Through our PULSE volunteering programme our high-performing employees work and utilise their professional skills with nonprofit organisations in communities around the world. They will come back with new ideas, energized and motivated, all of which will help us be a more effective organisation in the future. —Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline CEO

In 2009, the London-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) launched its PULSE Volunteer Partnership program, which matches highly skilled GSK employees with nonprofits in need of their expertise. In return, the volunteers develop their leadership capabilities and understanding of healthcare.

Among a select group of nonprofits to receive volunteers, Direct Relief has been honored to host 16 skilled professionals at our offices in Santa Barbara and South Africa, as well as at partner organizations in Kenya and the U.S.

Direct Relief has seen transformational change as the PULSE Volunteers contribute their professional skills and knowledge in key growth areas, including information systems, organizational efficiency, and supply-chain management. Through their contributions, PULSE Volunteers have helped create positive, sustainable change in the organization and, ultimately, helped improve health for people in underserved communities.