MELBOURNE, Australia— Each year Give Wqwhere You Live (GWYL) recruits a team of Loaned Executives who volunteer their time to go out to Geelong workplaces promoting Workplace Giving, advocating Give Where You Live and communicating how an individual donation makes a difference in the community.
The program has now been running for 48 years and Ford Australia is one of three Geelong corporates who have provided an executive since its inception.
This year 29 Loaned Executives from 24 different community minded businesses worked tirelessly over 13 weeks to promote Workplace Giving amongst their peers in 68 businesses. This was done by conducting 235 presentations to show thousands of Workplace Giving contributors how their donations have helped the disadvantaged. The program resulted in 634 pledges raising an incredible AUD 108,334 (USD 104,452) well over the original target of AUD 80,000 (USD 77,121 USD).
The 2013 Ford Loaned Executive was Luke McSeveny from Manufacturing Operations in Geelong. Over 13 weeks, McSeveny met groups of employees across the AMO site as well as the Proving Ground and Research and Development Centre, seeking their support to either begin, increase or continue their generous donation through workplace giving. McSeveny was responsible for conducting 35 presentations, securing 167 pledges - the highest number received from a single Loaned Executive, resulting in an amazing annual increase of AUD 19,185 (USD 18,499).
McSeveny was also a finalist in the 2013 Gordon Murray Award that acknowledges excellence in the role of Loaned Executive, for his outstanding results.
Our 2012 Ford Loaned Executive, Craig McCarthy from Product Development, was also invited back to be one of four team leaders supporting McSeveny and the other Loaned Executive team. As an added bonus the winner of the E&S Trading promotion which provides a $1,500 voucher to one new or increasing pledger was won by Ken Dunn a Production Worker on the Machine Line. Ken has been with Ford for 24 years and has been donating to GWYL through workplace giving for almost that long.
“Workplace Giving underpins Give Where You Live’s capacity to allocate funds to its Community Partners. In excess of AUD 1 million will be raised over this coming year. This is Australia-wide best practice. And it is directly attributable to the efforts of our Loaned Executives. Congratulation to each of the 2013 Loaned Executives for your exemplary commitment to the community,” said Leigh Johnston, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Give Where You Live.
Loaned executives met groups of employees across the AMO site as well as the Proving Ground and Research and Development Centre.
Ken Dunn (right) won a AUD 1,500 voucher as a result of his continuing support to the cause.