Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Giving Initiatives

Education | Arts and culture | Health and human services | Civic and business

We provide monetary support and leadership through:
  • Texas Instruments corporate giving. We fund site-based grants benefiting local communities (primarily in the U.S. and in some international locations). This includes the TI Community Fund, created after the acquisition of National Semiconductor in late 2011. This donor-advised fund was formerly known as the National Semiconductor Foundation.
  • The Texas Instruments Foundation (TI Foundation). Funded by the company, this is a separate, 501(c)(3) organization. Its 10-member board meets quarterly to determine what grants to support.
Our primary focus for giving around the world is education. We also prioritize grants for arts and culture organizations (mainly those near our headquarters site), and health and human services to improve our communities.

Before investing, we evaluate the impact our grants will likely make and the specific goals for each initiative. We also consider our employees' involvement with specific organizations. For more information, see our giving guidelines.

The TI Foundation encourages U.S.-based employee and retiree donations by matching their support to eligible groups: up to $10,000 per person for education and $10,000 per person for arts and culture each year. The TI Foundation also matches U.S. employee and retiree volunteerism with a grant of up to $1,000 per employee/retiree each year to a qualified nonprofit organization.


Our commitment to excellence in education has been a cornerstone of our community involvement for decades. TI and the TI Foundation contribute millions of dollars in grants and other gifts each year to schools, colleges and educational programs that are designed to produce measurable, sustainable and replicable gains in student achievement.

TI and the TI Foundation granted $21 million to support pre-K through 12 school and university programs in 2012. This amount includes matching gifts and volunteer incentive program grants from directors, employees and retirees. The TI Community Fund granted $1.24 million to education programs near our sites.

For details on education investments, results and plans, see the dedicated Education section of this report.

Arts and culture

As a multinational corporation, TI is committed to embracing the arts, culture and heritage of its global workforce. We partner with arts and cultural organizations that impact our business environment and enrich the quality of life in our communities.

In the U.S., our corporate and foundation support of the arts is directed toward premier arts and culture organizations to enrich our headquarters community, making it an attractive place to live and work while enhancing the region's appeal to other multinational businesses.

TI and the TI Foundation invested $2.5 million to support arts and cultural groups and programs in 2012, which includes U.S. employee and retiree matching gifts and volunteer incentive program grants. These donations supported performing arts and museums, as well as educational outreach and performances for local schools.

TI and the TI Foundation were proud to support cornerstone arts organizations in the Dallas area during this economically challenging time. Major grants supported the Dallas Symphony Association, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Opera, Dallas Children's Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Zoological Society. In 2012, TI and the TI Foundation gave a combined $1 million to the Dallas Symphony Association, helping the organization achieve a new milestone for giving.

Additionally, the TI Foundation invested a total of $4.4 million in 2010 and 2011 in the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas, resulting in the naming of the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall.

Since the museum opened in December 2012, more than 250,000 visitors have toured the exhibit halls, including 40,000 children. Museum membership has grown from 6,000 households a year ago to 30,000 households. The TI Engineering and Innovation Hall is one of the most popular halls at the museum.

Health and human services

The TI Foundation's primary philanthropic partner for health and human services in the U.S. is the United Way. In the early 1960s, company founder J. Erik Jonsson helped oversee efforts by the American Red Cross and the Community Chest in Dallas to create what was then called the United Fund, which ultimately became the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

In 2012, the TI Foundation provided $3.1 million to United Way affiliates across the U.S., which was supplemented by $3.2 million in employee and retiree donations and corporate grants – resulting in a $6.3 million investment in lasting community improvements. Many employees throughout the U.S. also served as United Way volunteers and board members, including TI chairman, president and CEO Rich Templeton, who chaired the 2012 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas annual campaign.

Additionally, TI, the TI Foundation and TI Community Fund granted almost $2 million to support other health and human services and community programs in 2012, which includes volunteer incentive program grants.

Our employees also engage in giving campaigns that support health and human service interests in their local communities. For example:
  • TI and its employees contributed more than $65,000 and 426 employees participated in the North Texas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. TI was the largest contributor to the 2012 event. Other locations also supported breast cancer awareness including our site in Greenock, Scotland, where employees participated in a Moonlight Walk, raising $1,600. They also hosted a Wear It Pink Day to raise another $2,400.
  • TI and its employees contributed more than $160,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation chapter in Dallas by participating in their walk, ride, internal fundraising activities and an e-auction.
  • In Santa Clara, Calif., our employees donated $15,500 to the Family Giving Tree Back to School Drive, more than any other local company our size. The funds helped provide 900 backpacks and supplies to low-income students.
  • During the holidays, TI and its employees around the world gave thousands of dollars through clothes, toiletry and food drives for people in need. For example:
    • In the Philippines, employees visited with and donated gifts to 66 children living in a local orphanage.
    • A team in Scotland donated more than 150 presents for needy families through the Salvation Army.
    • Employees at our sites in Plano and Sherman, Texas, participated in holiday drives, assembling 700 gifts and donating more than $2,500.
  • In South Portland, Maine, 100 percent of employees donated desserts for the Preble Street Resource Center, a local soup kitchen and shelter, earning a $2,500 donation from the TI Community Fund. The South Portland team also sponsored the inaugural STRIVE 5-kilometer road race, raising more than $10,000 for academic programs in support of young adults with disabilities.

Civic and business

We invest in improving the quality of life in our communities, and support programs based on need or impact. In 2012, our company awarded $565,000 for programs that supported:
  • Fence-line communities near our sites.
  • Tree-planting/neighborhood-improvement projects.
  • Diversity programs.
Globally, our sites actively support community cleanup/restoration programs, sponsor road-safety initiatives, funded education and meals for underprivileged children, and cared for the elderly or disabled.