Promoting vibrant, healthy and caring communities creates the best possible foundation for our success today and in the future.
Harris and its employees have a long history of engaging with the communities where we live and work.
Harris focuses its philanthropic efforts in three areas:
Impacting our communities and talent pipeline by strengthening organizations that further Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
Assisting our nation’s veterans, service members and first responders by helping to meet their critical needs and those of their families.
Creating vibrant communities through targeted financial investments and employee volunteerism in critical areas of need.
From 2012 through 2016, Harris and its employees donated $21 million through the following programs:
Grants and Gift Matching
Grants and gift matching programs are supported by the Harris Foundation. Formed in 1952, the foundation provides funding from a corporate perspective and plays a primary role in our company’s philanthropic activities.
A Board of Trustees, consisting of members elected to three-year terms, governs the Foundation. The Trustees review funding proposals throughout the fiscal year for support to our communities. The Foundation’s funding priorities are STEM education, charitable organizations that align with our mission-critical customers, and select local civic, cultural and health/welfare organizations.
The Harris Gift Matching Program was established to encourage good citizenship on the part of Harris employees through support of charitable organizations that benefit local communities and to broaden financial support of educational institutions in which employees have an interest and deem worthy of support. The Harris Foundation matches employee contributions to eligible charitable organizations and educational institutions up to an aggregate of $10,000 per employee per fiscal year.
The foundation also supports universities with funding to create world-class learning environments, supporting student organizations, sponsoring special events and encouraging employee participation on advisory boards. In addition, we devote funding to student organizations that promote academic and professional success among minority engineering students.
A sample of the schools supported by the Harris Foundation in recent years includes the Florida Institute of Technology, University of Florida, Purdue, Villanova, Rochester Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, the University of Michigan and the University of Puerto Rico.
In recognition of these significant contributions to engineering education at universities across the U.S., Harris received the 2016 Industry Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA).
A skilled new generation of technologists is essential to our long-term business growth. In addition to its focus on colleges and universities, the Harris Foundation provides financial support to qualified educational programs in grades K-12 that focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many of our employees also work with their local schools and youth programs as mentors and tutors to help promote our platform of STEM education.
Harris annually provides two scholarships to children of Harris employees who qualify as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students enter this academic competition in October of their junior year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at their high school location.
Harris partners with over 450 non-profit organizations that represent a broad cross-section of social and cultural services. These range from meeting basic needs for safety, food and hygiene; providing support to veterans, first responders and their families; and supporting STEM initiatives.
Our largest charitable campaign each year is for the United Way. Harris employees augment the annual campaign with individual and team volunteer initiatives that provide additional financial support, as well as food and basic hygiene products, to families in need.
In 2016, Harris launched an enterprise-wide service initiative called HEART – Harris Employees Actively Responding Together. HEART provides a single platform for the company’s wide-ranging community and volunteer efforts around the globe.
HEART features an online tracking portal with volunteer opportunities; a Community Affairs Network of local HEART volunteers; guides, templates and grants for employee initiated projects; and signature campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.
In addition to encouraging individual volunteerism, the program featured large-scale team events at various Harris locations where employees assembled summer STEM kits for elementary school students, hygiene kits for homeless veterans and families and food packs for low-income students.
Leveraging Military Leadership Program
Harris is committed to our nation’s veterans. One way we show support is through our Leveraging Military Leadership Program provides world-class leadership development training to help veterans successfully transition into civilian careers. The program, presented in partnership with Korn Ferry, is provided at no cost to veterans and service members of any rank who have left the service within the last two years or who will be transitioning within the next twelve months.
Participants are guided by a team of global leadership experts who lead veterans through a three-month program composed of on-line, remote and in-person assessment, coaching, instruction, group exercises and lectures. To date, more than 500 service members from all branches of the military have participated in this pro bono program.
“The Leveraging Military Leadership Program is not a training program, it is an educational experience,” says participant, Wayne Green, U.S. Army Colonel. “It changed how I think about my transition. I am less anxious and more motivated than just one week ago because the program is helping me visualize a successful future out of uniform.”