Consiva Matching Gifts

Consiva | The JK Group’s New Corporate Philanthropy Software

Consiva

Great news for nonprofits and corporations! On November 13, 2013 JK Group announced the launch of Consiva. While Double the Donation and JK Group are completely separate and unrelated companies, we’re always excited when one of the leaders in corporate philanthropy software announces upgrades and new products.

While there aren’t any immediate impacts to nonprofits which subscribe to our employee matching gift service, we figured we’d cover this news story as the JK Group powers many of the employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs which we track in our database / nonprofits rely on.

About Consiva:

Consiva is JK Group’s updated suite of philanthropic solutions designed to provide a new way for corporations to drive employee engagement, integrate information and activities, and measure the success of their efforts, both in the United States and internationally.

Built-in functionality includes support for:

  • Employee giving programs
  • Payroll giving
  • Matching gifts
  • Special giving campaigns
  • Disaster relief
  • Employee assistance
  • Individual and team fundraising
  • Individual and team volunteering
  • Volunteering grants
  • Management of sponsorships and events
  • Corporate grants

We spoke with one of our colleagues at JK Group- Hesha Patel, Director of Marketing who confirmed that the software is not only available for new corporate clients but they’re also in the process of migrating over JK Group’s existing corporate customers.

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Impact on Nonprofits:

When we heard of the new Consiva launch, our team at Double the Donation was particularly interested in how the new software impacts nonprofits (both our customers as well as all of the other nonprofits that rely on employee giving programs as a source of funding).

We expect an increase in the number of employees submitting matching gifts and volunteer grants as well as a reduction in the administrative effort required from a nonprofit to track and process these grants.

Higher Employee Utilization:

Let’s face it, employee participation rates in corporate giving programs are often low. So we get excited anytime there’s a major enhancement in the software that powers many of the world’s leading corporate philanthropy programs.

Since JK Group’s software is used by more Fortune 500 companies than any of the other corporate vendors, we fully expect that Consiva’s launch will make it easy for CSR professionals to launch, manage, and communicate employee giving programs.

That’s good news for everyone and will ultimately lead to higher employee participation rates (which means more dollars for nonprofits!).

Easier to Manage:

If you’re like many of the nonprofits we work with, managing unique usernames and passwords for each company with a matching gift or Dollars for Doers program is tough. Fortunately it’s about to change.

With the new Consiva OMS (Organization Management System), each nonprofit will have a single username and password to manage its accounts with all of the corporations who use JK Group’s products.

Learn More:

  • Corporations interested in learning more about JK Group’s offerings can either read our overview on the company or visit JK Group’s website.
  • Nonprofits interested in learning about our fundraising tools which help raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs should click here.
Matching Gift Acknowledgement

Matching Gift Integration | Three Methods for Nonprofits and Fundraising Platforms

One of the most common questions received by Double the Donation’s sales and customer support teams is around the different ways to integrate matching gift information into a website or platform. We support three different integration options:

  1. Host match pages on Double the Donation’s servers (designed for individual nonprofits)
  2. Embed match information directly on the nonprofit’s website (designed for individual nonprofits)
  3. Use our matching gift API (designed for fundraising platforms and service providers)

 

Host Matching Gift Pages on Double the Donation’s Servers

The easiest way for a nonprofit to share matching gift information with its donors is by building matching gift pages hosted on Double the Donation’s website. This option is included in all pricing tiers and can be done instantly through our online account set up process.

During the online sign up process you’ll choose a URL (ex. https://doublethedonation.com/xyzorganization) which will become your nonprofit’s custom matching gift website. You’ll enter basic information about your organization including:

  1. A description of your nonprofit
  2. Your organization’s contact information
  3. Upload a logo
  4. Choose a background color

That information is then automatically combined with our searchable database of companies which match employee donations or offer grants for volunteering into a site which you can share with your donors and supporters. Here are a few examples:

Example #1: Lafayette Partners in Education Matching Gift Page
(https://doublethedonation.com/lpie)

Create your own matching gift pages on Double the Donation's servers


Example #2: Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Matching Gift Page
(https://doublethedonation.com/abg)

Hosted Matching Donation Pages on Double the Donation's Servers

Sign up and build your own matching gift pages on Double the Donation’s servers.

