Dear Fellow Retiree:
The IBM Retiree Charitable Contribution Campaign begins the first week in August and extends through October 26, 2018. I am old enough to remember that the campaign was called the United Way campaign when I joined IBM, and as a new employee, I was impressed by IBMers commitment to make the communities where they live better.
I was proud to learn that IBMers, as retirees, maintain that commitment, making the IBM Retiree campaign the most successful of its kind in America for 15 years running. IBM retirees have pledged an average of $2 million annually through the campaign. In 2017 alone, retirees pledged $2.2 million to the agencies important to us.
Some of the top agencies receiving support last year included: United Way, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. In addition, many agencies (many local) nominated by IBM retirees have received substantial funds as well as veterans organizations such as Wounded Warriors.
As we now have more time to spend in our communities, we are more keenly aware of their needs. Please consider participating in this year's campaign by contributing generously and volunteering your time and skills. This combination has the power to make a real difference.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
Chairman, IBM Retiree Charitable Contribution Campaign