Education | Arts and culture | Health and human services | Civic and business
TI provides monetary support and leadership through:
The primary focus for TI giving around the world is education. We also prioritize grants for arts and culture organizations (primarily at our TI headquarters location) and health and human services to improve our local communities.
- Texas Instruments corporate giving. TI funds site-based grants benefiting local communities (including some international locations). This includes the Texas Instruments (TI) Community Fund, a donor-advised fund with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The fund, formerly called the National Semiconductor Foundation, was acquired in September 2011 as part of the purchase of National Semiconductor. TI Community Fund contribution data is not included in TI’s summary of 2011 giving results.)
- 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.
Before making investments, 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 for arts and culture each year.
TI’s 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 $14.6 million to support K-12 and university science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) engagement programs in 2011. This amount includes matching gifts from TI directors, employees and retirees. Total contributions from the TI Community Fund, which focused on education, are not included in TI’s summary of 2011 giving results.
Details on education investments, results and plans are provided in Education, a dedicated section of this report.
Arts and culture
As a multinational corporation, TI is committed to embracing the arts, culture and heritage of our 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., much of our corporate and foundation support 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 $2.26 million to support arts and cultural groups and programs in 2011, which includes U.S. employee and retiree matching gifts. 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, Dallas Opera, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Zoological Society.
In May 2011, the TI Foundation announced a $4.4 million gift for the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science currently under construction in downtown Dallas, resulting in the naming of the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall.
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 2011, the TI Foundation provided $2.1 million to United Way affiliates across the U.S., which was supplemented by $2.8 million in TI employee and retiree donations – resulting in a nearly $4.9 million investment in lasting community improvements. Many TI employees throughout the U.S. also served as United Way volunteers and board members.
Additionally, TI and the TI Foundation granted almost $1.9 million to support other health and human services programs in 2011. This support focused on agencies that addressed the greatest community needs.
TI employees also engage in giving campaigns that support health and human service interests in their local communities:
- TI and TI employees contributed more $55,000 and almost 400 participated in the North Texas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. TI was the largest contributor to the 2011 event. Other locations also supported breast cancer awareness including Greenock, Scotland, contributing more than $4,000 to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer group.
- TI and TI employees contributed $170,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation chapter in Dallas by participating in their walk, ride, internal fundraising activities and an e-auction.
- During the holidays, TI and TI employees around the world gave thousands of dollars through clothes, toiletry and food drives for people in need. For example, in TI Silicon Valley, more than 2,300 gifts (valued at more than $57,000) were purchased for the Family Giving Tree; Second Harvest Food Bank received $7,700. In Maine, TI employees donated almost 13,000 pounds of food to Good Shepherd Food Bank and more than 100 coats, hats and gloves. In Freising, Germany, more than 150 employees sponsored children from a local orphanage and provided gifts.
Civic and business
TI invests in improving the quality of life in our communities, and supports programs based on need or impact. In 2011, our company awarded almost $600,000 for programs that supported:
Globally, TI sites actively supported community cleanup/restoration programs, sponsored road safety initiatives, funded education and meals for underprivileged children, and cared for the elderly or disabled.
- Fence-line communities near TI sites.
- Tree-planting/neighborhood-improvement projects.
- Diversity programs.