TELUS is committed to fostering a corporate culture of giving by engaging team members with structured volunteer and donation opportunities to help make a positive difference in the communities where we live, work and serve. Our company has a long history of community involvement and giving.
Since 2006, Team TELUS Cares has been motivating and mobilizing team members through four programs: TELUS Day of Giving™, Team TELUS Charitable Giving, Dollars for Doers and Fundraising Grants. New for 2011, we expanded our support of TELUS team members’ contributions with the re-launch of the Fundraising Grants program. Through this program, TELUS will match the fundraising efforts of TELUS team members, up to $500 each, per calendar year.
In 2011, TELUS, our team members and retirees contributed $8.2 million of financial assistance and more than 555,800 volunteer hours to charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Although we saw a decrease in team member participation, financial assistance increased over 2010 as a result of increased average donation amounts from Team TELUS Charitable Giving program participants and the introduction of the Fundraising Grants program. Volunteer hours recorded through the Dollars for Doers program were consistent with 2010.