Employees at Hughes Electronics Corporation started their gift-giving early this year, recently bestowing a $32,700 check to help research at the School of Medicine and the USC/Norris Cancer Center.
The gift was generated through the employees’ “Give Once Club,” which aids more than 450 nonprofit organizations that offer health and human services.
The 25,000 employee participants raised $2.7 million last year. Over the past 20 years, USC has received donations totaling almost $650,000. “Our employees are grateful that they have a job and they can share their blessings with others ,” said Maria A. Zumbrun, administrator of philanthropy and memberships.
Employees who volunteer to join the club have a percentage of their paychecks earmarked for those organizations.
Fred S. Rodriguez, corporate manager of human resources, said that Hughes pays all the administrative costs associated with running the club, ensuring that every dollar donated actually gets to the organizations.
Zumbrun said employees choose to donate money to USC because it serves the same local community where Hughes is located.
Plus she added, it doesn’t hurt that thousands of the employees are themselves USC alumni.