Helping Our Hometowns
Since the Macy’s, Inc. Partners in Time employee volunteer program was founded in 1989 in Atlanta, thousands of volunteers have given more than 1.9 million hours of community service. That’s valued at $32 million to hundreds of charities we’ve impacted through the years!
Along the way, our Partners in Time program has been nationally recognized, receiving the Points of Light/Hands On Network “Award for Excellence in Workplace Volunteerism,” among other honors. In 2010, about 32,000 participants joined 1,800 Partners in Time service projects throughout the country. Thousands of others were involved in “give back” initiatives such as cause marketing and employee giving campaigns, as well as our Macy’s Foundation Earning for Learning grants-for-schools program.
Partners in Time and other “give back” volunteers gave more than 122,000 hours of service in 2010 alone. Partners in Time projects made a strong impact for youth with 21 percent of efforts benefi ting children and school partnerships. With the success of our Partners in Time Bag Hunger food campaign, celebrating its 13th anniversary in 2010, hunger relief represented 33 percent of volunteer efforts. Health issues, including AIDS, were supported by 11 percent of projects, and 7 percent supported breast cancer research, family violence awareness and other issues of special interest to women.
Each of our stores has a Partners in Time Captain that helps organize events in their store. This is a great role for a new Sales Manager to take on eafter they finish their training program! During the internship program, we organize an “Intern Give Back Day” where interns get together a perform a volunteer activity at a foodbank or a non-profit organization.
Through the Macy’s Foundation, our company and employee donations, we channel funding to charitable organizations, community projects and civic programs in hundreds of communities where we do business. Collectively, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and the Macy’s Foundation granted more than $27 million to 4,500 nonprofit organizations in 2010. The majority of our gifts were directed to our core focus areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS research and awareness, and women’s issues.
The six areas of special focus for the Macy’s Foundation include:
- Women’s issues such as breast cancer and domestic violence
- HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
- Minority issues
- Arts and culture
Collectively, Macy’s, Inc. and its employees are also among the largest contributors to the United Way across the country.
A new program in 2010 – the My Macy’s District Grants program – provided funds to each of the 69 Macy’s operating districts which they could grant to local organizations. Mirroring our My Macy’s business strategy, which stresses local decisions that drive individual stores’ merchandise offerings, the My Macy’s District Grants program helps our local teams support the organizations and events that are important in their communities. In its initial year, more then 1,200 individual grants were awarded.
With the company’s Matching Gifts program, Macy’s, Inc. employees double their contributions through dollar-for-dollar matches from the Macy’s Foundation. In 2010, our associates contributed more than $4 million of personal funds to 3,200 nonprofit organizations across the nation. These associate gifts were doubled by the Macy’s Foundation Matching Gifts program.