Harris’ corporate giving strategy is focused on three pillars: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); mission aligned organizations; and the communities where we live and work.
The Harris Gift Matching Program encourages Harris employees to support charitable organizations that benefit local communities and broadens financial support of educational institutions that employees deem worthy of support. The Harris Foundation matches employee contributions to eligible charitable organizations and educational institutions up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee per fiscal year.
The Harris Employees Actively Responding Together (HEART) initiative 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.
HEART also helps match employee volunteers with fellow employees needing assistance before or after a crisis or disaster. Following recent hurricanes, Harris employees stepped in to help their colleagues who suffered damage to their homes.
The foundation supports universities and K-12 programs, investing in the workforce of the future through STEM programs.
Harris employees volunteer for a variety of STEM initiatives, such as mentoring teams in robotics and challenging students to learn through hands-on STEM activities.
Harris seeks to assist our nation’s veterans, service members and first responders through the Harris Foundation. Annual grants to Operation Gratitude, first responder foundations and local veteran organizations help meet their critical needs and those of their families.
Some of the most popular volunteer projects at Harris involve making care packages, hand writing thank you notes, or wrapping gifts during the holidays for our military, veterans, first responders, and their families.
Each year, Harris employees volunteer thousands of hours to the communities where they work and live – supporting organizations including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and many others.
The United Way represents our largest annual charitable campaign. Harris has been the largest contributor to the UW Brevard County Florida campaign for the last 15 years, donating more than $17 million during this period.
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.