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Qwest Foundations teams with employees to donate $10.5 million

The Daily Tell

January - 6 – 2010


Despite the tough times faced by many in 2009 due to the continued economic downturn, Qwest Communications, its employees and the Qwest Foundation increased their commitment to community service by collectively donating more than $10.5 million.

More than half of Qwest’s employees participated in this year’s employee-giving campaign, which is conducted in partnership with United Way. This participation represents a year-over-year growth of nearly 20 percent, the company said.

Helping make each employee’s dollar go a bit further in helping local community organizations, The Qwest Foundation provided a 75 percent match to employees’ contributions, resulting in a total gift of $5.1 million to communities across the country. It is the largest gift the foundation and Qwest employees have made through the campaign in the past decade.

"Qwest is able to deepen its partnerships with local education and community programs thanks to the remarkable generosity of its employees and the Qwest Foundation," said Rich Baer, executive vice president, general counsel, chief administrative officer and Qwest Foundation president. "In an especially challenging year, Qwest employees continue to answer the call to service, through donations of time and money, and are making a true difference in their communities."

The time commitment by Qwest employees also went a long way toward helping United Way achieve some of its goals.

Current and former Qwest employees volunteered more than 1 million hours in the community, the equivalent of more than $20 million of in-kind resources to nonprofits.

In addition to the employee-giving campaign match, the Qwest Foundation donated nearly $4 million to pre-K through 12th grade education and other community programs this year. Among the donations were $900,000 through the foundation’s Qwest Teachers and Technology Grants program, as well as Internet Safety Helpdesk operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, with a grant of $350,000.