United Way Recognizes UPS for Record $1 Billion in Giving to Communities With the 'Thank a Driver' Campaign - Smart Money This summer, UPS and its employees and retirees will reach the exceptional milestone of $1 billion in total contributions to United Way since the company began its annual workplace campaigns in 1982. To show appreciation, United Way is leveraging traditional and social media across the country to thank UPS drivers during the week of August 2-6. "UPS is a driving force for positive change in our communities," said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "Reaching a billion dollars in corporate giving is a remarkable milestone. In Los Angeles, UPS employees give more to our Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan than any other company, providing evidence that being successful in business and giving back to the community can go hand in hand. We were proud to present them with our Spirit of L.A. award at this year's Corporate Philanthropy Summit."