Time Warner believes that giving employees the flexibility to broaden their own experience through volunteer programs is essential to creating a highly creative and motivated workforce. To help in this regard, the company has in place a number of programs and partnerships with nonprofit organizations to foster and support employee volunteerism. Our company-wide employee giving program, IMPACT: A Pact to Act, offers employees a variety of ways to give back including matching grants, paid time off to volunteer, days of service, walk-a-thons, and onsite volunteer training. In addition, employees can take advantage of our Nonprofit Board Training program where they learn about responsibilities of effective nonprofit board service. After completion of the program, participants may be matched with nonprofit boards to apply their skills.
Across the company, many of the divisions and brands offer tailored volunteer programs for their employees. Turner Broadcasting System's Turner Volunteers program matches employees with community-based organizations that need volunteer assistance, often supplementing the financial and in-kind contributions made under the Turner Voices philanthropic program. The high point of the volunteer effort comes on Turner Volunteer Day each year, when employees tackle specific projects for community-based organizations. Projects have included restoring sports fields at schools and mentoring high school students at community cultural centers.
Warner Bros. currently partners with Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC), and selects its mentoring program participants from high schools in South Central Los Angeles. Students come to the studio twice a month to spend two hours with employee volunteers to build self esteem and confidence, as well as learn and refine life skills. They are also encouraged to explore job opportunities at the studio in finance, technical operations and facilities management, such as through "Job Shadow Days." Warner Bros. also provides $500 scholarships to select students in the program to help them with educational expenses.
Matching & Volunteer Grants
All Time Warner divisions match U.S.-based employee contributions to nonprofit organizations, within limits and ratios set by each division. In addition, some divisions also support the nonprofit organizations where employees volunteer for at least 30 hours per year by providing a cash grant of up to $500 to the organization.
Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards
For over 30 years, Time Warner has recognized employees who have made exceptional contributions to community service, and in 2014 the awards were named in honor of Time Warner’s former Chairman and CEO, Richard D. Parsons, a national role model for civic and community service. The Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards, which are presented each June at a special luncheon in New York City, include a generous company donation to the nonprofit organization of the winner's choosing.
In keeping with our tradition of public service, Time Warner responded to some of the world's most recent catastrophic disasters with financial and in-kind support. Time Warner and its employees donated close to $1 million to the relief and recovery efforts of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti through an employee matching grants campaign. In addition, Time Warner's brands and audiences also responded to the disaster by amplifying the message. For example, a CNN telethon raised funds to aid those affected by this disaster, and CNN continued its coverage of the plight of the Haitian people through such documentaries as Soledad O'Brien's Rescued, which focuses on the lives of two Haitian orphans.
Time Warner and its employees also gave approximately $1.5 million to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. This amount included a portion of DVD sales from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Hereafter.