Dear Fellow Retiree:
The IBM Retiree Charitable Contribution Campaign begins the first week in October and runs through October 31, 2019. It has been nearly five years since I retired from IBM, yet this campaign continues to be one of my favorite IBM traditions. It is the one time during the year when IBMers from all walks of life — entry-level hires to retirees like us — come together to help others in need.
As IBMers we want to be essential, to make a difference, to have an impact whenever and wherever we can. We're givers, we're helpers, we're partners. And that's what this campaign is all about.
Our communities need us. Imagine a world where all kids are prepared to succeed in school, or where individuals can improve their lives with new training and opportunity. Where families have access to the healthcare that they need. We can — and we must — help make all this possible.
Last year's combined employee, retiree and executive campaign raised $23 million for organizations like the United Way, the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, veteran organizations and other local agencies nominated by IBM retirees and employees.
With your help, this year our goal is to raise a combined $24 million between employees, executives and retirees — a modest increase over 2018. We can do this! Please participate 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.
Linda S. Sanford
Chairman, IBM Retiree Charitable Contribution Campaign