A vibrant spirit of giving – what we call "Paychex Cares" – is central to our corporate identity. It permeates every level of our organization, from executive-level support of companywide charitable efforts to fundraising and hands-on volunteerism organized by our employees around the world to make their local communities stronger. Tying it all together with a strategic giving framework is our Paychex Charitable Foundation, which funds organizations and initiatives that contribute to the quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work.
We believe we have a responsibility to make an impact on the local communities in which we work, giving back both as a company and as individuals. In addition to more formal company-sponsored campaigns or events, Paychex employees give back to their local communities by organizing grassroots efforts, such as fundraisers, gathering donations for local charities, or volunteering their time.
For a three-week period each year (except FY 2021), Paychex offices across the U.S. buzz with the activity of the annual United Way campaign. Championed by a different Paychex executive each year, who serves as the company campaign chair, employees at each location form committees to run their local campaign; attend kickoff meetings to learn more about United Way’s efforts in their local communities; participate in office fundraisers like bake sales, raffles, and auctions; and make confidential donations through an online pledge site, which allows the option of payroll deductions for their contribution.
Paychex Charitable Foundation
The Paychex Charitable Foundation was established in 2014 to provide monetary support to initiatives that support economic development in communities where we have operations, while enhancing the quality of life for those who live and work in these communities. In addition, the foundation supports the significant charitable activities of Paychex employees. Employee teams that support a local nonprofit with fundraising and/or hands-on volunteering may request a foundation grant for that charity. Contributions from the foundation fall into one or more of the following focus areas.
Health and Wellness
Improving the Economic Health of the Community and Its Workforce
The focus areas of the foundation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Good Health & Well-being
Decent Work & Economic Growth
Strategic Giving Framework Focused on Well-being
As one of America’s leading human resource solutions providers, we know that better HR delivers better business performance and results. We also know that one of the most pressing current issues in human resources is employee well-being – and issue that was exacerbated during the pandemic and that continues as we emerge from it.
That’s why our Paychex Charitable Foundation added a strategic giving framework in FY22 to dramatically increase our financial support for nonprofit organizations that align with our mission.
The Foundation will donate $1 million each year to national organizations (that also have ties to local markets where our employees live and work) that address four critical aspects of employee well-being: mental health, physical health, financial health, and professional skills development. This strategic giving initiative is being made in addition to the existing Foundation framework.
In FY23, we signed gift agreements with Mental Health America, Feeding America, Junior Achievement USA, and the National Urban League to support this critical work.
Strategic Giving Partners
Mental Health America promotes mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services, early identification, and intervention for those at risk. The organization has over 140 affiliates nationwide, each working to integrate care, services, and support for those in need.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Through its robust partnership network, the organization provided 5.2 billion meals to people experiencing hunger last year.
With more than 100 local affiliates across the U.S., Junior Achievement reaches more than three million students per year in approximately 127 thousand classrooms and after-school locations with core program content focused on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
With more than 90 local affiliates across the U.S., the National Urban League serves 300 communities with direct services that improve the lives of more than three million people annually through program areas that include education and job training, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and more.