 

Embed Match Information Directly on a Nonprofit’s Website

For organizations looking to integrate matching gift information directly on their own website, we also provide the ability to embed our matching gift widget.

This involves adding seven lines of code (generated automatically when organizations subscribe to select tiers) to the appropriate pages on the nonprofit’s website.

Insert our matching gift search functionality by using the code we provide

Add Our Matching Gift Search Directly to Your Own Website

Suggested locations to include our matching gift widget include:

  1. Dedicated match pages
  2. Ways to give pages
  3. Donation screens
  4. Confirmation screens

Here are a few examples:

Embedded Example #1: New York Public Media
(http://www.thirteen.org/support/employer-matching-gift/)

Embed matching gift data on a nonprofit's website


Embedded Example #2: National Kidney Foundation
(http://www.kidney.org/matchinggifts)

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Nonprofits can maintain a fully branded user experience by integrating our matching gift search directly into pages hosted on the nonprofit’s website.

Sign up and embed matching gift information on your own site.

 

Use our Matching Gift API

Matching Donation APIThe previous two options were integration methods for a single nonprofit but Double the Donation also provides a matching gift API for partners such as:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising platforms
  • Donor management / CRM software
  • Online donation platforms
  • And any other companies interested in providing employee matching gift data to nonprofits and their donors

Our API provides complete access to the raw matching gift data making it easy for you to incorporate matching gift information into your company’s own service.

Visit the Matching Gift API section of our website for complete details.

Benevity Matching Gifts

Benevity: Workplace Giving Tools for Corporations

Looking for information on Benevity or trying to figure out which companies use Benevity’s corporate philanthropy software?

Good news, while Double the Donation is a completely separate and non-related company (we provide employee matching gift tools to nonprofits whereas Benevity provides services to corporations), we can share much of the information which you’re looking for.

Benevity's Workplace Giving Tools

About Benevity:

Almost all major companies have philanthropic giving programs in place. Sometimes they’re managed entirely internally, but many use a vendor for the corporate philanthropy software and administration.

Benevity, one of the corporate philanthropy vendors, was founded in Calgary in 2008 by Bryan de Lottinville. Since then it has become one of the leading providers of CSR software in both the US and Canada.

Benevity offers a full suite of technical solutions to help companies power their corporate philanthropy programs.

These include:

  • Centralized donation management & payroll deductions
  • Custom cause portfolios & disaster response
  • Company & user-generated volunteering opportunities
  • Dynamic news & blog content
  • Charitable rewards & matching incentives
  • Comprehensive reporting capabilities
  • International capabilities

It’s also worth noting that Benevity is a registered BCorp (uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems) that helps companies to make a difference while achieving greater business impacts from their cause marketing, community investment, workplace giving and volunteering programs.

 

Which Companies Use Benevity?

Benevity provides corporate philanthropy software to many US and Canadian based corporations. A few clients include:

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Benevity Causes for Nonprofits:

Benevity Causes is a portal which Benevity runs for nonprofits. It offers charities direct access to customize their interactions with companies around the world.

Some of the services Benevity Causes provides include:

  • Gaining exposure & connecting with businesses
  • Updating your cause profile
  • Accessing detailed donor reports
  • Receiving funds faster & more efficiently
  • Adding volunteer opportunities

Since Benevity provides the software that powers many large companies’ corporate philanthropy efforts, we recommend that all nonprofits register with Benevity Causes.

Double the Donation’s Relationship with Benevity:

Benevity and Double the Donation are two completely separate businesses.

While Benevity provides workplace giving tools to companies, Double the Donation helps nonprofits raise more money from the employee matching gift programs offered by companies across the world.

Double the Donation’s database of matching gift companies includes matching gift programs managed either internally at companies or outsourced to one of the many corporate vendors such as:

Click here for additional information on these matching gift vendors.

How Do I Contact Benevity?

If you’re a corporation interested in learning more about Benevity’s software solutions you can contact the company in one of three ways:

  1. By email – Use the company’s contact form
  2. By phone – (403) 237-7875
  3. By mail – Benevity, 300, 805 – 10th Avenue SW. Calgary, AB, T2R 0B4

Check out Benevity’s website to get more information about their services.

 

Double the Donation

It’s important to remember that Benevity and Double the Donation are completely unrelated companies.

