Local community support:
Helping those in need
In addition to our focus on education, we also provide grants to meet pressing community needs through disaster relief and health and human services organizations.
In times of crisis, we provide support to employees and family members. Within the United States, we do this through the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund. Outside the U.S., we conduct global appeals to support organizations such as the Red Cross / Red Crescent Society, with matching funds provided by the Pitney Bowes Foundation.
Pitney Bowes Relief Fund
Founded in 1992, the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund is a U.S. public charity that offers support to employees, family members and others whose lives have been disrupted by natural disasters or personal misfortunes. The Fund is financed by employee contributions and matching funds from our annual U.S. Employee Giving Campaign. To date the Fund has distributed more than $3 million to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical care while also providing referrals to community-based resources for additional support. Since Pitney Bowes pays for all administrative expenses, 100% of employee contributions and matching funds go directly to support those in need.
In extraordinary circumstances such as 2017’s disastrous hurricanes, we go beyond our regular channels of support to assist other nonprofit organizations in their rescue, relief and recovery efforts. Last year the Relief Fund provided support for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria through Americares, Mercy Corps, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and (for Puerto Rico aid) Water Mission. Our response also included an in-kind donation of $1.1 million worth of products to Good360 to help individuals and nonprofit organizations recover and rebuild.
In addition to our long-time collaboration with the Red Cross on blood drives, we also continue to support their mission to provide lifesaving services to those affected by natural disasters and personal tragedies. Our Chief Innovation Officer, Roger Pilc, serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross, and we regularly support the chapter’s annual Red Cross Ball.
Providing Access to Food, Shelter and Healthcare
In addition to our focus on literacy and education, we recognize that children in low-income families are often at risk of having other fundamental needs unmet. For this reason, the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund and Pitney Bowes Foundation regularly provide funding to organizations that help individuals and families gain access to healthy, nourishing food, affordable medical and mental health care, shelter for those in transition, and special services for women and children at risk. An example is our long history of partnership with United Way to ensure the health and well-being of our communities through programs such as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) that target support to individuals and families facing hardships. We also provide support to a number of local food banks and shelters.