For the inaugural time, United Way Suncoast unveiled a list of the 100 Most Generous Workplaces in the Suncoast region (DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties). While roughly 800 Suncoast-area companies partner with United Way, this list compiles the top 100 of those workplaces that were the most generous (determined upon philanthropic contributions from the organization and its employees) in the previous year’s United Way workplace campaign.
Across the Suncoast, the ten most generous workplaces were as follows: Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Raymond James; The Mosaic Company; United Services Automobile Association (USAA); Macy’s; Tech Data Corporation; TECO Energy; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Bank of America; and PricewaterhouseCoopers ESC. Combined, these 10 organizations and their employees donated nearly $11 million to help the people of the Suncoast’s communities through United Way programs.
“It’s inspiring to see how our business community promotes philanthropy and how the people in those workplaces respond to a culture of caring,” said Afira DeVries, Chief Development & Innovations Officer of United Way Suncoast. “After the hardships so many faced during the recession, we are seeing resurgence in giving at all levels. I think people just understand a little better how it feels to get a helping hand when you need one and want to pay it forward.”
These workplaces all create a culture of giving that includes supporting a company-wide United Way annual campaign enabling employees to donate through simple payroll deductions. Workplace campaigns require an investment of time and resources by the leadership of these organizations to plan and organize information sessions, fund special events, and have even included leadership dunk tanks or pies in the face – all in the spirit of helping people in need. In addition to financial investments, many of these workplaces encourage staff to volunteer on a regular basis through United Way.
“Every one of our corporate partners and their employees, regardless of the size of their campaign, lead by example when it comes to giving back,” said Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO of United Way Suncoast. “We are both proud and humbled to be able to work with such compassionate individuals on a daily basis, as well as inspired by the positive impact it makes on the people in our community who benefit from that generosity.”
United Way Suncoast recently announced its five-year strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families. This important work would not be possible without the support and partnership of all our business and community leaders, Board leadership, volunteers, partner agencies, and the generous people of our region who invest in United Way Suncoast.