Double the Donation sells an easy-to-use tool to nonprofits to help them promote matching gifts to donors (check out our service to see if it can help your organization increase matching gift fundraising). Our database of matching gift companies includes those administered by Benevity as well as those managed by other matching gift vendors.

Double the Donation’s team researches and manages a database of matching gift company guidelines, forms, and contact information which nonprofits and their donors can access. If you’re a nonprofit looking to improve your matching gift fundraising, test out our service.

Bright Funds Philanthropy

Bright Funds | Workplace Giving Solutions

Are you a nonprofit or corporation looking for information on Bright Funds?

Good news, while Double the Donation is a completely independent and non-related company which specializes in helping nonprofits raise more money from employee matching gift programs, we can share much of the information on Bright Funds you’re looking for.

 

Brightfunds Corporate Giving

 

What Does Bright Funds Do?

Bright Funds is an online charitable giving platform for individuals and companies that makes it easy to donate to highly effective charities working on the issues that matter most to you. Bright Funds uses foundation-level research to develop funds of high-impact nonprofits working in areas like: the environment, education, water, poverty, health, and human rights. Through a sleek and intuitive interface, Bright Funds donors build a portfolio of charitable “investments” by selecting the cause-based funds and individual nonprofits that reflect their passions.

Bright Funds is built on the model of a mutual fund: when you make a contribution to a fund, you are supporting a diverse group of highly effective nonprofits. Through Bright Funds’ Workplace Giving program, donors may also select their own favorite nonprofits and add to their charity portfolio. Bright Funds empowers people to promote holistic solutions to some of the most pressing problems in today’s world—from environmental protection to access to clean water, from poverty alleviation to basic education. Brights Funds also simplifies tax reporting by enabling users to get a single tax report for all of their charitable donations.

 

Bright Funds’ Workplace Giving Platform

Companies give employees the opportunity to select from among the highest-performing 401(k)s. Shouldn’t they also be given the opportunity to select from among the most effective nonprofits? Bright Funds helps companies engage employees in workplace giving programs by offering an innovative charitable giving experience. Bright Funds provides a visually, emotionally and intellectually appealing giving experience, and it enables employees to invest for impact, track progress, and share results with their colleagues. Bright Funds also partners with companies to build company-specific “funds” that contain local nonprofits the company is closely connected to.

Bright Funds is like an outsourcing a CSR strategy for HR departments. Administration of Bright Funds is hands-off for people in HR or benefits. Bright Funds’ workplace giving platform is cloud-based, which means it does not require lengthy IT integration. It is scalable and can support companies with 10 or 1000 employees. Bright Funds uses bank-level security to protect company and employee data. And payroll integration means it is easy for employees to deduct monthly contributions from their paychecks just like a 401(k). Bright Funds gathers hard data about employee giving to make it easy for companies to gain insight into what their employees care about and easily track which causes they support.

 

How Do I Contact Bright Funds?

For more information about Bright Funds’ individual and workplace giving platforms, or to sign up for your free Bright Funds account, visit http://BrightFunds.org/enterprise. There you can learn what nonprofit organizations are in each fund, find out how Bright Funds builds its funds, read answers to frequently asked questions, and more. If you’re a corporation interested in bringing Bright Funds’ workplace giving platform to your company, e-mail team@brightfunds.org.

 

Double the Donation’s Relationship with Bright Funds:

Double the Donation is a completely different company from Bright Funds.

While Bright Funds provides a platform for individual and workplace charitable giving, Double the Donation works with nonprofits to help them raise more money from companies with matching gift and volunteer grant programs. We sell an easy-to-use tool to nonprofits which helps an organization’s donors submit match requests

Check out our service!

Double the Donation’s database of companies which match employee donations includes those managed either internally at companies or outsourced to one of the many corporate vendors such as:

Click here for additional information on these matching gift vendors.

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Three Keys for Private Schools to Raise More Money From Employee Matching Gift Programs

Matching Gift OverviewAre you a K-12 private school looking to raise more money from employee matching gift programs? If so, this article is for you!

A significant percentage of the companies that offer to match employee donations will double donations to K-12 private schools. But just because companies offer these programs, doesn’t mean your school’s parents and donors are following through with their match requests.

