The KLA Foundation was formed in 2000 to support various charity efforts related to the semiconductor industry throughout Silicon Valley.
In 2007, the Foundation expanded to include an employee gift matching program, encouraging KLA employees to support causes close to their hearts. At this time, the Foundation also began making more targeted contributions to support causes that closely align with the company’s main areas of focus for charitable giving.
In 2009, KLA brought a new dynamic to the Foundation and focused its energy on inspiring employee volunteerism, urging employees to donate their time and talents. Additionally, the company also began to look beyond the Silicon Valley community and started to aid a variety of more global and national causes including disaster relief efforts to support the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and floods in Haiti.
Embracing the organization’s global operation, in 2011 the Foundation dedicated funds to its regional offices throughout the world, encouraging all global employees to help their local communities through donations and in-kind support.
In 2013 in an effort to create a more systematic approach, while maximizing the impact of its charitable giving initiatives, the KLA Foundation adopted separate employee committees to oversee the organization’s key areas of focus—science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, wellness, local community and international community support.
Supporting the communities in which KLA employees live and work has been an important focus for the company since its formation in 1997.
Since organizing the Foundation, KLA has been able to increase its charitable giving across many important causes and motivate employees to become active in their respective communities.