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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 (STEM) education and equal access to education
  • Diversity
  • Online safety
  • Environmental responsibility
The Symantec Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 charitable organization from Symantec. The grants from the Symantec Foundation support Symantec Cyber Career Connection partners or recovery efforts after a major natural disaster.
Philanthropic Giving (in thousands of $) FY15 FY14 FY13 FY12
Total Giving 31,753 29,151 27,836 24,175
Grants and Sponsorships 3,808 4,185 3,400 3,297
Matching Gifts, Dollars for Doers 1,060 938 874 865
Software Donations* 25,399 24,028 23,462 19,963
Symantec Foundation 1,486 0 100 50
*Software donations figures restated over all reporting years.

FY15 Grants By Focus Area
Education receives approximately 64 percent of our philanthropic dollars (this includes Symantec Foundation grants to the Symantec Cyber Career Connection nonprofit partners as well as corporate contributions), as it enables us to address several important issues simultaneously. Symantec believes all students should have equal access to a quality education, especially in developing countries. We also want to encourage more students to pursue careers in cybersecurity and computer 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 and our Cyber Career Connection program in the Your Information 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.
In addition to cash investments, we also donate software through nonprofit partner, Tech Soup Global. This program is currently available in more than 38 countries allowing over 25,000 nonprofits to focus on their mission knowing their data and networks are secure. Additionally, we continue to expand our hardware donation program, giving a second life to out-of-warranty employee laptops. Nonprofit organizations can apply online to receive a hardware donation.


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 FY15 FY14 FY13 FY12
Employee Giving $621,739 $781,143 $919,377 $791,714
Volunteer Hours 29,983 31,073 25,819 18,379
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.
Launched in FY14, the Symantec Service Corps is a unique Symantec program designed to create positive social impact, build cultural awareness, and develop leaders across all levels of the organization. In February 2014, the Corps’ first cohort of ten high-potential employees from across the world—selected from a pool of 200 applicants—were sent to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, for a month to work on projects aligned with their skills. The group helped three local nonprofits on projects related to financial management, organizational restructuring, and business development.
In FY15, the second team of Service Corps participants spent one month on pro bono projects for three nonprofit organizations based in Ankara, Turkey. Nine global employees volunteered their time and talent on projects ranging from database management, marketing and reporting systems.