Yesterday morning I attended the San Francisco Business Times' annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards Summit. Unveiling this year's top 65 Bay Area corporate givers highlighted the event. I have included an abridged list of the Top 15 companies, ranked by local cash contributions, below. The complete list is provided in the San Francisco Business Times current edition and is available for reference use in our library now.
- Google, Inc.
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Chevron Corp.
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Safeway, Inc.
- Bank of America, Corp.
- Intel Corp.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- PG&E Corp.
- Hewlett-Packard Co.
- Gap, Inc.
- Applied Materials, Inc.
- Genentech, Inc.
I think it's important to note that there were quite a few newcomers to the 2011 list, including Google, Inc. (#1); Visa, Inc. (#20); Juniper Networks, Inc. (#22); Sandisk Corp. (#26); Rambus, Inc. (#56); Cupertino Electric, Inc. (#61); Circle Bank (#62); McGuire & Hester (#64); and Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. (#65).
The next part of the awards presentation was devoted to the "Beyond the Check" awards, which are designed to look beyond the cash donations to a company's voluntarism, special programs and innovation. Here is a list of those awards:
- Community Health Partner: McKesson
- Education Partner of the Year: Shorenstein Co.
- Community Partnership in Sustainability: Hanson Bridgett
- Community Change and Impact in Philanthropy: Deloitte
This event is one-of-a-kind because it brings community partners and corporate partners together under one roof to celebrate Bay Area corporate philanthropy, as well as discuss how we can tackle issues facing our communities even better. After the unveiling of the top 65, an executive panel shared their views on balancing social responsibility with bottom line accountability and explained how they reach their individual corporate giving decisions.
Executive Panelists included:
- Sandra R. Hernandez, M.D., CEO, San Francisco Foundation
- Carla Javits, President, REDF
- Antonio Manning, Regional Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Philanthropy
- Linda Padon, General Manager, Corporate Public Policy, Chevron
- Terry Hermiston, Vice President of Global Biologics Research, Bayer HealthCare
Be sure to stop by the Foundation Center library and take a look at the special print supplement of Corporate Philanthropy 2011--and learn more about the Bay Area's most generous corporate citizens.