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Why this is important.

Making a difference in the communities where we live and work is woven into the DNA of the Workday culture. Our employees feel a sense of purpose every time they tutor a middle-school child or provide career coaching to a job seeker or serve a meal at a local homeless shelter. Workday makes giving back a part of the employee experience— being a Workmate means making an impact through donations of time, skills, and philanthropy.

We maintain that the biggest contribution our global business makes to communities is through the positive impact of our daily business practices. By creating jobs, delivering business insights and efficiencies to our customers, providing business to our suppliers, and paying taxes, we help drive the global economic engine.

Additionally, making investments in our communities makes good business sense. A thriving local economy makes it easier for us to attract and retain top talent. Up-skilling local talent through tech training programs gives us access to diverse candidates that bring a fresh perspective to some of our biggest business challenges. Providing employees with a wide variety of community engagement opportunities leads to higher engagement and retention rates, making us more competitive.

At Workday, we believe that making a positive impact is smart for our communities and smart business.

Our priorities.

  • Employee giving and volunteering: Workday supports employees who want to become involved in their communities by making it easy, fun, and rewarding for them to do so.
  • Philanthropic contributions: We prepare people of all ages for careers in tech.
  • Strategic volunteerism: We devote employee time and talent to solving social issues through skills-based opportunities.

Actions and results.

Employee contributions.

It’s hard to match the passion and dedication of a Workday employee volunteer. Through our Giving & Doing department, we offer a wide variety of programs to support our employees in their community-involvement efforts. Our unlimited paid time off (PTO) policy provides employees with the freedom to donate time to the causes they believe in. Through individual volunteer rewards, team volunteer grants, employee donation matching, and unlimited PTO to volunteer, we show our employees that they work for a company that cares about their communities.

Individual volunteering.

Through a wide variety of programs, we strive to support the personal passions of our employees—whether it means animal welfare, early childhood education, or homeless veterans, we make it easy for employees to get involved and we reward their time and energy through charitable grants. We began formally tracking giving and volunteering in 2014. In FY15, Workday employees logged nearly 10,000 volunteer hours and received almost $80,000 in individual volunteer grants. That number increased to 14,863 hours in FY16 and then jumped to 17,870 hours, which earned volunteers $199,000 in grants for their favorite nonprofits in FY17.

countries where Workmates volunteer

Team Grant program.

Through our Team Grant program, employees are encouraged to volunteer in groups of five or more and receive a grant for up to $5,000 for their charity partner. These grants make a difference in our communities and further strengthen our teams. They help welcome new employees and provide leadership-development opportunities for employees growing their careers. Most importantly, they make a big impact for our nonprofit partners.

Team Volunteer projects since 2014

In FY16, our employees organized more than 100 service projects through the Workday Team Volunteer Grant program. Most volunteer teams fall in the 5 to 20 person range, but we host several volunteer teams each year that involve well over 100 volunteers. Our largest project in FY17 was for more than 120 volunteers at the Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We completed 10 mini-projects in just 4 hours: volunteers scrubbed, painted, pruned, and even mowed lawns to get a beautiful 300-acre camp ready for summer-season campers. Our smallest Team Volunteer project consisted of 5 people in our Boston office who manned a water stop along the Boston Marathon route in partnership with the American Liver Foundation. Big or small, the passion and commitment of these teams embody the Workday spirit of giving back.

Charitable Donation Matching Gift program.

Our Charitable Donation Matching Gift program allows employees to double their donation to any qualified charity organization, up to $1,000 or equivalent per employee per year. As the company has grown, so have our contributions to the community. We’ve awarded over $1.8 million in donation matches since the formal launch of this program in 2012, and over $800,000 of that came in FY17.

All-employee events.

The Workday Global Impact department launched the Giving & Doing Local Leaders program in 2014 as a way for us to bring our community programs to life in every local office. As of FY17, we had 38 Local Leaders in 28 offices leading community projects large and small.

office locations covered by Giving & Doing Local Leaders

Workday employees are invited to contribute to the local community during company-wide service moments that happen throughout the year. For example, our annual Cangineering contest challenges offices around the globe to build creative sculptures out of cans of food, and colleagues vote for their favorite to earn bonus donations to their local food bank. Both the cans and the cash are donated to combat hunger in participating cities.

Movember has become another signature fund-raising event at Workday. To promote men’s health awareness, more than 300 of our employees grew moustaches for Movember in 2016 while raising funds to support men’s health causes. Our teams have collected $324,000 for the Movember Foundation over the past five years.

