TELUS named most outstanding philanthropic corporation with global award
International award presented to TELUS for innovative philanthropic initiatives
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor TELUS Corporation, a Canadian telecommunications company, with the 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation at its Awards for Philanthropy event in
"A lot of companies talk the talk about philanthropy, but TELUS really makes giving and volunteering a priority," said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. "Their approach to philanthropy and their demonstrated commitment to employee involvement through their charitable giving and volunteerism programs sets the standards for corporations around the world. They are truly deserving of this honor."
The award honors a corporation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement and motivation of others to take on leadership roles in their communities. Guided by its motto, "We Give Where We Live," TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed
"The TELUS team is deeply honoured to be recognized for our culture of giving," said
TELUS has also taken an innovative role in supporting sports and recreation groups, a sector not always viewed by the public as charitable, but which nevertheless play a key role in educating young people and developing life skills. Some of the causes the corporation have supported include I CAN Play Soccer, a soccer skills program for autistic children and their siblings, and POWER, a collection of interactive performances by culturally diverse youth in collaboration with professional artists, as well as Gymnastics BC and the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society.
"TELUS' rich diversity in its giving - and the impact its support is having on communities across
A key aspect of TELUS' philanthropic initiatives is the collaborative involvement of its employees and retirees. TELUS encourages personal employee charitable giving and involvement through a number of means, including an extraordinary program that matches donations, dollar for dollar, given by any employee or retiree to over 50,000 registered Canadian charities. In addition, employees and retirees who record at least 50 hours of volunteer time as an individual can apply for a
Central to TELUS' realization of philanthropic giving, nine TELUS Community Boards - Victoria,
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 30,000 members in 2007 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, go to www.afpnet.org.
Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) with offices in