Texas Instruments

Community commitment


Employee-led volunteerism | Results | Looking ahead

TI’s founders instilled a spirit of giving back to the communities where we have operations; this continues to be an important part of the company’s culture today. TI offers volunteer training to employees and encourages them to get involved and make a difference.

In 2013, we expanded our community involvement programs to inspire more employees to make an impact in their local communities. This included deliberate efforts to make it easier for employees to connect with volunteer opportunities and to help managers lead by example.

In China, for example, TI leaders’ active involvement in community efforts has helped create a workplace culture of giving back to the community.

In the U.S., workgroup-sponsored volunteer events encouraged more teamwork and community engagement. TI employees participated in more than 80 service projects during the fall with United Way agencies in the Dallas, Texas, area.

In other achievements during the year:

  • We deployed a communications campaign to build awareness and understanding among mid-level managers that volunteerism can help build stronger teams, improve leadership skills, and increase job satisfaction. We made it easier for them to pass along volunteer opportunities to their employees and participate in community service projects themselves.
  • We continued growing our volunteer program at major sites in China, including hosting a job shadow day for students, planting trees, and holding disaster-relief collection drives.
  • We also expanded training and support to sites in Arizona, Maine, California, Texas and Malaysia to increase employee volunteerism and involvement in those communities.
  • Employees were offered more strategic volunteer opportunities with TI and TI Foundation grant recipients that support education and community investment programs. For example, we:
    • Provided on-site volunteer opportunities for about 2,000 manufacturing employees in North Texas, who assembled more than 3,800 personal hygiene, science, birthday, educational, parenting and care kits for various agencies funded by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Employees also wrote personal notes of encouragement to kit recipients.
    • Delivered 550 meals to Meals on Wheels clients on Giving Tuesday. A quartet from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a group of employees cheered on the efforts of more than 100 volunteers.
    • Collaborated with Reading Partners, a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills in North Texas. Approximately 20 employees in Texas and California also read to children as part of United Way’s Read Across America Day in honor of children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
    • Held a volunteer fair and rally in North Texas to encourage employees to volunteer and help solve critical community needs, especially related to education. Other TI sites across the U.S. also held volunteer fairs throughout the year.

Employee-led volunteerism

In addition to the community involvement opportunities that TI facilitates, our employees support causes that are meaningful to them. Here are some their efforts across the globe in 2013.

  • North Texas employees volunteered 260 hours during a month-long robotics summer camp in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. They helped students explore the cutting-edge world of biomedical engineering.
  • Employees at the DMOS6 manufacturing site in North Texas assembled student activity bags to donate to The Science Place and promote science education to local children.
  • TI interns helped a Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore clean and organize storage units.
  • An inspired employee formed a volunteer committee at the Sunnyvale, California, sales office, coordinating seven volunteer events and recruiting 106 volunteers to complete 300 hours serving low-income and homeless families and individuals.
  • The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) committee in Tucson, Arizona, facilitated nine events designed to ignite student interest and success in STEM education. Members directed their outreach to underrepresented groups.
  • TI Korea employees volunteered at the Sarangmaru soup kitchen to provide a free breakfast to homeless and low-income people. The team also donated used clothes and food to help protect the homeless in winter.
  • TI Shanghai (China) volunteers organized a weeklong series of activities with the theme of Smart Your Life, Green Our World to educate other employees about the importance of environmental protection.
  • TI Chengdu (China) volunteers collected school supplies for students impacted by the Sichuan province earthquake.
  • Volunteers at TI’s Baguio (Philippines) site:
    • Supported the Angat Bata Program, which provides local street children with monthly financial educational assistance, life skills training, environmental awareness, tutorial sessions, Christmas gifts and more. Over the past decade, the program has sent 710 youths to school.
    • Provided 76,000 healthy meals, hygiene kits and medicine to children who would otherwise go without proper nutrition and medical care.
    • Provided counseling and 46 boxes of relief supplies to Typhoon Haiyan victims.
    • Donated time and gifts to help local low-income families and single parents.
    • Planted trees and hosted waterway cleanup events.
  • TI Malacca (Malaysia) employees participated in the My Beautiful Malaysia program, aimed at promoting a culture of volunteerism, especially among youth. They planted trees, painted buildings, and improved landscapes.
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
  • TI Freising (Germany) hosted 22 girls as part of a nationwide Girls’ Day in Germany to provide students the opportunity to learn more about technical careers.
  • About 20 percent of TI Israel employees volunteered at Shiur Acher, a nonprofit that expands opportunities for disadvantaged children in the Israeli public school system. They conducted four courses for 133 school students in their own fields of expertise (e.g., software programming for beginners and technological revolution and innovation).


In 2013, TI:

  • Enables employees to contribute 61,000 hours of their time, valued at $1.4 million, to community organizations. During the three weeks of the holiday giving program alone, more than 423 volunteers contributed 1,200 hours of service.
  • Increased tracked volunteer hours by 33.3 percent, exceeding our 25 percent goal. We also increased matching gift/Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) participation by 115 percent, far above our 50 percent target.
  • Provided almost $400,000 through the TI Foundation to match the hours employee and retiree volunteers contributed to eligible nonprofit agencies.
  • Received 82 nominations for TI Founders Community Service Awards to recognize outstanding employee volunteers.
  • Trained 125 community ambassadors in the U.S. to help employees be more effective board members.
  • Hosted fun and interactive volunteer fairs at U.S. sites that attracted nearly 750 employees.

Looking ahead

In 2014, TI will launch Get Involved, a portal for U.S. employee and retiree giving and volunteering. It will allow employees to:

  • Search for and find volunteer opportunities and events.
  • Donate to qualified education or arts groups and receive a match from the TI Foundation from $50 up to $10,000 per category each year.
  • Track volunteer hours. Through the VIP, the TI Foundation will provide a grant of $250 for every 20 volunteer hours served, up to $1,000 per year.

Additionally, we plan to incorporate feedback from an employee survey to develop targeted community involvement plans. We will also conduct employee focus groups to discuss which nonprofits they support and identify barriers to participation.

Other plans for the year include:

  • Increasing employee volunteer hours globally by 25 percent.
  • Revamping our TI Founders Community Service Awards program to recognize highly committed employees from each region.
  • Continuing to provide on-site volunteer opportunities for employees, primarily in North Texas.
  • Continuing to offer our community ambassador program, and train employees and retirees.
  • Continuing to work with the United Way to address community needs and support volunteerism.