Customer engagement.

With support from our senior management team, our Giving & Doing team organizes a hands-on volunteer activity at each of our largest company meetings. In 2014, as an example of living our values, we expanded our volunteer reach by offering Workday Rising attendees in the U.S. and EMEA with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on giving opportunity. Over the years we have provided career advice to job seekers, built comfort kits for low-income chemotherapy patients, conducted science experiments with kindergartners, built back-to-school backpacks for underserved youth, and much, much more.

2015 Area for improvement
  • All Workday employees quickly learn about our deep commitment to community within their first few months. In 2015, we’ll find ways to incorporate community involvement into the Workday onboarding process to further strengthen that awareness.
  • Workday leaders already organize and participate in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, but we plan to formally incorporate community involvement into our Leadership Development programs.
2017 Area for Improvement Update

We include information about Giving & Doing and the Workday Foundation into New Hire Orientation. Additionally, we are currently incorporating important links and information into the first 90 days onboarding dashboard for employees to easily find the sites they need to make a community impact right away.

Philanthropic contributions.

Serving as our primary vehicle of charitable investments in the communities where we live and work, the Workday Foundation aims to transform lives by creating career pathways that unleash human potential.

given in Workday Foundation grants since 2014

We focus our investments in programs that prepare people of all ages for careers in tech. We focus on programs such as coding camps, hands-on app and game development, professional internships, technical training, and industry-recognized certifications. We believe that preparing people of all ages for in-demand tech careers best positions them for lifelong economic success. Not everyone will be an engineer, but tech fluency is needed in nearly every industry today.

Our grants involve significant dollars, potential multi-year commitments, deep employee involvement, and close collaboration with grantees. Our Impact Grantees—organizations that receive our largest grants—include Year Up, Girls Who Code, Per Scholas, and Upwardly Global. They share a common focus on training people of all ages for in-demand tech careers in sectors that are growing.

2015 Area for Improvement

The Workday Foundation currently makes cash investments in organizations that provide training and skills development to underserved job seekers. Over the next two years, we plan to further deliver on our commitment to workforce development through a career accelerator program that provides individuals facing barriers to employment with professional experience, training, and career onramps.

2017 Area for Improvement Update

In 2016, we launched the Career Accelerator Program (CAP). CAP provides military veterans who are transitioning into civilian careers with the training and hands-on experience needed to enter careers in tech. In the first pilot, 83 percent of CAP participants transitioned into full-time employees at Workday.

Workday Inc. and the Workday Foundation also make investments in organizations that are important to our headquarters community of Pleasanton and the greater Tri-Valley area. We have funded the Pleasanton Run for Education since its inception, and proceeds from the event benefit all public schools in Pleasanton. Another grant recipient, Open Heart Kitchen of Livermore, provides warm meals to homeless residents, low-income seniors, and food-insecure families in the area. We have a long-running partnership with Open Heart Kitchen that goes beyond the check—not only did a team of engineers rebuild the nonprofit’s website—we also have teams that serve meals at its locations every few weeks. And every year, we send several thousand dollars worth of food as part of our Cangineering challenge.

Through Workday corporate charitable investments, we support local fund-raising events that are important to our headquarters-area stakeholders. From the Tech Museum of Innovation to the Tipping Point Community to the KIPP Schools ping-pong smackdown, Workday is actively working to support the communities in which we live and work.

2015 Area for Improvement

In FY16, we plan to expand the Workday Foundation philanthropy program to areas outside of the U.S. where we have a large presence and can harness the power of our committed employees to make a deeper impact.

2017 Area for Improvement Update

We now actively pursue and make philanthropic investments in regions where we have more than 50 employees and an active employee volunteer base, including Dublin and London.

Strategic volunteering.

