GE was one of the first corporates to develop an employee volunteering programme (in 1981), and has continued to lead the way ever since – GE employees in the UK gave 61,179 hours in 2013, with 756 projects delivered across 4 main areas – health, community, education and the environment.
GE Volunteers is a global network of “good people doing great things”, supported by GE businesses and corporate resources and providing grants of $1k - $20k. GE Volunteers' 'Time to Give' volunteering guidelines recommend an employee is allowed up to 16 hours a year to undertake GE-authorised volunteering projects. At present around 22% of GE employees take part in at least one GE Volunteer project per year.
In addition to GE Volunteers, GE Foundation (the philanthropic arm of GE) is a US-based charity, which began making grants in 1953 to non-profit organisations, and continues to focus on health, education and disaster relief, as well as supporting volunteering through its ‘Matching Gifts’ programme (providing a 1:1 match for personal giving by GE UK employees).