Xilinx Community Fund Europe
Xilinx, a major US technology multinational with over 3,600 employees globally, established its first operations in Dublin in 1995. Xilinx, an organisation who prides itself on ensuring Corporate Social Responsibility at every level was seeking a way to engage and instil in its employees the company culture of giving and to create sustainable, long-term impact nationally and in their local communities. Through giving as a corporate and creating a fund with The Community Foundation for Ireland, investing over €750,000 nationally, Xilinx has yielded impressive results. Talbot National School in Clondalkin, where over 50% of families are on social welfare, is now on the European Mathletics Leader Board and has achieved the Digital School Status Award. This is just one of the many local and national initiatives that have benefited from the Xilinx Community Fund Europe.
In the 15 years since it was founded, The Community Foundation for Ireland has developed strategic partnerships with a number of corporate donors. One of the first partners, Xilinx, won The Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year 2016 Award in recognition of 10 years strategic community partnership in Ireland for giving as a corporate.
In total, over $2m has been invested in Ireland to date by Xilinx, primarily in projects promoting linked-learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics and also around other issues which matter to employees and the community surrounding the Xilinx campus. Employees give through their own voluntarism, personal contributions from payroll, in-house donations and mentoring with local partners.
What was the need and how did The Community Foundation for Ireland and Xilinx work together to meet it?
Xilinx’s community engagement mission is to improve the quality of life in communities, while imparting pride and a passion for excellence in their employees.
“It’s about Corporate Social Responsibility on a variety of levels and intersecting components to solve the problem. You have to look at your environment and your community and decide what works best for them to cause sustainable and long-lasting impacts.” Patty Nation, Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement, Xilinx.
Xilinx’s corporate giving programme in Ireland is operated through a three-way partnership between the company, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Ireland . Xilinx Ireland aligns its giving with Xilinx Global, focusing on grant giving and volunteering, mainly through The Xilinx Educational Ecosystem, which carries funding through primary, secondary and third levels. In excess of €750,000 has been granted through The Xilinx Community Fund Europe to over 130 local, national and international charities, community groups and educational institutions so far. A further 25% of The Xilinx Community Fund Europe has supported health and wellbeing projects, from cancer research to The Children’s Hospice. Other major issues prioritised by Xilinx employees include emergency relief for international disasters, homelessness, poverty and disadvantage in Ireland.
The Community Foundation has a working relationship with over 3,000 community groups in Ireland and abroad. This network provides Xilinx with the local knowledge, context and introductions to engage quickly with the variety of stakeholders. Equally, The Foundation’s understanding of the local landscape of national charities, educational institutions, community groups and government programmes assists Xilinx to comprehensively assess needs and build upon existing infrastructures and initiatives with a view to creating effective and long-lasting impacts.
How did the fund work?
Xilinx prides itself on a very involved staff. Employees give through payroll deductions and in-house donations and are also eager to share their knowledge and intellectual capital through mentoring and volunteering with local partners. The company matches both employees’ funds raised and volunteer hours logged, increasing the amount of grant-funding available and greatly enhancing employee engagement and loyalty.
The Community Foundation for Ireland Grants Team works with Xilinx engineers in Dublin who voluntarily coordinate The Fund with employees internally. Specifically, The Community Foundation for Ireland assisted Xilinx to:
What difference has the fund made?
Xilinx works with a number of different organisations in Ireland, one of which is Talbot National School. Since their involvement with Xilinx over the last 10 years, the school has prioritised educational development through technology. They have access to the Internet in all classrooms, computers throughout the school, learning support rooms with laptops and interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. Perhaps the most impressive achievement cited by the school are improved Drumcondra Numeracy and Literacy Test Scores, being a regular contender for pole position on the European Mathletics Leader board, three science excellence awards along with a very active website publishing children’s work and achieving the Digital School Status Award. Xilinx has also assisted the school’s local youth and football clubs as well as its feeder post primary school.
Who else doe The Community Foundation work with?
The Community Foundation for Ireland manages philanthropy programmes for many corporate organisations including Xilinx, SAP, FedEx, eBay and Medtronic.
Would your organisation like to set up a fund with The Community Foundation for Ireland?
If you would like to contact our Fund Development team directly:
Jackie Harrison, Head of Development: firstname.lastname@example.org 01 874 7354
Niall O’ Sullivan, Fund Development Adviser : email@example.com 01 874 7354