Santa Rosa's Keysight Technologies wins Community Philanthropy Award
Keysight has contributed to the quality of life in the North Bay through grants and scholarships, employee volunteerism and community partnerships.
“Our company believes deeply in corporate social responsibility, and carries out that priority by establishing partnerships and sponsoring programs addressing education, environmental and quality of life issues in communities where we operate,” said Jeff Weber, Keysight public affairs manager.
As part of the 2016-2017 annual giving program, $635,000 was distributed to charitable organizations with employees having their donations matched by the Keysight Technologies Foundation.
Grants and scholarships totaling nearly $200,000 were given to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, environmental science, health and human services programs and nonprofit organizations such as LandPaths; Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) at Santa Rosa Junior College and Audubon Canyon Ranch.
Some 400 of the company’s 1,300 Santa Rosa employees took four hours of paid time off per month to engage in community volunteerism, such as participating in the United Way of the Wine Country Day of Caring, completing 21 projects for local nonprofits.
More than 200 employees and family members took part in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk helping to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke.
Four groups of volunteers took the Keysight After School program to more than 150 students at Sonoma County sites to offer life, physical and Earth science experiments for youth ages nine through 13.
Through the Keysight-sponsored Greener Earth Together program, dozens of company volunteers and those from other firms completed environmental projects at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Bohemia Ecological Preserve, Rancho Mark West and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
More than a dozen Keysight employees hosted two weeks of the Mike Hauser (algebra) Academy designed to help incoming high school freshmen be successful in math and science courses, graduate and go to college. Keysight has hosted this program since 2008.
Thirty employees coordinated and volunteered for the company’s 13th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event in Santa Rosa, with a goal to increase female student interest in STEM education and related career opportunities. This event attracted 120 middle and high school students who spent a half-day working in teams on interactive science project and listening to panelists talk about engineering careers.
Several employees serve on nonprofit boards and in leadership positions with community organizations. Keysight also maintains corporate memberships in local trade associations and sponsors programs aimed at improving economic vitality and the quality of life in Sonoma County.