Areas of Focus
The Xerox Foundation invested $12.5 million in 2010. That’s $0.5 million above 2009 spending. In all, 1,840 non-profit organizations, colleges and universities received direct financial support from The Xerox Foundation, whether through outright grants, matching gifts or community involvement activities. We continued to focus our investments in the areas of education and workforce preparedness; science and technology; environmental affairs; employee and community affairs; and national and cultural affairs. Here is a summary of how we invested the funds.
Education and Workforce Preparedness
We invested 25.6% in education and workforce preparedness. A new initiative for Xerox in 2009 – 2010 was a $250,000 grant payable over two years to Concern Worldwide, a 40-year-old organization that provides job training and micro-financing to the “poorest of the poor” in some 30 countries – primarily Africa. Xerox invested in an “innovation fund” that provides seed money for pilot programs with high-leverage possibilities. The fund has been named for Xerox and was instrumental in leveraging a multimillion-dollar grant from the Gates Foundation. We also provided $250,000 in assistance to Pro Mujer – a 20-year-old organization that combines micro-financing, health services and financial education to women in six Latin American countries. Average loans are in the amount of $230; repayment rates are more than 99 percent; and job creation has been impressive.
We also continued to manage three programs with a common theme – providing educational access to underrepresented minorities:
- The Black College Engineering Liaison Program dispersed 21 grants during 2010 to schools such as: North Carolina A&T University; Howard University; Spelman College; Morgan State University; Atlanta University Center; Hampton University; Talladega College; Tuskegee University; and Southern University.
- The Hispanic College Liaison Program dispersed 23 grants during 2010 to schools such as: University of Puerto Rico; City College of New York; University of California; University at Buffalo; University of Central Florida; Polytechnic Institute; California State; California Polytechnic; Interamerica University; and University of Texas.
- The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program provided 125 scholarships to help deserving minority students complete degrees in engineering.
All these programs are part of a larger Xerox Foundation effort to help minorities pursue technical degrees and help the United States address its shortage of scientists and engineers. The programs provide excellent opportunities for Xerox people to be involved on campus; are in the strategic interest of the company; and enable us to recruit from a highly motivated and talented pool of technical people. We invested over $900,000 in these three programs in 2010. During 2010, we became a founding member of Change the Equation, a national effort to harness, focus and leverage the power of the business community in improving science, engineering and mathematics education.
Also noteworthy is our continuing partnership with the National Academy Foundation’s Academies of Engineering. Those “schools within schools” are proving to be a very effective strategy for preparing and motivating minority and female high school students to pursue college degrees and ultimately careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Part of our investment has been focused in Rochester, New York, where NAF will open its first Academy of Engineering in September, 2011.
Other investments in this focus area of education and workforce preparedness included: Teach for America; Prep for Prep; the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Monroe Community College; FIRST; Oregon Museum and Science Center; Connecticut Science Center; United Negro College Fund; Posse Foundation; and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
The Xerox Foundation also awarded 22 National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships to the children of Xerox employees.
Science and Technology
We invested 21.4% of our grants in the area of science and technology. Organizations supported by the Foundation included: The Cleveland Clinic; University of Rochester; and University of Rochester/Wilmot Center.
In 2010 we renewed a three-year, $1 million grant payable in 2010-2011-2012 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to fund six Xerox doctoral scholars who conduct research of interest to Xerox.
Also included in the science and technology program area is funding of the Xerox University Affairs Committee. The committee – which consists of a dozen Xerox scientists from around the world – recommended 40 grants to 38 university science programs. The Foundation provided $800,000 to this effort.
Each grant is championed by a Xerox scientist in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany. Eight universities outside the United States received grants. All 38 universities are doing research that is aligned with the long-term strategic interests of Xerox. In 2010, Xerox hired three graduate students as a result of the program, and hosted five interns. In addition, Xerox scientists and the professors we funded co-authored and published 15 research papers in leading academic journals. Xerox hosted 32 visits to our Webster, N.Y. campus and made 56 visits to universities in the United States and internationally.
A total of 15.1% of our investments was directed to some 79 United Ways throughout the United States. The Foundation’s total of $1.9 million included $750,000 to the United Way of Rochester. In addition to the Foundation grants, Xerox employees donated more than $1.0 million of their own money. With Xerox Foundation and Xerox employees, United Way donations were almost $3.0 million.
Of our total investments, 6.3% were in the category of environmental affairs. Investments in this focus area included a $1 million grant payable over three years to The Nature Conservancy for its pioneering work in promoting sustainable forestry practices in Northern Boreal Forests of Canada.
Another major grant that supports Environmental Affairs is a $2 million grant payable over five years beginning in 2009 to the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Xerox has joined the Institute as a Founding Partner. The Institute is rapidly developing a global reputation as a leader in sustainability – particularly as it applies to manufacturing and materials. Our investment is being used for research, scholarships and collaboration between Xerox and RIT.
Other grants under Environmental Affairs include: Outward Bound, which teaches respect for the environment among young people; The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut; Syracuse University; SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; SoundWaters; University of Pennsylvania/Wharton’s Global Environmental Program; and many other organizations and institutions that work toward the goal of a sustainable world.
Of our total spending, 6.0% was allocated to membership payments. Non-profit organizations in which Xerox is a member include: Business Roundtable; Council on Foreign Relations; Information Technology Association of America; Conference Board; American Electronics Association; United Nations Association; National Minority Supplier Development Council; TechAmerica; American National Standards Institute; Business for Higher Education Forum; and Technology CEO Council.
We invested 4.9% in the areas of cultural affairs. Organizations receiving Xerox support included arts and cultural organizations such as: the Dance Theater of Harlem; Rochester, Boston and Connecticut Ballet; Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Ballet Hispanico; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Garth Fagan Dance; Dallas Symphony; Woodruff Arts Center; Stepping Stones Museum for Children; National Underground Railroad; and many more arts institutions in communities where our people work and live.
Another 3.6% of our budget was invested in matching gifts to colleges and universities. Four hundred fifty-two institutions received 1,550 matching gift funds. The top five beneficiaries of this program in 2010 were the University of Rochester; Rochester Institute of Technology; Cornell University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Stanford University.
An additional 2.6% was donated to: the American Red Cross (International Services); Concern Worldwide; Doctors Without Borders; and Save the Children, for Haiti emergency disaster relief efforts.
Another 2.3% of our investments were in the areas of national affairs, which included institutions addressing a variety of national issues which are a part of our investment portfolio. These included National Urban League; National Child Labor Committee; Catalyst; American Foundation for AIDS Research; Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Partnership for a Drug-Free America; Paralyzed Veterans of America; National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse; Institute for Student Achievement; Minority Corporate Counsel, Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Americans for Indian Opportunity.
Not “Donating,” But “Investing”
We invest our funds in a manner that promotes and reflects the diversity of Xerox and targets our investments to organizations where our people are personally involved. During 2010, 35.8% of our investments went to organizations serving primarily diverse populations and 93.7% of our investments went to institutions and organizations where Xerox people are involved.
We take our responsibility to both Xerox and the non-profit sector very seriously and try to invest the money wisely – and we use the word “invest” deliberately. As you can imagine, we are seeing an increasing number of requests for funding at precisely the same time that foundations – both corporate and private – are under stress. Our approach is disciplined, biased toward maintaining long-term relationships with organizations with proven track records, and wary of taking on new programs that might distract from our primary areas of focus.