simple by encouraging employees to get involved in company-supported initiatives that help the causes that matter most to them. Employees made donations through Samsung Gives, the company’s charitable giving-match program that allows employees to magnify their gifts with a dollar-for-dollar employer match.
And it didn’t end there.
“Samsung does a great job of raising awareness of the need for volunteering. It was eye-opening. I want to contribute to our local community in any way I can.”
Stefanie Rutigliano, finance manager for Samsung Electronics America
Five lucky employees who made a charitable contribution through Samsung Gives won a $500 corporate donation to the non-profit organization of their choice. Selected at random, the winners were thrilled to know their favorite charity would receive Samsung’s special contribution during this critical time of the year.
Stefanie Rutigliano, a finance manager, was one of the raffle winners. Her chosen charity, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, is especially close to her heart because the genetic blood disorder runs in her family.
“This foundation is very meaningful to us. I’m extremely grateful that Samsung was able to do this,” Rutigliano said. Her cousin, diagnosed with the condition as a baby, receives blood transfusions every two weeks as part of her treatment. Currently, there’s no cure for Cooley’s anemia, but Rutigliano and her family work tirelessly to raise money for medical research.
“Samsung does a great job of raising awareness of the need for volunteering, too,” Rutigliano said. This year, she spent her Volunteer Time Off (VTO) hours at a Bergen County food bank in New Jersey. “It was eye-opening. I want to contribute to our local community in any way I can.”
Throughout the year, Samsung employees are encouraged to take advantage of the company’s VTO hours, a company-wide signature program that empowers employees to leave the office behind and donate their time and labor to an organization of their choice in need of help.
Many Samsung employees will give back by contributing to local food, clothing and toy drives. For example, the company’s major office locations in Ridgefield Park, NJ, New York, NY, Richardson, TX., and Mountain View, CA will all proudly support Toys for Tots, in addition to locally based charities, to help make the season brighter for those in need.
“I am very proud of Samsung’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Tim Baxter, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America. “This holiday giving season, the company is keeping the momentum going by helping families in local communities when they need it the most.”
Samsung strives to make it easy for employees to perform charitable deeds and donations for the organizations closest to their hearts, all year long, with the help and dedication of its employees, Samsung will continue giving back to those in need through the holiday season and throughout the new year.