The NVIDIA Foundation is one of the only employee-led foundations in Silicon Valley. Its board is comprised of employees of at least five years standing who are selected from across the globe, based on their commitment and ability to serve. They receive feedback each year from colleagues worldwide about the issues that matter most to them and then pursue projects that align with these priorities.
This structure enables employees to make decisions, set the vision and strategy, and provide the energy and commitment to leverage our strategic investments and engage our workforce around the world. This connects directly with our employees’ desires to make a positive impact in the communities in which they live and work.
The Foundation’s programs meet the following objectives, which its board members have agreed on:
These programs range from our Project Inspire global volunteer initiative, which is focused on replacing staff holiday parties with volunteer initiatives, to disaster response, and from grants that align with our business strategy to grants that employees identify and vote on. Whatever the program, our employees lead the way.
In 2009, employee, in-kind and partner donations doubled the effectiveness of the Foundation’s direct donations of $827,093.
In 2010, we plan to build upon our successes in some exciting new ways.