While we celebrate volunteering in all its forms, we invest in strategic volunteer projects wherever possible. A few examples:

  • Workday employees strengthen nonprofit operations or tackle strategic questions though pro bono consulting projects. While many of our employees pursue their own pro bono service opportunities and manage them independently, we also bring the wisdom of our employees to our nonprofit partners in a formal capacity. One example is our employees who serve on employment advisory boards for nonprofit partners, offering their perspective on hiring trends and opportunities in their areas of expertise. Another example is an employee who leads a team of data scientists to apply analytics to government agencies and nonprofits through Code for San Francisco. This team’s projects include working with the California Department of Justice to analyze juvenile criminal arrests and gun sales and placing as finalists in a hackathon where the team predicted hazardous traffic incidents for the Federal Department of Transportation.
  • We align volunteer opportunities throughout the year with our focus on workforce development. We host career experience days, which typically include a presentation from a Workday recruiter and a panel of current employees who come from the same background as the job seekers (young adults from urban communities, veterans, students with disabilities, those first in their family to attend college, immigrants, and so on). We then match employees with job seekers one-on-one to share their career journey and conduct mock interviews or resume reviews. We’ve replicated this model in 11 cities and served over 900 job seekers since the launch of Workforce Week in 2015.
2017 Area for Improvement

We will develop a data-driven measurement framework to further evaluate our long-term social impacts.

Disaster response.

As part of its commitment to supporting people during times of disaster, the Workday Foundation provides proactive annual financial support to Direct Relief and Mercy Corps. We support these organizations’ efforts to prepare for, respond to, and rebuild after disasters in communities around the globe.

Through the Workday Employee Disaster Relief Fund, we help Workmates who experience significant financial hardship as a result of a qualified natural disaster. Funded through the Workday Foundation, the program provides cash grants to help Workmates bridge the financial gap caused by times of crisis.

We provide short-term assistance as a one-time grant to cover unforeseen expenses related to qualified disasters including natural disasters, government-declared emergencies, accident on a common carrier, or a terrorist or military action.

Workday also matches employee charitable donations dollar for dollar during times of disaster.


Year Up.

Since 2014, Workday has partnered with Year Up in the Bay Area, offering support to Year Up students through corporate internships, resume writing, mock interviews, individual mentorship, and more. We’ve also invested in Year Up in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. Since then, we’ve hosted 25 Year Up interns within our organization, and we’ve hired 17 into full-time positions. In 2016, we made a $500,000 investment in Year Up national, bringing our total investment in Year Up to more than $1 million.

Year Up interns since 2013

Lorenzo Vasquez, an associate quality assurance engineer, celebrated his first day at Workday as a full-time employee in January 2016.

He first started as a Year Up intern in February 2015, after previously working at a blood bank. Without college experience, Lorenzo felt his options were limited until he stumbled across Year Up. In fact, he thought it was almost too good to be true. He interviewed and was accepted into the program, which provides stipends to participants while they spend six months in Year Up classrooms learning the technical as well as soft skills needed for in-demand careers in each of their markets nationally. After the six months of skills development, Year Up participants are placed into paid professional internships to gain real-life corporate experience.

While interning here, Lorenzo could sense Workday was different.

“One thing that stuck out to me was how much the company cared about its employees. People here are really happy,” Lorenzo says. “In my past life, I was just starting to accept that you’re supposed to hate your job—you’re not supposed to find something that you truly love.”

Workday changed that perception.

“I feel proud to have been a part of the Year Up program, and to be a part of Workday,” Lorenzo says. “And I’m representing Year Up in my daily work. I’m grateful that Workday wants to open the doors for more people—like me—that may not have the traditional educational background.”


At Workday, every employee has the power to start something big. Luke Egenolf, a product manager with our HCM team, is one such employee. When Luke arrived at Workday and heard about the Giving & Doing program, he asked if he could introduce his Workmates to Spark, a career and academic mentorship program focused on underserved middle-school students. After a lunch-and-learn introduction, and seeing Luke’s passion for this program, several employees signed up to participate. Since then, word has quickly spread and Luke and 50 of his Workmates have now committed to weekly mentoring sessions with students.

Hack the Hood.

The Workday Foundation proudly invested in its newest philanthropic partner, Hack the Hood, which aims to connect local small businesses in need of websites with neighborhood youth looking to develop tech skills. It’s a common void for both ends, but marry the two, and great things happen.

At this intersection, Hack the Hood is making its mark with six-week “boot camps” for young people in Northern California, teaching them how to build websites for businesses in their own communities. Hack the Hood participants are paired with mentors and meet one-on-one with their small-business client. The participants develop important skills they’ll need to work in the tech sector such as basic coding, website design, social media marketing, customer service, project management, and networking, while the small businesses they are consulting for receive a custom website.

In 2016, Hack the Hood held 12 boot camps in the San Francisco Bay Area with 160 youth participants. Hack the Hood also has a year-round membership program for teens and young adults. Built in recurring, nine-week sprints, participants can choose career-development tracks—such as entrepreneurship, multimedia, or web design—or take a more specialized track for a deeper dive into skills such as coding, digital marketing, and more.

