A Letter from Deb Elam

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE. We are proud of our rich history of supporting our communities and building a world that works better.

Together with our partners, the GE Foundation focuses on health, education and disaster relief. Our strategic philanthropic programs draw on GE’s culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness as we give back to our communities, making a significant and lasting impact.

In 2014, the GE Foundation is celebrating a number of key milestones. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our Developing Health Globally™ program and the fifth anniversary of our Developing Health™ program focused on improving access to primary healthcare in the U.S. Through these two initiatives, we touch the lives of more than 15 million people worldwide each year.

Additionally, over the past 60 years, the GE family has given more than $1 billion to charity through the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program. The concept of corporate matching gift programs started with GE, and our Program supports employees and retirees in their personal philanthropy/charitable giving by providing a one-to-one match.

Launched in 2005, the Developing Futures™ in Education Program has invested more than $225 million and thousands of hours to support student achievement and professional development for teachers in K–12 public schools across the U.S. In addition, the GE Foundation regularly convenes business leaders and educators to help share best practices and drive impactful partnerships in education across 32 states.

In providing humanitarian relief in times of crisis and creating sustainable solutions to health and environmental issues, such as unsafe drinking water, the GE Foundation is supported by the ideas, inspiration and generosity of our employees, who have strong commitments to their communities. In 2013, the entire GE family—including businesses, employees, retirees and the GE Foundation—contributed $215 million and 1.2 million volunteer hours to community organizations in 55 countries.

I am proud of what the GE Foundation has accomplished so far, and I’m honored to be part of our Foundation’s future. As we continue to find innovative ways to respond to the world’s most pressing needs, we look forward to working closely with organizations dedicated to building strong communities. Together, we can make a difference now and for generations to come.


Deborah A. Elam
President, the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE