America's most generous companies

These 12 corporations gave away the biggest share of their profits last year.

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Jul 28, 2014 8:53PM
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Alcoa gave by far the highest percentage of profits to charity in 2013 - 12.1%. However, the author managed to slam Alcoa for "only" giving 1.3% more than in 2012,  Doing the math, Alcoa gave aprox 11.9% to charity in 2012. How can there be anything but a thumbs up for the most generous corporation?
Jul 28, 2014 8:53PM
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   The sad truth here is that donations are just another term for public relations. If these corporations truly want to change the world they can start by increasing their employees wages and benefits which would boost the economy and bring millions out of poverty. This would have a much stronger impact than giving to charities. Help the working man, not those with hands out.
Jul 28, 2014 8:33PM
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How about these companies cut their prices and fees 3-5% across the board for their customers?   Just because I can pay my bills and take no aide, doesn't mean I wouldn't appreciate a price reduction.      The government already redistributes my taxes in ways I disapprove of, now these companies are overcharging me so they can feel good by giving that away too!?!?!
Jul 29, 2014 8:30AM
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Rather than giving to charity, what about if they pay decent wages?
Jul 29, 2014 12:10AM
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Good for you Israel. Stand your ground and, don't stop until all the Hamas tunnels are gone.
Jul 29, 2014 8:17AM
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Remember, it's your money they are giving away. One way or another.
Jul 29, 2014 9:45AM
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It is all a tax write-off anyway and free advertising. If they didn't give to charities, they would have to fork it over in taxes, so in reality, it isn't even their money they are giving away.

It is the taxpayers money, and the workers actual cost of living increases.

Just free advertising and propaganda for the company.

Aug 3, 2014 7:03AM
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Look carefully at "matches donations from employees". The company my husband works for lets you choose to give a donation to a charity (not one we'd ever donate to due to misuse of funds).  Unfortunately they really don't give you the option to not.  It was very difficult to get them to stop taking money out of his paycheck. As a new hire you don't want to make waves, but in the end he had to.  And then was treated like he was a selfish jerk.  We donate to causes, ones we believe in, not ones that thebusiness my husband works for donates to for the PR.
Jul 29, 2014 12:06AM
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Beware companies that get attention / advertising by giving to charities . Some (not all) beat the hell out of their employees by assigning them the worst of duties , giving them the smallest , or no raise , slander their name and pull every dirty trick that they can hide from authorities to force the employee to GIVE THEIR FAIR SHARE.  Those tactics destroyed the employee support for United Way at a company in Charlotte N.C.
Aug 3, 2014 4:03AM
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I'm certainly not impressed that UPS gives more for charities, but they sure don't want to compensate their employees who work part time for them in the Omaha area...  $8.50 per hour is just plain cheap and stingy.
Jul 28, 2014 8:37PM
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It is not a donation if it is taxpayer money!  Too funny!
Jul 29, 2014 9:31AM
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Jamie T is right on. To much profit being made.

While I am glad to see corporations giving to charity, how about reducing prices so that everyone prospers, or giving increases in wages that match the actual cost of living increase due to the inflation created by them raising prices?

Aug 3, 2014 8:28AM
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BS Target is the biggest pile of bullSH*T! they treat the employess awful throw all the dollar items away in the garbage, I have seen this many many times, and thought why can't they offer it to their min. wage workers that only get 10 hours a week. Or even give it to a shelter. Who writes these colums??
Aug 3, 2014 2:25PM
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That is nice that UPS is generous and gave away a share of their profits because they do have a lot to give. Recently UPS and the Teamsters put together a contract that has taken away many of the benefits from the retired employees. When we became employees we were given a list of benefits and rewards that we would receive as employees and retired employees. We gave the sweat off our brows working long hard hours for UPS and as the years have gone by they are taking it all back. Jim Casey's tradition of giving each employee a turkey at Christmas time and recognition awards for safe driving and working safely were taken away. This may seem trivial but this is where the greed starts. UPS is not hurting they makes billions of dollars each year and now they have taken away some of the retirees medical benefits. We now are paying a portion of them which has hurt many of us who are living on a fixed income. If UPS really was such a caring company they would continue to take care of their own people. We deserve to keep the retirement package that we left with. Something should be done.
Aug 3, 2014 5:27AM
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It may be interesting to note that the LEAST charitable company is Apple. Apple gives away nothing, at the direction of Steve Jobs, who shut down all of  Apple's charitable initiatives when he became CEO for the second time.
Aug 3, 2014 8:53AM
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How about companies cut their prices so I can give more where I want... Also I see banks, insurance companies, and Walmart on this list. How many Billions has each received from either Govt bailouts, healthcare sham, or from welfare dealings.
Jul 29, 2014 9:03AM
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Kroger has a contract that needs voted on here in Ohio today. The usual stuff of health benefits is at stake. Sure there union does the talk ; as the other half tells me cause she works there have been negotiating this for a year now. She says what is really at stake is pay scales in Cincy and Dayton locations vary. Kroger moves employees from one district to another. Both districts have separate contracts with differ benefit scales. Kroger does not want one combined contract as they would have to give the 16,000 employees the same benefits. The catch is Kroger has no want to pay into medical benefits since the new Healthcare Act changed the game now. 
Jul 29, 2014 11:09AM
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Koch Industries didn't  make the list      WHY ?
Aug 3, 2014 6:25AM
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How much of the donated amount that the "Crooks (aka bank) of American" gave away did they steal from their customers?  Finish the story!!
Aug 3, 2014 8:31AM
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What benefits did they take from employees so they could do this? Like the company the company I work for.


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