Workforce Week.

Each year, Workday hosts Workforce Week, our single biggest event that supports the Workday Foundation mission of preparing people of all ages for careers in technology. Workforce Week, which takes place in May, brings together job seekers from underserved communities with Workday employees eager to help them along their career journeys. We first launched Workforce Week in May of 2015, and expanded the event to an even greater number of nonprofit partners in May of 2016.

During Workforce Week, hundreds of Workday volunteers from offices around the globe work with local job-seeker support organizations to host career experience days that include resume writing, LinkedIn profile reviews, mock interviews, job-search tips, and more. Some offices put their own spin on Workforce Week; for example, London launched a career mentoring experience for six teenagers from a nearby school, Petchey Academy, in partnership with London-based Career Ready. In addition to regular 1:1 mentoring sessions, the office also hosted a career experience day at the Workday offices for the students participating in the mentorship program.

In 2015 and 2016, we:

  • Logged over 950 volunteer hours on Workforce Week-related projects
  • Hosted 35 events in 13 cities
  • Served 540 job seekers


In our annual Cangineering challenge, teams build creative sculptures with cans of food. Workmates vote on their favorites with cash donations to a designated food bank. In 2016, we marked our fifth year of hosting Cangineering. We had 16 participating teams from 9 cities, and competition was as fierce as ever. This event collected over $12,000 worth of food for donations to food banks in all 9 cities.

Community service at Workday Rising.

Workday Rising is our annual customer conference. In 2016, over 7,000 customers, prospects, employees, and partners gathered in Chicago for several days of all things Workday. Continuing our tradition of inviting our extended family to join us in our mission of preparing people of all ages for careers in tech, we asked our guests to share the best career advice they've ever been given at our unique wisdom tree. In keeping with the indoor park theme of the Expo Hall, we built a beautiful 30-foot-tall tree that featured testimonials from graduates of the Year Up program.

After the event, we compiled the written advice for job seekers who are in training with our many nonprofit partners. We also plan to distribute the completed advice books at our Workforce Week events and career experience days in 2017 and beyond. Aneel and Dave announced on stage during the opening keynote that if 1,000 attendees participate, Workday will donate $50,000 to Year Up Chicago, and Aneel and Dave will personally contribute $25,000. We exceeded our goal and were able to send a total of $100,000 to Year Up Chicago!

Our volunteer commitment to refugees.

Like many global companies, our best and brightest employees come from all over the world. It’s not uncommon to hear various accents as you walk through the halls of each office—and we love it that way! Our employees share our belief that everyone belongs, no matter where they are from.

Upwardly Global.

We work closely with Upwardly Global, an organization that works exclusively with refugee and immigrant job seekers to connect them with U.S. employers.

In addition to providing financial support, our employees also assist job seekers who are new to the U.S. through the Upwardly Global program. Our people serve as job coaches by volunteering for mock interviews and resume reviews. We also invite employees to speak on panels about how they got to Workday, as we have many current employees who are first-generation or immigrants themselves. We’re proud to support individuals from all over the world as they search for their dream job in the Bay Area.

International Rescue Committee.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The Workday Foundation invests in IRC’s U.S. Programs Language Institute, which trains refugees to provide translation services, primarily to hospital and healthcare patients. The IRC’s domestic language interpretation services are an increasingly essential part of the IRC’s work with refugees and other vulnerable and displaced populations, helping to get them gainfully employed and achieve economic self-sufficiency as soon as possible. It’s been a unique opportunity for the IRC to assess and strategize for a revenue-generating social enterprise that provides quality interpreter services in the U.S.

Our employee volunteers have also supported IRC refugee resettlement programs in the Bay Area and Dallas, Texas. Our employees have created welcome kits for newly arrived families—providing essentials such as hygiene items, sewing kits, socks, hats, and winter accessories for men, women, and children. These items are assembled into small kits and given to IRC locations so any newly arrived individual or family has immediate access to the items that will make them most comfortable in their first hours and days in their new home.

Our Dallas-based office rallied together in the fall of 2015 to collect gently used household items and furniture. After renting a moving van and driving all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area to pick up employee contributions, our volunteers set up all of the items in a vacant storage facility just next to the IRC office. All families were invited to “shop” the yard sale on a Saturday morning, where Workday employees were waiting to assist! The items were all priced at $0.00 of course, and the Workday volunteers even helped families move their newly acquired furniture into their apartments and homes.