There are three keys to increasing the amount of money you’re raising from employee grant programs.

#1 – Know Which Companies Match Gifts to Private Schools

At the most basic level, we see some independent schools suggesting that parents “reach out to their HR departments.” But that’s just the beginning. If your private school wants to increase matching gift revenue, make sure you’re aware of the many companies that match employee donations.

In fact, hundreds of companies in nearly every major city match employee donations. While we can’t list out our entire database, here are a few examples to help your independent school’s staff get a better feel for the standard match programs offered by companies,

Heinz

Heinz-matching-donationsThe H. J. Heinz company will match donations made to a variety of nonprofits including private schools, up to $5,000 a year per employee or up to $1,000 a year from retirees.

And don’t forget about your volunteers! Through the Heinz Cares program, the company offers a $250 grant for an employee volunteers for 50 hours or a $500 grant after 100 volunteer hours.

Read more about the Heinz matching gift program.

Pepsi Cola

pepsi-matching-gift-program-nonprofitsPepsiCo offers a matching gift program where the company matches donations to nearly all nonprofit organizations including independent K-12 schools. Each year Pepsi matches eligible contributions of up to $10,000 per employee, sometimes at a rate as high as 2:1 (effectively tripling donations.)

And don’t forget about grandparents! Pepsi’s employee match program is open to current employees as well as retirees or their surviving spouses and domestic partners.

Read more about the Pepsi matching gift program.

For a few additional examples, check out our article on the top matching gift companies.

Matching Gift Companies

#2 – Raise Awareness

Unfortunately donors must be the ones to actually initiate the matching gift process. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play a role in prompting donors to think about and submit matching gifts.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to review your fundraising efforts (ex. check your website, email templates, paper letters, etc.) to see where you’re promoting matching gifts. You’ll surely find a number of places where you should be including matching gifts. For instance:

If you have a few minutes look through our matching gift marketing resources for ideas and examples of how other organizations are effectively promoting match programs to parents and donors.

#3 – Make It Easy:

Let’s face it, parents and donors are busy. While they clearly care about your school, between carpool, coaching their kids’ sports teams, PTA duties, and of course their own jobs, time is their most precious asset. So ensure you’re making it as easy as possible for your donors to submit matching gifts.

Providing parents with company specific matching gift information so they don’t need to go to their HR departments can go a long way. This could include information such as:

  • Forms
  • Guidelines
  • Employee eligibility
  • Instructions
  • And anything else your donors need

Consider reaching out to major employers in your area to obtain the appropriate forms or subscribing to a matching gift service (such as Double the Donation).

AmeriGives Philanthopy

AmeriGives | Workplace Giving Tools

Are you a corporation looking for information on AmeriGives or a nonprofit looking to see which companies use AmeriGives?

Good news, while Double the Donation is a completely separate and non-related company, we can share valuable information you may be looking for on what AmeriGives is all about.

Amerigives Matching Gifts

What Does AmeriGives Do?

For two generations, AmeriGives has served as a trusted advisor and service partner to Fortune 500, mid-market and leading nonprofit organizations eager to mobilize their resources on behalf of favorite charities, important causes, and socially relevant programs. As a full-service provider, AmeriGives offers program administration, gift disbursement, data management, web-based solutions, and strategic consulting services to address every aspect of our Corporate Social Responsibility needs.

Having been around for 37 years, AmeriGives is the longest tenured services provider in the industry, and because of their commitment to strategic consulting, reputable service, outsourced staffing support, and dependable technology, AmeriGives continues to be one of the most respected corporate services philanthropy providers in the market.

Corporate giving programs that AmeriGives supports include:

  • Matching gift program administration
  • Employee giving campaigns
  • Disaster relief campaigns
  • Volunteer tracking & event management
  • Volunteer grants (Dollars For Doers)
  • Cause-related Giving Campaigns
  • Days of Caring
  • PAC Giving

 

Who Uses AmeriGives’ Corporate Giving Platform?

AmeriGives provides corporate philanthropy, matching gift, and volunteer grant tools to many of the world’s leading companies.

A few of its clients include:

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Double the Donation’s Relationship with AmeriGives:

AmeriGives and Double the Donation are two completely separate businesses.

