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Funding will go toward the RG Foundation, the US$5M fund whose mission is to make the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work

Reward Gateway, the global HR Technology leader and employee engagement company, today announced a new round of grants that will be focused on supporting organizations that are improving racial equality within the workplace. The RG Foundation will administer this initiative as part of its mission to make the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work – for everyone.

Since its creation in 2018, the RG Foundation has issued 11 grants in support of organizations around the world that advance education, relieve poverty, promote better working conditions and improve workplace access, diversity and inclusion. The funding for this new series of grants comes from a personal donation by Reward Gateway CEO Doug Butler, and will be open for organizations whose work promotes racial diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.

“Business leaders are in a position to create sustainable change to help overcome systemic racism,” says Doug Butler. “Reward Gateway Founder, Glenn Elliott, started the RG Foundation in 2018 and demonstrated how we can extend our mission to make the world a better place to work by supporting specific charitable causes. Based on what’s happening in the world today, I feel we need to take specific actions to support work-related initiatives focused on racial equity and historical injustice. By funding this focused round of grants, and earmarking them toward race-based challenges, we can put actions behind our words of support and discussions around the Black Lives Matter movement and other similar causes.”

Glenn Elliott, Founder of Reward Gateway and the RG Foundation says:

“I think it’s important that successful companies contribute to making positive improvements in society for everyone's benefit. Responsible, sustainable capitalism has to be more than just paying our taxes, but about encouraging good citizenship too. I am very proud that we have been able to support the work of some fantastic organizations around the world already and this generous, personal donation from Doug will enable us to make an even bigger impact this year than we had hoped.” 

Commenting on the news, Tunde Banjoko, Founder of Making the Leap, a London-based charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of, and increasing opportunities for young people, and external advisor on racial equality to Reward Gateway says: 

“In a year that will go down in history in the movement for racial justice, it’s become clear that genuine leadership from our businesses and institutions is critical to advancing racial equity, and statements and symbolism alone are not enough. I therefore fulsomely applaud the RG Foundation for its support of organizations that are focused on racial equality in the workplace, and efforts to bring us one step closer to the change that we have for so long desperately wanted to see.”

In order to submit a grant application, an organization or project must be nominated by a Reward Gateway employee or a Trustee of the RG Foundation. To learn more about the RG Foundation, please visit www.rg-foundation.org or email rg-foundation@rewardgateway.com.

For further information, contact media@rewardgateway.com

About Reward Gateway: 

Reward Gateway helps more than 1,800 of the world’s leading companies, in 23 countries, to connect, recognize and support their best people with an employee engagement platform that brings employee benefits, discounts and perks, recognition and reward, employee wellbeing, employee communications, and employee surveys into one unified hub. Clients include American Express, Unilever, Samsung, IBM, and McDonald’s. For more information, please visit www.rewardgateway.com.