Dell Substantially Surpasses Community Service Goal, Volunteers More Than 700,000 Hours in FY13

Thu Mar 7, 2013 10:00am EST

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* Dell team members exceed goal of 500,000 hours, increase volunteer hours by
almost 70 percent over year prior
* More than half of Dell team members globally participate in community service
* Dell sets goal of 750,000 hours this year, with a focus on skills-based

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Dell announced today that its global team members volunteered more than 700,000
hours in their communities during its recently ended fiscal year 2013 -
significantly beating its 500,000 hours goal. 

The total represented an almost 70 percent increase in volunteer hours from the
year prior, when team members volunteered 418,000 hours. More than half of
Dell`s global workforce, 56 percent, participated in community service
activities with more than 15,000 charities in 60 countries. 

Activities included:

* More than 1,000 Dell team members serving as mentors and judges in the Dell
Social Innovation Challenge, helping student entrepreneurs turn their ideas for
social good into viable businesses. 
* Providing support for children undergoing treatment for cancer, such as
painting a mural to cheer young patients at a children`s hospital in Malaysia
and helping children in France use laptops to stay connected to their loved
* Helping set up technology, teach and mentor students in classrooms and
community centers in Brazil, Morocco, India and 12 other countries. 
* Providing training and technology support to the American Red Cross as it
launched a first-of-its-kind Digital Operations Center devoted to humanitarian

For its fiscal year 2014, Dell has set a goal of working 750,000 hours or more
with charitable causes. The company again seeks to engage at least half its
global team members in volunteer activities. In particular, Dell will focus on
skills-based volunteering, encouraging its team members to use their particular
talents to have even more impact in the community. 

Dell uses an internal, online portal - its Powering the Possible community - to
help team members find charities to support, organize and track volunteer time
and financial giving activities, connect with one another, post photos and share
stories, and more. The company launched a skills-tracking function this year,
which team members can use to list their expertise and connect with charities in
need of those specific services. Powered by YourCause, the community currently
comprises more than 59,000 Dell team members around the world. 

To promote volunteerism among its team members, Dell rewards activity with
philanthropic dollars. Team members who volunteer 10 or more hours in a quarter
receive $150 to donate to the charity of their choice through the Powering the
Possible community. This year, Dell will pilot an initiative adding $75 for five
or more hours volunteered with nonprofits in its strategic giving program; by
volunteering with charities to which Dell gives corporate donations, team
members significantly amplify the impact of financial resources. 

To learn more about Dell`s giving and volunteer activities, visit 


"Our greatest, fastest-growing giving resource is our worldwide team member
base. When Dell team members volunteer their time, talents and financial
resources to support charitable causes, they make a huge contribution toward
powering new possibilities in our communities. We are so proud to support their
efforts and recognize their passion for community service."
Trisa Thompson, vice president of corporate responsibility, Dell

"Dell`s results are truly impressive and far exceed what we typically see
throughout the industry. By no means does this come as a surprise to our team,
as Dell`s programs and ongoing support of their employees continues to be the
industry model for how to achieve results from employee engagement."
Matthew Combs, founder, YourCause

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology
and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is
Dell`s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the
most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofits to address
pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and
solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. Learn more at or follow @dell4good. 

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the
marks and names of others.

Jenny Robertson, 512-728-3575
WPP Team Dell
Jennifer Faulk, 512-691-0446

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