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Rambus, Inc.

How to EnterCompany: Rambus, Inc., Los Altos, CA
Entry Submitted By: The Hoffman Agency
Company Description: Rambus is a California-based technology licensing company, specializing in the design of high-speed memory architectures. The company is comprised of over 300 employees worldwide, the majority of whom are engineers that research and design the latest innovations found in a range of consumer, computing and communications products.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Community Involvement Program of the Year

Nomination Title: Rambus Community Involvement Program Led by Stephanie Webb

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated company during the eligibility period (up to 500 words):

Most companies select a favorite or “corporate” charity, food drive and/or
annual event. And typically, the amount spent on philanthropic efforts is set by
member(s) of the executive team. This isn’t the case at Rambus. At Rambus,
community programs are driven by the employees themselves.

Case in point: Stephanie Webb. Stephanie, a Human Resources Program Manager at
Rambus, has volunteered her own time to take on the organization of all
Rambus-sponsored community programs. She has helped initiate blood drives with
the American Red Cross and assembled teams of employee volunteers to build new
homes for needy families with Habitat for Humanity. Rambus believes that by
actively engaging in charitable projects, they can foster a healthier
environment for future growth and development.

Also core to the Rambus culture is a belief in the power of education and
technology to create change. As such, the company invests in math, science and
technology programs that encourage the gifted innovators of tomorrow. With the
help of various Rambus employees, Rambus has expanded the company’s philanthropy
to scholarships, awards and donations within surrounding communities. In May of
2009, Rambus granted two $10,000 “Innovator of the Future” scholarships. Rambus’
“Innovator of the Future” is awarded annually to high school seniors who
demonstrate a passion for science and technology. Specifically, Rambus pays out
the scholarships in increments of $2,500 over the course of four years after the
recipients enroll in college. Not to be left empty-handed, all “Innovator of the
Future” finalists receive $1,000, intended to be used for future college expenses.

Extending its generous support within the field of education, Rambus bestows an
annual award to two extraordinary local teachers. This award makes it possible
for recipients to attend the Krause Center for Innovation Merit Program, a
course designed to show teachers how to integrate technology into classrooms.
After the ten-day course is completed and the teachers have had a chance to
apply what they learned, Rambus hosts an awards banquet and grants $5,000 to the
teacher who demonstrates the best implementation of technology into the classroom.

Rambus has also donated hundreds of laptops to schools and charitable
organizations to help advance the education of local youth.

In addition to supporting employee-driven community service projects, Rambus
embraces its employees’ individual charitable interests by:

•             Encouraging employee giving via a company-wide monetary gift-matching program
•             Offering eight paid-time-off hours for employees to volunteer
•             Conducting in-house donation drives to facilitate donations from employees
(example: blood drives, holiday can and toy drives, etc.)

Under Stephanie’s leadership this year, Rambus employees spent more than 1,900
hours volunteering at various charitable organizations, orchestrated multiple
charitable campaigns and collaborated with more than 20 organizations that
strive to promote the quality of surrounding communities.

List the URLs (web addresses) of any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that you would like the judges to see that support your entry. IMPORTANT: List each URL on a separate line, begin each URL with http://, and enclose each URL in square brackets. For example, []:

Rambus Community Relations Page:   

News Stories:

Rambus Receives Humanitarian Award
By Steve Johnson, SiliconBeat  

Pathways Hospice honors Rambus, others
By Staff, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal   

Two local graduates receive Rambus Scholarships
By Staff, Los Altos Town Crier

Relevant Press Releases for 2009:
Rambus Receives Frances C. Arrillaga Humanitarian Award for Philanthropic and
Humanitarian Leadership:  

Rambus Announces Winners of the 2009 “Innovator of the Future” Scholarship

Rambus Participates in National Rebuilding Day:

Rambus also supports the following organizations:
•             ALearn
•             American Cancer Society (Daffodil Days)
•             American Cancer Society (Relay for Life)
•             American Red Cross
-              Annually hosts five blood drives in the Los Altos, Chapel Hill and Bangalore
•             Blood Centers of the Pacific
-              Blood & Bone Marrow Drives
•             Boys & Girls Club
•             Children's Health Council
•             Community Services Agency
•             Computer History Museum
•             D.A.R.E.               
•             Family Giving Tree
•             Habitat for Humanity
•             Krause Center for Innovation
•             Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
•             Level Playing Field Institute
•             Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District
•             MOUSE Squad
•             Pathways Hospice Foundation
-              Rambus was named a recipient of the Frances C. Arrillaga Humanitarian award;
Rambus was the first company to receive this honor after supporting the
organization for over fifteen years
•             Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT)
-              Each summer, employees partner to assemble science kits for local teachers
•             Rebuilding Together
•             Relay for Life
-              The “Rambus Ramblers” have been the top funding team numerous times
•             Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair
•             Second Harvest Food Bank
-              Each year employees gather to sort food
•             Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 100 words):

Stephanie Webb: Rambus’ Lead Volunteer

Stephanie Webb is a Human Resources Program Manager. Aside from her daily HR
activities, Stephanie has spearheaded the company’s charitable efforts. In her
role, Stephanie works with various organizations to see how Rambus can provide
support, whether it is through monetary donations or volunteer hours. In
addition, Stephanie regularly sends out her monthly “Community Relations Update”
e-mail, informing the Rambus community of what is going on each month and
encouraging support from her colleagues. For each event that Rambus supports,
Stephanie also identifies a “Rambus Lead” that helps her to rally Rambus-support
and co-spearhead the event.

Outside of Rambus, Stephanie spends time to promote the health and well-being of
the local community. by volunteering her time to the Ronald McDonald House.