Employee giving program
Bell is also committed to encourage our team members’ values and aspirations by actively augmenting the support they provide to a wide range of interests that go beyond the corporate focus on mental health. Through our Employee Giving Program, Bell matches donations that team members make to United Way/Centraide, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Canadian universities and colleges.
The company covers all administrative costs of the Employee Giving Program, which means that, because most contributions are made through payroll deduction, 100% of the funds go to the charity. Bell also provides grants to charities based on and in recognition of the volunteer time commitments of team members themselves.
Through the Employee Giving Program, Bell team members and pensioners donated $2.2 million to charities in 2016. Collectively, our team devoted more than 336,000 hours of volunteer time to build stronger communities through their support of sport and charitable organizations. Throughout the year, Bell volunteers could be found building homes, putting care packages together, cleaning up community centres, fundraising, and collecting toys and school supplies for kids, to name just a few of their activities.
Bell is also a founding partner of Kids Help Phone, supporting the mental health and well-being of young people. Employee volunteers continue to help organize and participate in the annual fundraising event, Walk So Kids Can Talk. In 2016, Bell Canada, Bell Media, Bell Aliant and The Source team members canvassed for pledges and participated in local walks, raising a total of $317,246. Since the event began in 2002, Bell team members have raised more than $10.5 million.