United Way & the Annual Employee Giving Campaign

By Polly O’Brien Morrow

United Way and Pitney Bowes have a long, rich history of partnering together to build stronger communities. In fact, Pitney Bowes was the driving force supporting the development of the United Way out of the Stamford Community Chest Organization in our Stamford, Connecticut World Headquarters community. The first Stamford “United Fund” community campaign (1955) was chaired by PB’s Harry Nordberg, and Walter Wheeler, Jr., led the industrial advance gifts portion of the campaign. This campaign set an all-time national record for federated fundraising. Both the kick-off event and victory dinner for the first campaign (and many subsequent ones) were hosted at PB’s headquarters.

PB Chairman and President Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. served as national chairman of the United Community Campaigns of America. Wheeler even appeared on national television in September 1965 with President Lyndon Baines Johnson on behalf of the then 2,200 United Funds and Councils in North America. The company is a recipient of the United Way’s highest corporate honor, the Spirit of America Award. Currently, Mark Ouellette, VP, Global Sales Operations represents Pitney Bowes on the board of the United Way of Western Connecticut serving Danbury and Stamford, and Brian Diehl, VP, Global Manufacturing and Logistics represents the company on the board of the Valley United Way serving Shelton, Connecticut.

United Way Worldwide and local United Ways around the world have been key partners for our Global Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy programs for decades, especially for our Employee Giving Campaign (with active campaigns in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India and Japan) and our Dedication to Education volunteer program.

This year’s Giving Campaign is currently under way. Through this program, the company facilitates employee charitable giving through payroll deduction in several countries, and the Pitney Bowes Foundation matches employee giving in all participating locations. And because the company pays all administrative costs, 100% of our employees’ contributions and the Pitney Bowes Foundation’s matching funds go directly to charity.

Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference. Collectively, we gave $2.7 million to more than 1,800 charities last year.

“The scope of Pitney Bowes’ contributions to United Way cannot be understated. Pitney employees have dedicated their volunteer time, their treasure and their advocacy in a way that sets it apart from other companies,” said Kim Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Western CT.

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