Corporate Citizenship Report 2012 - Giving and Volunteering

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In FY11 and FY12, Oracle donated more than US$4 billion in in-kind resources to education institutions and US$23 million in cash to nonprofit organizations.



In-Kind Grants

In-Kind Grants

Cash Grants

Cash Grants


Oracle's giving centers on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. We also offer grants to organizations with which we volunteer, helping to improve the quality of life in communities where our employees live and work.

Following are some of the organizations and programs that received Oracle grants in FY11 and FY12:

  • Secondary Schools and Colleges/Universities: The Oracle Academy provides in-kind grants of software, hosted technology, curriculum, faculty training, support, and certification resources to secondary and higher education institutions for teaching use. Faculty can insert these resources into computer science and business programs, ensuring that students gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce. (For more detail, see the Oracle Academy tab in the Education section of this report.)
  • Alice: Alice is a free platform from Carnegie Mellon University designed to awaken students' interest in computer programming. Oracle funds the continued development of Alice, which introduces students—ages 8-22—to object-oriented programming in a manner that emphasizes storytelling. Downloaded more than 1 million times a year, Alice is used by thousands of schools globally and has been adopted by 19 percent of US colleges and universities.
  • Greenfoot: Greenfoot is a Java development environment designed to help beginners transition from drag-and-drop environments like Alice into pure Java. Developed at the University of Kent and LaTrobe University, Greenfoot emphasizes visualization tools that ease the transition into more advanced Java tools such as BlueJ, NetBeans, and Eclipse. Greenfoot serves students age 14 and up, and engages more than 350,000 new users annually.
  • Khan Academy: This online learning platform helps students of all ages master core academic subjects, including math and science. Oracle support helps make available free, self-paced education, accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The Khan Academy Website offers video lessons, practice exercises, assessments, personalized progress maps for students, and analytics for teachers.
  • San Mateo County Office of Education: Oracle funded the completion of a new, state-of-the-art STEM Center that provides research-based STEM professional development for educators. The center is evolving into one of California's premier teacher training facilities.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: One of the largest food banks in the United States, Second Harvest provides food to nearly 250,000 Californians. Oracle contributes to the Food Assistance Program, which provides 26.6 million pounds of food—more than 20 million meals—to residents in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinics: Oracle is a founding member of the Stanford Hospital Corporate Partners Program. Oracle's grant of US$25 million over 10 years supports the development of a new hospital at Stanford Medical Center.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science: This internationally renowned science museum is also a center for research, curriculum development, and teacher professional development. With support from Oracle, the Hall created KidzScience, an after-school program consisting of four hands-on science kits that map to primary school science standards. More than 45,000 students globally benefit from the KidzScience curriculum.
  • Select Bay Area School Districts and Educational Nonprofits: We fund a variety of programs in the San Francisco Bay Area that offer teacher professional development in math and science, support the integration of technology into classrooms, provide STEM-related education, and align STEM curricula to the Common Core standards.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs: Oracle supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula to deliver academic support programs to students living in disadvantaged communities on the San Francisco Peninsula. We also contribute to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

To review our complete list of cash grant recipients, click here.

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Matching Gifts and Event Sponsorships

Oracle matches employees' charitable contributions up to US$300 per employee per year. In FY12, we issued matching gift payments to more than 2,800 nonprofit organizations.

Oracle supports charitable fundraising events on a selective basis.

Disaster Relief

When a disaster occurs, Oracle matches employee contributions to disaster relief dollar-for-dollar. To make a significant impact and speed aid to those in need, we typically select one or two nonprofit organizations working in the disaster zone as recipients of our funds.

In FY11 and FY12 Oracle provided significant contributions to disaster relief efforts in many areas of the world, including:

  • Japan: In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, Oracle sent relief donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • Pakistan: In the wake of the 2011 floods, Oracle sent relief donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • New Zealand: In the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Oracle sent relief donations to the Australian Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal 2011.
  • Australia: In the wake of the 2011 floods, Oracle sent relief donations to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and the Salvation Army's Queensland and New South Wales Flood Relief Appeal.
Awards and Recognition
Silicon Valley Business Journal

In FY12, the Silicon Valley Business Journal ranked Oracle #7 on its list of leading corporate philanthropists.

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