Wherever we operate, Williams is recognized for our philanthropy and employee commitment to our communities. The year 2016 was no different as Williams’ volunteerism and giving directly touched lives in 45 states. We’re honored to encourage our employees to give back as we support all those communities we call home.
Here’s a closer look at Williams in 2016:
- Hundreds of employees gave back through community volunteerism by serving on nonprofit boards, as school mentors, STEM event judges, volunteer first responders, Little League coaches, and more
- Through Williams’ Homegrown Giving, employee volunteers directed nearly $500,000 in grants to nonprofits they serve, while employees and retirees received $1.7 million in Williams’ Matching Grants to support their organizations
- $14.4 million was provided by Williams in the form of total grants, gifts, and matching grants
- $4 million was contributed to local United Ways
- $2 million was given for environmental and civic betterment
- $1+ million was invested in education and STEM education outreach
- Over $100,000 was provided to disaster relief efforts where our employees live
Our community giving programs are focused on the following:
Matching Gifts. Williams matches personal donations to eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, matching dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 per employee and board member and up to $5,000 per retiree, per calendar year.
Homegrown Giving. Homegrown Giving grants support eligible nonprofit organizations and/or schools where Williams employees volunteer their time. Grants are geared toward operating support, specific projects, sponsorships, and education programs. Homegrown Giving grants range from $100-$2,500.
United Way. Williams has a long history of supporting United Ways across the country. In Tulsa alone, Williams has raised more than $1 million for 27 consecutive years. The company’s employees, retirees, and board members contribute to United Ways, with Williams providing a dollar-for-dollar match for pledges and matches for fundraisers according to Williams’ guidelines.
Volunteer Network. Employee volunteerism has long been an important element at Williams, advancing trust with key stakeholders, strengthening our reputation in the community, and supporting employee development. Williams encourages employees to use their time, talents, and resources to make a difference in the community, whether through volunteering for a Williams-sponsored event or with a nonprofit organization that aligns with their passions.