ATLANTA, Dec. 16, 2008 - For the ninth consecutive year, UPS and its employees have led the nation in supporting the annual United Way campaign.
With more than 249,000 individuals participating, UPS employees and retirees pledged more than $53 million to United Way during this year's campaign, more than any other participating company. UPS's matching contribution, to be determined early next year by The UPS Foundation, is expected to push UPS's total donation for 2008 over $60 million.
Last year, UPS's total contribution to United Way after calculating the company's match totaled $60.8 million. Since 1982, including this year's pledges, UPS and its employees have donated an astonishing $924 million.
"Year after year, UPS continues to raise the bar in terms of generosity and an unwavering commitment to community," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America. "At a time when the need around the world, and at home, has never been more compelling, UPS and its employees responded and are changing lives. We couldn't be more proud of our partnership with UPS and of the opportunities we're creating together for a better life and brighter future for everyone."
In addition to financial contributions, UPS employees and their families also volunteered their time and talents to their communities, donating more than 900,000 hours of time through Global Volunteer Month and UPS's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. The latter is a company-wide volunteer initiative that matches employees and their families with volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills and availability. UPS also donates loaned executives to several local United Way affiliates across the country.
"Even in this tough economy, the spirit of giving is alive and well at UPS," said Scott Davis, the company's chairman and CEO. "The support of our employees is unwavering because we all recognize that the United Way's efforts to improve lives and communities are more important than ever."
About the UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2007, The UPS Foundation donated more than $46 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement. UPS has contributed more than $924 million to United Way over the past 25 years.