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Sweet Charity: Apple Matches Employee Donations

Cash-rich Apple is feeling charitable these days.

In an all-hands memo first published by MacRumors, CEO Tim Cook announced a new program under which Apple will match the charitable contributions of employees up to $10,000 per year.

“I am very happy to announce that we are kicking off a matching gift program for charitable donations,” Cook said in the memo, whose authenticity we have confirmed. “We are all really inspired by the generosity of our co-workers who give back to the community and this program is going to help that individual giving go even farther.”

As of September 2010, Apple had 46,600 employees worldwide, so this is potentially quite a bit of money.

Initially available to full-time employees in the U.S., the program will be extended to other countries in time.

Below, Cook’s memo in full.

Team:

I am very happy to announce that we are kicking off a matching gift program for charitable donations. We are all really inspired by the generosity of our co-workers who give back to the community and this program is going to help that individual giving go even farther.

Starting September 15, when you give money to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Apple will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 annually. This program will be for full-time employees in the US at first, and we’ll expand it to other parts of the world over time.

Thank you all for working so hard to make a difference, both here at Apple and in the lives of others. I am incredibly proud to be part of this team.

If you’d like more information on the program, you can get it on HRWeb, which can be easily accessed through AppleWeb.

Tim


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