By Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Joanna Gorin, Vice President of Research and 2019 Chair of ETS Cares, and David Hunt, Chief Operating Officer and 2019 Vice Chair of ETS Cares
At ETS, our mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people is behind everything we do. And this mission is made possible by the employees who bring ETS’s long-standing commitment to social responsibility to life.
During our annual employee-giving campaign, ETS Cares, the entire company joins together with the common goal of doing good. Since 2008, our team members have gone above and beyond to contribute countless hours and millions of dollars to the charitable organizations that matter most to them, and this year is no exception. In 2019, we recorded our highest-ever total in terms of dollars given Of course, what is most impressive is the fact that these efforts reflect participation rates that exceed national trends for organizations of a comparable size, a demonstration of our team’s unparalleled dedication to the communities where we live and work.
That’s part of why ETS Cares is all about giving our employees the power to give back. We strive to maximize that power by absorbing all administrative costs associated with employee contributions made during the campaign, so that every dollar donated goes to the cause for which it was intended. We also try to make it easy, providing an online giving portal and the opportunity to participate in a series of fun events benefitting the ETS Employees’ Community Action Fund, which supports community projects selected by ETS staff. Through this fund, ETS employees have made possible scholarships benefitting more than 200 local students, in addition to contributing to teacher wish lists, educational programming and even a Habitat for Humanity® house in Trenton, New Jersey.
On behalf of the entire ETS leadership team, we are continually humbled by the generosity and passion of our employees – during ETS Cares and throughout the year. As we celebrate the close of another successful campaign, we wish to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our remarkable team. Through your time, energy and dollars, you make a real difference in the lives of those who count on our contributions. And together, you create the extraordinary culture of caring that makes us all so proud to work at ETS.