“Three years after Apple began matching employee donations, the program has yielded more than $50 million for charity,” Julia Love reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “And on Thursday, Apple will begin expanding the program to all the countries in which it has a presence, up from just the U.S. and a handful of other nations, the company told this newspaper. The Cupertino-based company will also begin donating money to the charities where its employees volunteer at a rate of $25 per hour.”
Love reports, “‘Apple believes deeply in leaving the world better than we found it… We’re inspired by our employees’ generosity and take great pride in supporting the causes they’re passionate about,’ Denise Young Smith, Apple’s vice president of worldwide human resources, said in a statement to this newspaper. ‘Much of that money goes to important causes making a difference right here in the Bay Area. We’re proud to continue expanding our employees’ contributions by matching the time they give around the world.'”
“Apple’s program was limited to just the U.S. when it began, and by the end of 2011 had grown to include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Ireland. The program will expand to all but a few countries in which Apple operates on Thursday, reaching the rest early next year,” Love reports. “For each employee, Apple matches up to $10,000 per year in donations to nonprofits and charities that carry a 501(c)(3) tax status or the equivalent.”
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