The Xerox Foundation and Areas of Focus
Since our earliest days, philanthropy has been part of the fabric of the Xerox culture. We invest our money, time and talent in our areas of focus: education and workforce preparedness; science and technology; sustainability and environmental affairs; employee and community affairs; national and cultural affairs; and matching gifts and memberships. In 2009, the Xerox Foundation, the arm of the corporation that manages our philanthropic efforts, invested more than $12 million in 2,823 organizations.
Education and Workforce Preparedness
Xerox invested 21.8% of our grants in education and workforce preparedness. Of note, we made the second payment on a two-year grant totaling $250,000 to Concern Worldwide. This 40-year old organization provides job training and micro-financing to the “poorest of the poor” in some 30 countries, primarily in Africa. The Xerox investment is for an “innovation fund” that gives seed money to pilot programs with high-leverage possibilities.
At the other end of the education spectrum, we continued the Xerox Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over a three-year period, $1 million is being invested to award fellowships to exceptional doctoral students in engineering.
We also continued to manage three programs with a common theme – educational access to underrepresented minorities:
All of these programs are part of a larger Xerox Foundation effort to help minorities pursue technical degrees and, in turn, help the U.S. address its shortage of scientists and engineers. These initiatives, which are in the strategic interest of the company, provide excellent opportunities for Xerox people to be involved on campus; they also enable us to recruit from a highly motivated and talented technical pool. We invested $900,000 in these three programs in 2009.
Other investments in the 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, United Negro College Fund, Posse Foundation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and INROADS. The Xerox Foundation also conferred 24 National Merit Scholarships and Achievement Awards.
Science and Technology
The Foundation invested 24.8% of our grants in the area of science and technology. Organizations supported by the Foundation included the Cleveland Clinic, FIRST, New York Hall of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon Museum and Science Center and the Connecticut Science Center.
Included in the science and technology program is funding of the Xerox University Affairs Committee. The group – which consists of about a dozen Xerox scientists from around the world – awarded 41 grants to 36 university science programs. The Foundation provided approximately $800,000 to this effort.
Each grant is championed by a Xerox scientist from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain or Germany. Universities outside the U.S. received 10 grants. All 36 university programs are conducting research aligned with the long-term strategic interests of Xerox. In 2009, Xerox hired three graduate students as a result of the program and hosted eight interns. In addition, Xerox scientists and the professors we funded co-authored and published 25 research papers in leading academic journals, made 78 visits to universities both inside and outside the U.S and hosted 11 universities at Xerox.