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For a second year, United Way Suncoast spotlights those who give the most

Publix once again leads all area companies as the "most generous workplace" in the United Way Suncoast's ranking of its top 100 corporate givers, an annual listing the nonprofit first began publicizing last year. About 800 companies participate in United Way Suncoast, which covers Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and De Soto counties.

Eight of the top 10 companies ranked last year are again in the top 10 this year. Two new organizations cracked the top 10 — Wells Fargo ranks fifth this year, up from 11th last year, and the city of Tampa is now 10th, up from 12th a year ago. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), which ranked 10th in 2014, fell to No. 44 this year.

Combined, the top 10 organizations and their employees invested more than $11 million to assist area communities through United Way Suncoast-led and supported programs.

"We are humbled by the generosity we see across the community," Jamie Renee, United Way Suncoast chief development officer said. "Our annual list of the most generous workplaces is one way we can showcase some of our partners and express our sincerest appreciation."

The annual list also reveals some notable absences this year.

Among those companies missing from the United Way Suncoast's top 100 list is TECO Energy, which ranked among the most generous in seventh place last year. TECO is in the process of being acquired by Canadian power company Emera, though its was not that transaction that prompted TECO's absence.

TECO spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said the Tampa company stopped offering employees a direct payroll deduction designed to only fund the United Way. TECO now encourages workers to give on their own to whatever charity they want.

"This puts all charities on a level playing field," Jacobs said.

The Tampa Bay Times ranked 47th last year and 50th this year.

Robert Trigaux can be reached at Follow @VentureTampaBay

>>fast facts

United Way: 10 'most generous' area workplaces

1. Publix Super Markets

2. Raymond James


3. Mosaic Co.


5. Wells Fargo*

6. Macy's

7. Tech Data Corp.

8. Bank of America

9. Enterprise Leasing Corp.

10. City of Tampa*

* New to top 10

Source: United Way Suncoast

For a second year, United Way Suncoast spotlights those who give the most 10/23/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 25, 2015 2:16pm]
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