Originally Posted by lkrupp
To be honest, one of the memes constantly trotted out by the iHater crowd is the alleged non-philanthropy of Steve Jobs and Apple. If you repeat a lie often enough people DO start to believe it. Yes, people are that stupid.
Let's see who's stupid...
Didn't Steve stopped Apple's philanthropic programs when he became CEO?
Apple can certainly do more when comparing them to other companies with far less money.
Safeway Foundation http://www.safewayfoundation.org/our-foundation/index.html
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
We sponsor organizations that are engaged in health research and nutritional programs. The Safeway Foundation's contributions finance medical research and programs that improve the lives of people living with cancer and neuromuscular diseases. Since 2001, we have donated over $200 million towards breast cancer and prostate cancer research alone.
As one of the largest grocery retailers in North America, we find that supporting hunger relief programs is a natural fit for us. We're proud to be one of the largest contributors to food banks and feeding programs in the neighborhoods we serve. In 2012 alone, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donated nearly $120 million in food products to hunger-relief programs in neighborhoods around the nation.
Our commitment to education stretches back to the very beginnings of our company. Today, The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Safeway also participates in Electronic Scrip Incorporated's eScrip program, which enables consumers to direct a percentage of their grocery purchases to be donated to the school of their choice. In 2012, we donated over $20 million to local schools through eScrip.
HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
We have long supported regional and national programs that assist people with disabilities. In 2012 we donated $9.2 million to help people with disabilities. Beneficiary organizations include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, and a range of community-based employment and job coaching organizations focused on serving people with disabilities. Over the past two years, Safeway has also joined with Rebuilding Together to fund home and community center remodeling and projects designed to help local neighborhoods.
In total, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation donate an average of $200 million a year in grants and product donations to charitable organizations.
It took Apple 8yrs to donate $75 million. Safeway does that in 4.5 months! Remind me which company is one of the richest in the world.
Target Corporation https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility
Supporting communities through giving has always been a cornerstone of our business and a belief that guides so many of our decisions. Each year, we’ve given 5 percent of our profit to communities, which adds up to more than $4 million each week. We also believe that donating our time, talent and resources is equally important as the income we give. Our team members give hundreds of thousands of hours volunteering in their communities every year.
In 2010, we announced plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of the 2015 fiscal year, with a significant portion helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. In 2013, we donated $98 million for education, bringing our total giving to date to $875 million and keeping us on track to hit our goal.
In less than 4 years, Target donated more than 11x what Apple did in 8yrs. Target's net earnings is about $2 billion and Apple's is $37 billion. Shouldn't Apple be donating 18x more than Target?
The amount of money Apple donates is laughable compared to what other companies with far less money donate. That's why they don't like to talk about it. Despicable because they complain there are not enough educated workers in the US which leaves them no choice but to look overseas for talent. At the same time, they don't do anything to improve the education of the people in their communities. Apple leaves it for other companies to address.
Edited by Russell - 6/23/14 at 11:58pm