AmeriGives provides corporate philanthropy software and workplace giving tools to corporations whereas Double the Donation helps nonprofits raise more money from the employee matching gift programs offered by companies across the world.

Double the Donation’s database of companies which match employee donations includes those managed either internally at companies or outsourced to one of the many corporate vendors such as:

Click here for additional information on these matching gift vendors.

 

How Do I Contact AmeriGives?

If you’re a corporation interested in learning more about AmeriGives’ software solutions you can contact the company in one of three ways:

  1. By email – operations@AmeriGives.com
  2. By phone – (800) 628-2446
  3. By mail – AmeriGives – Corporate Headquarters, 2400 SE Federal Highway, Suite 310, Stuart, FL 34994

Check out AmeriGives’ website.

 

Double the Donation:

It’s important to remember that Amerigives and Double the Donation are completely unrelated companies.

Double the Donation sells an easy-to-use tool to nonprofits to help them promote matching gifts to donors. Check out our service to see if it can help your organization increase matching gift fundraising. Our database of matching gift companies includes those administered by AmeriGives as well as those managed by other matching gift vendors.

Double the Donation’s team researches and manages a database of matching gift company guidelines, forms, and contact information which nonprofits and their donors can access. If you’re a nonprofit looking to improve your matching gift fundraising, test out our service.

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Resources for Companies Creating New Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Programs

While Double the Donation is primarily geared around providing matching gift tools for nonprofits, we also consult with corporations interested in creating or overhauling their employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Before we begin any of these engagements, we always encourage corporate representatives to review the resources and articles contained on our site. Below are a few suggested reads for corporate employees.

Corporate Giving Resources

Resources for Companies Creating New Matching Gift Programs:

Matching Gift Basics: While this article is geared towards nonprofits, it includes a good overview of different aspects of matching gift programs.

Standard Elements of Matching Gift Programs: A great read for corporations explaining the different elements of standard corporate match guidelines.

Top Matching Gift Companies: In this article we highlight ten companies with outstanding employee giving programs. Each company has a unique component to their match programs that cause them to stand out among their peers.

Common Questions from Companies Creating New Match Programs: On a daily basis our team speaks with nonprofits and corporations about matching gift programs. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive.

 

Resources for Companies Creating New Volunteer Grant Programs:

Volunteer Grant Basics: While this article is geared towards nonprofits with a large number of volunteers, it includes a good overview of different aspects of volunteer grant programs.

Top Volunteer Grant Companies: We highlight ten companies which provide volunteer grants of greater than $15 per hour.

Three Ways to Make Dollars for Doers Programs a Program Employees Participate In: Realized Worth outlines how companies can design volunteer grant programs that employees actually participate in.

 

Business Reasons to Create Employee Giving Programs:

The Impact of Matching Gift Programs on Employee Engagement: Get a better understanding of the commonalities of great matching gift programs as well as their impact on employee engagement.

The Importance of Improving Employee Engagement: Wondering why improving employee engagement is good for your business? This article is for you.

 

Implementing Employee Giving Programs:

Corporate Example (Texas Instruments) – Promoting Employee Giving: View a few examples of how Texas Instruments promotes matching gifts to employees and retirees.

Corporate Example (Microsoft) – Promoting Employee Giving: View a few examples of how Microsoft promotes employee matching gifts to employees.

Paper Processing vs. Electronic Process: Learn why more and more companies are switching to electronic platforms for handling employee giving.

Corporate Philanthropy Software Vendors: Looking to implement a new employee giving program? Make sure to check out these leading vendors who have worked with countless companies to design their employee giving systems.

Using Facebook to Share Dollars for Doers Information: Check out how CUNA Mutual, CH2M Hill, and CSX are using Facebook to spread the word to both employees and local communities. 

 

Company Spotlights:

Disney: Disney offers volunteer grants that are tiered based upon the different hourly thresholds.

State Street: State Street’s corporate philanthropy programs have evolved over the years to include matching gifts, volunteer grants, and fundraising matches.

Verizon: Verizon is one of the largest employers in the country and employees across the income spectrum. Learn about the company’s employee giving programs and the impact on communities.

Small Companies Matching Gifts

Have Retirees who Volunteer? Receive Grants from their Former Employers!

Volunteer grants for retirees are one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising for nonprofits. But given that retirees are the most committed volunteers for many organizations, there’s value in promoting volunteer grants to these supporters.

