We live in a golden age of corporate philanthropic giving, with around the world huge sums of money to various charitable and causes. Although some of these efforts have been criticized for coming with hidden strings attached or labeled as attempts at improving corporate image, the fact of the matter is that there is ultimately more dollars moving into philanthropy than ever before.
Check out the world’s top 10 most generous philanthropic giving (based on 2015 figures):that are leading the charge in
Cash: $142.8 million
Industry: Banking, Financial services
According to its foundation’s website, Citi Group’s philanthropic activities are aimed at fostering economic advancement and the improvement of the living conditions of in third world countries. This is achieved through initiatives that include: fostering of financial inclusion and the creation of career opportunities for youths. Recently, the titan invested $50 million over a space of three years for the purpose of helping youths connect with job opportunities.
Cash contributions: $167.8 million
Industry: Internet; Computer software, Computer hardware
philanthropic initiatives focus largely on supporting that develop groundbreaking and unconventional solutions to social problems. The has been an active philanthropic force, $167.8 million in cash contributions to a number of causes around the world.’s
employees are also active in its philanthropic initiatives. In 2014, its employees gave $21 million in donations to more than 9,000 across the globe. Its recent philanthropic initiatives include a $2.4 million grant given to a nonprofit organization that helps alleviate poverty by giving cash directly to the poor and a $1 million grant to an involved in criminal-justice reform.
Cash contributions: $168.5 million
Industry: Banking and Financial services
philanthropy field as it serves as trustee or co-trustee for a diverse number of charitable foundations. As a result, the bank gives out grants in line with each donor’s philanthropic objective.occupies a unique position in the corporate
The bank is also actively involved in creating economic opportunities and proving for the basic needs of the less privileged. In 2014, it committed almost $50 million to the education of workers and spent $33 million on community development, feeding the hungry and emergency relief.
Cash contributions: $224 million
Industry: Financial Services
JP Morgan Chase adopts an unconventional approach to its corporate philanthropy by focusing on creating economic opportunities for people around the world. The firm’s philanthropic activities are focused on supporting the development of new for workers, helping individuals build financial capability, supporting the growth of small businesses, and the development of its host communities. In 2016 alone the gave above $200 million to nonprofit organizations scattered across the , the District of Columbia and in 40 countries.
Cash contributions: $225 million
Industry: Oil and Gas
Unlike other top corporate giving, not much is known about Chevron’s philanthropic activities. However, according to the Chronicle of , an authoritative source on corporate philanthropy, Chevron’s philanthropic activities was greatly affected by the fall in the oil price. As such, the oil and gas giant saw its donations fall by 7.2% in 2014 as a result of the oil crisis. The ’s charitable initiatives mostly center on the following areas: Women’s economic empowerment in , HIV/AIDS treatment in its host African countries, and STEM education for youth.involved in
Cash contributions: $268 million
Industry: Oil and Gas
philanthropy in the oil and gas industry. The saw its corporate giving rise by about 13% in 2015. The ’s philanthropic initiatives revolve around 3 core areas: STEM education (especially for women and girls), health, and biodiversity, and conservation. More specifically, its foundation actively supports math and science education, “women’s economic empowerment”, and is also committed to the eradication of malaria.is a leader of
4. Goldman Sachs
Cash contributions: $276.4 million
Industry: Financial Services
In the aftermath of the global philanthropic engagements experienced a turnaround with billions of dollars in donations channeled towards charitable causes. The titan has since committed more than $1.6 billion to various philanthropic activities across the globe and is also in with thousands of nonprofit organizations in 80 countries.of 2008, Goldman Sachs’s uninspiring
A clear example of its commitment to corporate giving was witnessed in 2015 when it committed 3% of its pre-tax profits to philanthropy, which is well above the average figure for companies. Through its major initiatives, the 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs has provided loans, business education, and support services to women entrepreneurs and small business owners across the globe.
Cash contributions: $281.3 million
Industry: Banking, Financial Services
funds donated towards philanthropic activities. In 2016, the bank had a goal of donating between 1.2 to 1.5% of its yearly to philanthropy. The contributions were to be made through two different channels: a part was to be distributed in local where it operated and another was to be made on a national level. A vivid example of the ’s commitment to philanthropy is demonstrated in its donation of $25 million to NeighborWorks, a nonprofit organization for affordable housing options for the less privileged.is leading the charge in the industry as the with the highest amount of
Cash contributions: $301 million
Until recently, Walmart’s involvement in philanthropy was constantly called to question as a result of the small-sized donations made towards charitable causes, which were usually in its host communities. As a result, there was widespread advocacy by the general public for a more proactive stance towards corporate giving from the world’s number one retail giant. Walmart’s commitment to philanthropy, however, took a new turn following the appointment of Kathleen McLaughlin as the head of the ’s foundation in 2014.
As the Walmart has identified the development of worker skills and readiness as a major focus of its philanthropic activities and has invested funds in this regard through its foundation. The also moved to improve its workers’ welfare by increasing the minimum hourly pay from $9 to $10. Walmart’s fight against hunger has also seen the make a donation of $61 billion to actively involved in the fight.with the largest in the world,
1. Gilead Sciences
Cash contributions: $446.7 million
: Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology
Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical philanthropy. The California-based has the highest cash contributions made towards philanthropic causes, with $446.7 million in cash contributions as at 2015. This is almost two-thirds more than the funds released the previous year, with the increase in contributions attributed to the ’s breakthrough in the Hepatitis C market. Most of its philanthropic grants have however been channeled towards its core research areas, notably HIV/AIDS and liver disease. Moreover, the is also known to make cash contributions usually in response to funding request received from nonprofit organizations., is the leading public actively involved in