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On an annual basis, Hitachi America, Ltd. allocates funds for each Community Action Committee (CAC) to donate to qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Donations are eligible to be considered for a matching gift from The Hitachi Foundation (www.hitachifoundation.org) through its Hitachi Community Action Partnership (HCAP) program. The Hitachi Foundation is an independent non-profit philanthropic organization established by Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Japan (www.hitachi.com) in 1985. Funding must be for specific projects or programs, and organizations are only eligible to receive one donation per year.
In 1987, The Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi group companies established Hitachi’s Community Action Committees (CACs) and the Hitachi Community Action Partnership (HCAP). These programs are based on the belief that employees are best able to identify priority needs in their local communities and are, thus, best suited to take action to address those needs.
Through HCAP, The Hitachi Foundation provides grants to match those given by CACs. This partnership enables the Foundation to support the giving priorities established by each CAC and to increase the impact the CAC has on issues in its individual, local communities. Through HCAP, The Hitachi Foundation also recognizes employee volunteer efforts by providing donations to selected organizations to match employee service hours.
CACs are comprised of a group of employees who volunteer their time and serve on this committee. The committees are charged with establishing giving priorities, reviewing funding proposals and helping to coordinate employee projects. The committees generally seek to support specific projects or programs that will have the greatest positive impact on its local community. They also coordinate both internal and external employee volunteer projects.