ELKO – Once again Newmont Mining Corp. and its employees pledged more than $2 million to local charities through the Legacy Fund.
Newmont recently completed its fifth annual Legacy Fund Employee Giving Campaign. About 2,300 Newmont employees pledged $1.095 million and the company will match those donations dollar for dollar for a total of $2.19 million for 2015, said Mary Korpi, director of external relations for Newmont’s Nevada operations.
About 70 percent of Newmont’s workforce participated in the program. This is the third year in a row that 70 percent of the employees participated. Newmont announced the pledges Wednesday.
“It was another record for us,” Korpi said. “It was record giving by our employees.”
“Newmont employees are the driving force that makes the Legacy Fund so successful,” said Tom Kerr, Newmont’s North America regional senior vice president. “At Newmont, giving is ingrained in our culture, as evidenced by our people’s generous contributions of money, time, energy and talents to the health and vitality of our northern Nevada communities. Newmont and our employees have much to be proud of in achieving this remarkable milestone. It truly is cause for celebration.”
The money given will impact more than 175 charities spanning from Winnemucca to West Wendover, she said.
“Every year we’ve seen the amount rise,” Korpi said. The amount pledged equates to about $475 per employee who participates.
Nancy Ostler, executive director of the Legacy Fund and senior external relations representative for Newmont, said the Legacy Fund is a stand-alone 501-c3 that Newmont started in 2011 – when 54 percent of the employees donated $650,000.
“I just think it’s a great way to invest in the community,” Ostler said. “Newmont doubles your money.”
However, she said the success of the fund comes from the employees being willing to donate.
“If we don’t have the employees participate, we won’t have the success,” she said.