Slovak Telekom’s programme called Pomáhame komunite (We Help the Community) was created in 2004 as the first grant programme in which employees could nominate a nonprofit organisation which they know or in which they personally participate to receive grants from the telecommunications provider. The idea received a great response from employees as each could recommend a specific project of a non-profit organisation and ask for grant assistance. Slovak Telekom has now completed eight successful years of its Pomáhame komunite programme.
“The employee grant programme increases the engagement of employees in their community, enables them to support projects they know, and in this way they can improve the quality of life in their community,” said Andrej Gargulák, the head of Slovak Telekom’s corporate communication. The programme is the largest employee-initiated grant programme in Slovakia and it has funded 374 projects from across Slovakia with a total of €400,000.
The programme is financed from Endowment Fund Telekom (Nadačný fond Telekom) and administered along with the Pontis Foundation, which helps evaluate projects through a committee consisting of independent experts from various non-profit areas so that the best ideas are selected for funding.
Projects with many different kinds of themes have been supported through this programme such as reconstruction of historical monuments, work therapy assistance for children who leave orphanages, creative activities at the children’s cardiology centre, multi-mediapublication for hearingimpared citizens, renovation of playgrounds,and many others community-based initiatives.