Social responsibility has been at the top of the list of priorities for M.C. Dean, Inc. since its beginnings in 1949. The family-operated technology firm has been supporting local communities and programs long before it blossomed into the large corporation it is today with 3,500 employees and operations worldwide.
That is why Bill Dean, president and chief executive officer of the company, launched the M.C. Dean Foundation in the fall of 2009. This “CEO Who Cares” saw the potential impact this charitable fund could have on surrounding communities.
“M.C. Dean, Inc. is more than an engineering and technology company; we are corporate citizens who believe in contributing to the greater good, not only through our core competencies and service offerings, but also by how we give back to the communities where we work and serve,“ Dean said.
Following the creation of the M.C. Dean Foundation, Dean has led his company to able to support more than 40 nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Dean saw education as a good starting point for the organization’s charitable efforts and has therefore launched several education outreach initiatives through the foundation.
From donating instruction time and funds to the Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Ga., to purchasing graphic calculators for the students at the Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School in Washington, D.C., the M.C. Dean Foundation supports those organizations that are important to the company employees.
The caring doesn’t stop there, however. Through the foundation, the company has donated resources and services to a number of charitable organizations to help build and establish programs for members of the community who need it most. Last September, the foundation donated to District of Columbia Center for Therapeutic Recreation approximately $40,000 worth of electrical lighting and upgrades. The center serves children with special needs.
This “CEO Who Cares” also led the company to donate materials and volunteers for more than 500 labor hours to the construction of Hopkins House in Fairfax, Va.
Personally, Dean actively serves on the boards of the Washington Airports Task Force and the North Carolina State University's Engineering Foundation, where he is deeply involved with his alma mater's Institute for NEXT Generation IT Systems program, which protects software-intensive systems through advanced research, collaboration with industry, and the development of sustainable, community-oriented around open systems.
In 2005, the M.C. Dean Foundation donated $32,000 to the Salvation Army of Loudoun County for Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts.
“Our employees have been incredibly generous in the face of this terrible devastation,” Dean said following the event. “This tragedy has been especially difficult for our employees who have loved ones in the affected areas, particularly those in our Florida and Georgia offices, which were closest to the path of the storm. We hope our donations will go a little way to help meeting families’ immediate needs for food and shelter.“
Whether it's a donation of education or services, Bill Dean and the M.C. Dean Foundation are dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which they work and serve.