The 15 Most Generous Companies Of The Past Year

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Everyone knows the world’s largest corporations make billions in profits selling various products to the public and private sectors.But how much do those companies give back to the communities they profit from?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has just released a mega-report on the largest companies’ philanthropic giving. Here are the top 15 charitable companies and how much they gave compared to last year.

15. Wells Fargo gave $213 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $213,481,849

Overall % Change From 2010:: -2.6%

2011 Pretax Profits: $23,656,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

14. ExxonMobil gave over $234 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $232,658,037

Overall % Change From 2010: 17.8%

2011 Pretax Profits: $73,257,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

13. J.P. Morgan Chase gave over $273 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $202,961,667

Overall % Change From 2010: 26.3%

2011 Pretax Profits: $26,749,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

12. Cisco Systems gave over $295 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $42,941,703

Overall % Change From 2010: 97.9%

2011 Pretax Profits: $7,825,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

11. Goldman Sachs gave over $337 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $337,077,886

Overall % Change From 2010: 6.9%

2011 Pretax Profits: $6,169,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

10. Bristol-Myers Squibb gave over $551 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $64,310,860

Overall % Change From 2010: 16.5%

2011 Pretax Profits: $6,981,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

9. Eli Lilly gave over $597 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $47,755,000

Overall % Change From 2010: 38.4%

2011 Pretax Profits: $5,349,500,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

8. Johnson & Johnson gave over $706 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $118,962,000

Overall % Change From 2010: N/A

2011 Pretax Profits: $12,361,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

7. Abbott Laboratories gave over $732 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $60,312,055

Overall % Change From 2010: 16.9%

2011 Pretax Profits: $5,198,642,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

6. Microsoft gave over $949 million last year in cash and products

Cash Given: $105,075,000

Overall % Change From 2010: 57.4%

2011 Pretax Profits: $23,150,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

5. Wal-Mart gave over $958 million last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $342,350,438

Overall % Change From 2010: 25.2%

2011 Pretax Profits: $24,398,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

4. Google gave over $1.11 billion last year in cash and products.

Cash Given: $115,000,000

Overall % Change From 2010: 225.1%

2011 Pretax Profits: $12,326,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

3. Merck gave over $1.26 billion last year in cash and products

Cash Given: $72,600,000

Overall % Change From 2010: 9.4%

2011 Pretax Profits: $7,334,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

2. Oracle gave over $2.31 billion last year in cash and products

Cash Given: $11,820,256

Overall % Change From 2010: 0.1%

2011 Pretax Profits: $11,411,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

1. Pfizer gave over $3.06 billion last year in cash and products

Cash Given: $56,415,018

Overall % Change From 2010: -1.4%

2011 Pretax Profits: $12,762,000,000

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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