In the Community
The Washington Post Company aims to be a responsible corporate citizen, and there are many ways we contribute to the communities in which we do business.
The Company and its operating divisions provide support to a variety of worthy organizations and initiatives. Our contributions are concentrated in the following areas:
- Civic and Community
- Health and Human Services
- Culture and Art
- Matching Gifts
Matching Gifts are a key component of the Company’s contributions program. The Company matches employee gifts to nonprofit organizations on a $1-to-$1 basis and on a $2-to-$1 basis (to a maximum employee contribution of $2,000) for educational institutions and organizations in which employees are active volunteers.
Every division of The Washington Post Company sponsors a wide array of outreach initiatives that take advantage of the Company’s special resources to benefit local communities.
For example, as a public service, speakers from The Washington Post are made available free-of-charge to groups holding events within the Washington metropolitan area. Washington Post Charities, in partnership with The McCormick Foundation, provides a 50% match on any donations made by readers and employees. The newspaper launched The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation in 1987 to recognize excellence in education. Its programs include the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, which honor dedicated teachers who have shown initiative, creativity and an exceptional degree of professionalism; and the Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards, which honor principals who go beyond the requirements of their jobs to provide outstanding leadership and create exceptional learning environments in their schools.
Kaplan offers free or discounted SAT preparation to economically disadvantaged students to help achieve its goal of making test prep – and thus access to higher educational aspirations – broadly available. The Kaplan Educational Foundation’s Leadership Program provides high-potential, lower income students enrolled in New York City-area community colleges with academic and financial support to finish their two-year studies and go on to successfully earn their bachelor’s degrees at competitive four-year colleges across the country, while also preparing them for professional and community leadership.
Each Post-Newsweek television station plays an active role in its community through such initiatives as telethons for local organizations and causes, blood drives, cancer screenings and disaster relief efforts.
Cable ONE gives hundreds of free cable and Internet connections to schools, libraries and community buildings in its systems, plus provides educational programs and guides to teachers, through Cable in the Classroom. Cable ONE also sponsors Movie Night in the Park and creates and runs PSAs for local nonprofits to help strengthen its communities.
The Company encourages employees to participate actively in organizations that serve the community, and we have created a number of programs that promote volunteer efforts.
For example, The Washington Post and The Gazette newspapers have formed partnerships with local schools where Company employees serve as mentors and tutors. Kaplan-trained volunteers help hundreds of college-bound high school juniors and seniors prepare for their SATs. Cable ONE systems sponsor canned-food drives and participate in Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Post–Newsweek Stations’ anchors and reporters publicize and participate in foundations that provide such services as dental work for underprivileged kids and student mentoring.