Month of Giving
For more than a decade, Impact Day has been a special day for Deloitte people to take a break from their regular job and spend time working together on a community project. We encourage our people to pick a project that is meaningful to them and, where possible, leverages their professional skills.
FY15 marked our second annual National Month of Giving, comprised of Deloitte’s Impact Day, our United Way campaign, and our participation in Random Act of Kindness Day®. The Month of Giving offered our people a specified time to focus on giving back to their communities – through volunteering, financial support, and good deeds.
Participation was outstanding and we are confident that the impact was felt in communities across Canada:
- About 5,850 people got involved in Impact Day projects
- More than $3.15 million was raised through employee contributions to the United Way
- Random Act of Kindness cards were distributed to all Deloitte people in every office across the country – after doing a good deed for a stranger, they are encouraged to give the person a Deloitte Random Act of Kindness card to encourage the recipient to pay it forward
Deloitte Charity Think Tanks have become part of our Impact Day tradition. Deloitte offices across the country choose a local charity and spend the day working through the organization’s strategic issues and generating recommendations. In FY15, several offices worked with local Junior Achievement (JA) chapters to tackle questions like how JA can differentiate itself in the financial literacy and work-readiness space by the year 2020.
Deloitte was honoured to have His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, join us on Impact Day for a brainstorming session organized by our Quebec City office for the benefit of Fondation Québec Philanthrope.
Advising the Community Together
Advising the Community Together (ACT) brings together Deloitte junior consulting professionals willing to donate their time and talents to youth-focused, not-for-profit organizations. In FY15, 71 Deloitte people volunteered more than 1,500 hours to work on 20 ACT projects. All of their work is delivered on a volunteer basis and done after hours.
Celebrating our volunteers
The Deloitte Volunteer Awards recognize Deloitte people for their sustained track record of community service. Our 2015 winners were
As a crisis and suicide line volunteer at the Calgary Distress Centre, Shannon provides callers with confidential counselling and trains new crisis line volunteers.
(general volunteer award),
Lindsay is a long-standing board member of the Youth Project, an LGBTQ support group for youth coping with sexual-orientation and gender-identity issues.
(Board service award), and
Heidi has volunteered for Gesstwood Camp most of her life, in multiple capacities, including preparing the year-end financial statements and annual information return.
(skills-based volunteer award). Award winners receive stand-up points in our recognition program and $1,000 to be donated to the charity/organization of their choice.
Our Deloitte Changemakers Scholarship program saw seven grants of $3,000 each awarded to children of Deloitte people. Finalists were selected based on their consistent and outstanding dedication to citizenship – for example, solving community problems or getting involved in their local community through volunteering or making their community a better place.