#GivingTuesday has been gaining popularity as people worldwide find ways to give back, after giving thanks. On December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
SAS is proud that we were once again able to participate in this global day of giving. SAS employees in 18 countries joined more than 30,000 organizations around the world in support of #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday reports that more than $116 million dollars was raised this year. There were 1.3 million social media mentions, tripling the amount of users reached on Facebook last year. Around the world, here are just a few of the activities that took place with SAS employees:
- In Canada, employees donated blood; and, a group also packaged and sorted food to help ensure that the hungry people of Toronto have food to eat this holiday season.
- In France, employees donated blood and collected toys, clothing and money.
- In Greece, employees donated food for refugees.
- In Mexico, employees collected food to support Casa Hogar de la Esperanza, a home for abandoned girls.
- In Portugal, a team fixed and painted structures at CREACIL, an impairment support association.
- In Slovakia, employees collected money for the Children´s Hospital Emergency Unit in Bratislava.
A number of activities took place at SAS world headquarters in Cary, NC. These numbers tell the story:
- 400 children will get new clothing as part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree collection.
- The DonorsChoose.org challenge raised more than $28,000 in donations to classroom projects.
- 20 SAS employees worked with children at the Raleigh Boys Club on STEM activities.
- 123 pints of blood were donated to the American Red Cross.
- Between the SAS onsite child care centers’ food drive and the CanOrnament display, employees donated 6,344 pounds of canned goods (1,300 pounds more than last year!)
- The Virtual Food Drive monetary donations totaled $2,678. All in all, enough food/money was collected to provide 22,942 meals!
Try our executives' secret family recipes
New this year at SAS HQ was an Executive Cooking Challenge, with six executives serving up their favorite dishes in three SAS cafes at world headquarters! Employees donated cash or cans, and in return, got to cast a vote for their favorite. An additional $752 was raised for the Food Bank of NC via an Executive Cooking Challenge in three cafes. Our winners were:
- Pot Roast from CEO Jim Goodnight and Ann Goodnight
- “Nana’s Chicken Casserole” from Chief Technology Officer Armistead Sapp
- Shrimp and Grits from Chief Information Officer Keith Collins
The first place winner was SAS CIO Keith Collins’ Shrimp and Grits recipe. If you’d like to make one of the dishes in your own kitchen, you can download the winning SAS Executive Recipes!
SAS is passionate about creating a strong community
As an integral part of SAS culture, the company encourages employees to donate their talent, time and finances to projects supporting education, the environment and social welfare. Offices across the globe manage programs tailored to fit the needs of their communities and the interest of SAS employees. #GivingTuesday is just one way SAS encourages employees to give back to their communities.
To foster a culture of volunteerism at SAS, the company also manages the Employee Volunteer Fund (EVF), which contributes cash to education-based nonprofit organizations. Last year, SAS employees in the US volunteered more than 29,000 hours through the EVF program, resulting in more than $91,750 paid to schools across the country.
Globally, SAS employees volunteer their time in the community. Whether it is collecting toys at Christmas in France, adopting a local school in Canada, raising money for the food bank in Pittsburgh, collecting coats for kids in North Carolina, or building Habitat for Humanity homes across the US, SAS employees worldwide generously give their time to improve their communities.
— SAS Software (@SASsoftware) December 1, 2015