The folks at Xilinx have announced that they will commemorate the company's 25th anniversary with a special $250K charitable contribution to organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry.
Based upon their stellar reputations and strong presence in regions where the company operates, Xilinx has chosen three charitable organizations: Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest (http://feedingamerica.org); Give2Asia (http://www.give2asia.org); and the European Federation of Food Banks (http://www.eurofoodbank.org). Altogether, these groups serve over 40 countries in EMEA and Asia Pacific, plus all 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
"Many in our communities are especially in need during these challenging economic times," said Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov. "In keeping with a longstanding tradition of giving time, resources and dollars to the communities in which our employees live and work, we thought it most fitting to mark our 25 anniversary with a charitable donation in the name of our employees that would help families in a very fundamental way."
Upon founding Xilinx in 1984, co-founders Bernie Vonderschmitt, Ross Freeman, and Jim Barnett were determined to build a company that would not only introduce a revolutionary new semiconductor technology – the field programmable gate array (FPGA) – to the market place but would run its business based upon a core set of values that would balance the needs of customers, employees and shareholders. Over the past 25 years, community involvement inside and outside the company has been an integral component of the Xilinx culture, with a goal to create a great place to work for employees and to improve quality of life in local communities.
About Xilinx community outreach programs
Among the key community outreach programs Xilinx and its employees participate in are the following:
- Grants: Tax-exempt financial contributions to 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organizations. Organizations qualifying under this section include educational, amateur athletic, scientific or literary groups, organizations testing for public safety or organizations involved in prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
- In-Kind Contribution: Donation of goods or services, rather than of cash or appreciated property.
- Outreach: Programs that provide goods and services to the community, such as Second Harvest Food Bank and InnVision.
- Volunteerism: Performing an act of kindness—freely giving of one's talent, time, and effort for the simple fulfillment of community expectations.
- Sponsorships: Financial contributions for 501(c)(3) non-profit organization programs, in which a portion of the sponsorship pays for goods or services received (e.g., a donation to a charitable event for which a meal or entertainment is received by the donor).
- Xilinx Educational Ecosystem: Supporting global elementary through secondary education. Xilinx brings together leaders in business, education and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement programs focused on the attributes and developmental assets that foster leadership in a global society, while developing youth for the workforce of the future.