Communities: Volunteering

TI's passion for community service is woven into its cultural fabric.

We encourage both employees and retirees to contribute their time and expertise to benefit the communities where they live and work.

We've found that when employees give their time, it not only benefits the causes they support, but also enables them to:

  • Help solve real community problems.
  • Explore their interests outside the workplace.
  • Contribute creative and professional expertise, which can be more meaningful than simply providing financial support.
  • Establish community contacts for personal and professional networking.
  • Help diverse groups at home and abroad.

The spirit of volunteerism benefits our company as well, by:

  • Facilitating teamwork and collaboration.
  • Instilling a sense of pride among employees.
  • Helping attract and retain a quality workforce.
  • Allowing us to serve in leadership roles in the communities where we operate.
  • Giving our company a reputation for being a good neighbor.

Since TI was founded, our employees have served their communities. Over time, we have invested additional resources to support worthy community programs, especially United Way, community leadership and employee-driven volunteerism.

We encourage community involvement and promote volunteer opportunities within our workforce year-round. We currently have no formal policy that limits volunteering time. We leave it up to employees and their managers to determine if activities can be supported during work hours.

We recognize outstanding volunteers with annual TI Founders Community Service Awards. Winners receive recognition and a $1,000 donation in their honor to the nonprofit where they volunteered.

In recent years, the TI Foundation introduced its Volunteer Incentive Program. This program matches volunteer hours of active and retired employees with a grant to the organization where they volunteered.

Retirees

Community service does not end when our employees retire. In 1999, 50 retirees saw a need to continue communications, education and community involvement, and subsequently formed the TI Alumni Association (TIAA). Today, the organization has more than 2,000 members and serves as a resource for networking, health care and benefits education, and community involvement.

The TIAA continues to increase its emphasis on volunteerism through its Community Involvement team, which plans regular volunteer events for members. They share business and project-management expertise; donate countless hours of their time to charitable, civic and educational causes; and fundraise for causes important to them.

United Way

In the U.S., we primarily coordinate volunteer projects with the United Way and its service provider agencies. This organization is able to identify key community needs, match volunteer opportunities with those willing to help, and measure our collective impact.

Community leadership

Our employees are often asked to serve and lead nonprofits, state and local councils, and business groups. Nonprofit agencies need board members who are well-prepared to strategically direct programs and resources.

It takes experience and education to be a successful board member. That's why we develop employees to be strong community ambassadors by offering courses on nonprofit legal obligations, fundraising and other basic tenets of board service in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management.

We currently offer in-person classes in Dallas, and make online training available for other U.S. employees. All employees can access tips and guidance on effective board membership from our internal volunteerism website.

Employee-driven volunteerism

Throughout the world, employees support a variety of community programs, whether they plant trees, mentor children, or help disadvantaged students succeed. Our global initiatives are numerous and spotlighted here.