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We believe that corporate philanthropy should serve the communities where Leidos operates as well as align with our business objectives.
Our philanthropy is designed to improve the lives of our employees as well as residents of the communities where we live and work. Marshaling resources to this aim, we identify causes and organizations that align with our specific priorities and the unique needs of the communities in which Leidos does business.
Specifically, we focus on:
- Building strong relationships with non-profit partners who are motivated to overcome important challenges of our time.
- Making charitable donations to qualified non-profits and also providing in-kind services.
- Organizing company-sponsored volunteer opportunities for employees and also supporting their personal volunteerism interests.
- Collaborating with other stakeholders (e.g., chambers of commerce, academic institutions, and government agencies) to improve our local communities.
During calendar year 2015, the approximate distribution of our enterprise-wide charitable giving by emphasis area (shown below) is consistent with our prior year spending on a percentage basis, with a future priority to more evenly distribute our spending across emphasis areas.
Leidos does not have a foundation and does not generally accept unsolicited requests for grants, sponsorships or donations. To execute our philanthropic strategy, we identify and reach out to those organizations that best align with our giving priorities and objectives as a company.
Volunteering continues to be an important component of the overall Leidos philanthropic profile and we recognize the unique value it brings to our employees, communities, customers, and workplace. Our ongoing commitment continues to drive notable changes in our culture, reflected in how we select non-profit partners, plan outreach activities, and recognize the successes of our passionate employee volunteers.
Employees contributed nearly 17,000 hours to company-sponsored outreach activities in 2015 (shown below), an increase over calendar year 2014. In addition to supporting company-sponsored efforts, our employees also pursue numerous other cause areas, reflecting their varied passions and interests.
At Leidos, we regularly highlight employee volunteer accomplishments. This helps to increase employee engagement by incentivizing new volunteer projects and ultimately contributes to improved retention and hiring, respectively. In 2015, for example, 22 Leidos office teams committed to serve their local communities through a unique “Community Days” program. In addition to company donations, these offices raised funds and supported charity partners through service hours. In 2015 alone, they were recognized for raising $85,000 and providing 1,650 hours of service benefitting 18 charities in the communities where Leidos employees live and work. Similarly, as part of our Operation MVP Military Veteran Program, each year, Leidos celebrates the "Heroes of Leidos," honoring our veteran employees for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.
Every day, our employees are change agents in their communities. By combining corporate giving with passionate and inspired employee participation, Leidos is making a meaningful difference to those in need