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RBC partners with Benevity to deepen employee community involvement

August 9, 2016 - In 2015, RBC contributed more than $100 million in donations, community investments, and sponsorships in communities around the world. And RBC’s almost 80,000 employees—who consistently rank community engagement as one of the top three reasons RBC is a great place to work—volunteer thousands of hours and donate millions of dollars to charities every year.

Recently, RBC introduced a new community involvement platform for employees. Powered by a company called Benevity, our new user-friendly platform is a one-stop, modern solution that helps employees manage their donation and volunteer activities.  RBC uses Benevity to distribute RBC’s volunteer grants and employee donations quickly to charities via direct deposit as well as to automate and aggregate behind-the-scenes tasks like generating donor reports and issuing donation receipts. This saves charities time and money, helping stretch every donation dollar.  

In addition to its donation-processing capabilities, the new system also incorporates a robust volunteer management platform that enables RBC employees and our charitable partners worldwide to create and manage volunteering opportunities and events.   

“When an employee volunteers with a charity, they’re more likely to donate to that organization, and vice versa. The move to the Benevity platform allows us to make both activities visible in one spot and we hope this will encourage our employees to build deeper relationships with their charities of choice,” says Valerie Chort, RBC’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation.

RBC is one of the first companies in Canada to adopt the innovative Benevity platform, joining companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple in helping to shift the charitable landscape through user-centred technology and automation. Benevity is a Calgary-based “B” (for “Benefit”) Corporation, which means it has been certified for its formal commitment to benefit society as well as its shareholders.

Charitable organizations are invited to register with Benevity so they can post volunteer opportunities for RBC employees, quickly receive donations from RBC employees, and receive RBC’s employee volunteer grants via direct deposit.