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Community Investment

Symantec strives to have a positive impact on local communities where it has operations around the globe by:
  • Donating money and software
  • Organizing employee volunteer events
  • Supporting employees in their personal volunteer work
  • Matching employees' contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations
Symantec has four main philanthropic focus areas. These funding categories serve the objective of creating a sustainable and diverse future for the technology industry. In order to effectively pursue our philanthropic strategy, we identify and reach out to those organizations that best align with our giving priorities and objectives. These priorities include:
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math education; equal access to education
  • Diversity
  • Online safety
  • Environmental responsibility
Philanthropic Giving (in thousands of $) FY13 FY12 FY11 FY10
Total Giving 24,274 23,978 24,445 22,232
Grants and Sponsorships 3,400 3,297 3,412 3,137
Matching Gifts, Dollars for Doers 874 865 733 717
Software Donations 20,000 19,816 20,300 18,378
We have significant partnerships with the following organizations in each of our focus areas.
Education receives approximately 50 percent of our philanthropic dollars as it enables us to address several important issues simultaneously. Symantec believes all students should have equal access to a quality education. We also want to encourage more students to pursue careers in math and science, and in particular support women and minorities who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more about Symantec's efforts to support women in technology in the Our People section.
With security at the core of our business, we focus significant resources on educating parents, schools, and students about safe and ethical practices on the Internet. Several programs raise awareness of Internet threats—such as online predators and cyber-bullying—among school administrators, teachers, librarians, and counselors so that they in turn can teach students how to handle such situations responsibly. Read more about our efforts to promote online safety in the Your Information section.
Responsible environmental practices are necessary for a sustainable future for technology. Thus, Symantec contributes to organizations that work in resource conservation and promote Green IT practices.


We believe that the communities where Symantec maintains offices should be stronger and more vibrant because of our presence and that our employees are best positioned to understand the needs of their communities. Volunteer-led community relations committees at each of our major sites worldwide make grant recommendations aligned with our philanthropic priorities, and organize volunteer events for employees.
Employee Contributions FY13 FY12 FY11 FY10
Employee Giving 919,377 791,714 664,665 650,000
Symantec Matching Gifts 672,597 694,483 611,543 582,000
Volunteer Hours 25,819 18,379 15,299 19,000
Dollars for Doers Grants 201,024 170,785 121,571 135,000
Symantec’s Dollars for Doers Program rewards sustained volunteerism by making a monetary contribution to organizations where employees volunteer their time. Symantec donates $15 for every hour of volunteer service that an employee contributes up to $1,000 per calendar year, beginning with the first hour of service. Our Employee Matching Gift Program matches employee donations to eligible charities dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 per employee per calendar year.