At Double the Donation, we help nonprofits raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. While we’re the first to admit that many company programs are geared exclusively towards current employees, some companies extend their grant programs to retirees who volunteer on a regular basis.

Companies with Volunteer Grant Programs for Retirees

Chevron:chevron-matching-gifts

Like most major oil and gas producers, Chevron has generous employee giving programs. One aspect that differentiates the company from its peers is that its matching gift and volunteer grants are not limited to current employees. Retirees are also eligible to submit grant requests for much of their philanthropic giving.

Each employee or retiree who volunteers for at least 20 hours in a year can request a grant for $500. At $25 per hour, that makes Chevron’s volunteer grant program one of the top ones in the world. And to make it even better, each individual can request up to two grants (either for the same organization or different organizations) for a total of $1,000 annually.

Learn more about Chevron’s Volunteer Grant Program.

PNM Resources:pnm-volunteering

PNM Resources, which stands for Public Service Company of New Mexico, is an energy holding company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company owns both PNM and Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP). As a long-time employer in both markets, the company has a strong passion for giving back.

In addition to PNM Resources’ matching gift program, the company also encourages employees and retirees to volunteer with nonprofit organizations by providing financial grants to the organizations as a way to recognize volunteerism. There are three tiers of grants:

  • 12 volunteer hours = $100 grant
  • 25 volunteer hours = $200 grant
  • 25 volunteer hours and employee or retiree serves on the board of directors = $500 grant

Learn more about PNM Resources’ Volunteer Grant Program.

Aetna:aetna matching gifts

As one of the nation’s largest insurers, Aetna has a presence in nearly all states. Given its size and scope, it’s great to hear that the company offers multiple employee giving programs.

In addition to Aetna’s matching gift program where the company matches donations to nearly any nonprofit, Aetna also provides grants to nonprofits when active employees and retirees volunteer. Once an individual volunteers for at least 20 hours, Aetna will provide a $300 grant to the nonprofit where the employee or retiree volunteered. Coming out to $15 per hour, Aetna’s program is on the upper end of volunteer grant rates!

Learn more about Aetna’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Pfizer:pfizer volunteer grants

Not many companies provide volunteer grants of $1,000 but Pfizer is one of them. In addition to matching up to $5,000 in employee donations at a 1:1 ratio and matching retiree contributions at a 50% ratio, the company also is a huge advocate for ongoing volunteerism.

At the heart of Pfizer’s volunteer grant program is a goal of encouraging regular and long-term volunteerism. Pfizer provides $1,000 grants to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Volunteer for at least 6 month
  • Serve an average of six hours per month for a total of 72 hours in a calendar year

Learn more about Pfizer’s Volunteer Grant Program.

IBM – International Business Machines:ibm-volunteer-grants

As one of the largest and most respected companies in the world, it’s no surprise that IBM also excels in the corporate philanthropy space. In addition to providing matching gifts to thousands of organizations which employees donate to each year, International Business Machines also offers multiple forms of volunteer grants for both current employees and retirees.

Specifics vary, but IBM employees and retirees who volunteer for a minimum of eight hours a month for five months can apply for cash grants of up to $1,000 or technology grants worth up to $3,500 for their favorite nonprofit.

Learn more about IBM’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Top Volunteer Grant Companies for Nonprofits

Additional Resources on Volunteer Grant Programs

Want to learn more about volunteer grant programs and how they benefit your organization? Check out the following resources:

  1. Volunteer grant basics
  2. Team volunteer grants
  3. Top volunteer grant companies
GuideStar Articles Matching Gifts

Reader Question: Submitting match requests for non-personal donations

Although Double the Donation doesn’t administer match programs for any corporations, as experts in the space we’re regularly approached with general matching gift questions. Here’s a question we’ve heard from both individual nonprofits as well as individual donors.

Question Regarding Matches on Non-Personal Donations:

Question from nonprofits:
My organization has donors who work at companies with large matching gift limits. Can we funnel donations through these employees to make sure all of the donations are getting matched?

Question from individuals:
I work for a company which doesn’t have a matching gift program. But my friend Sally’s employer matches donations. Can I give her my money and have her make a donation?

Double the Donation’s Answer:

While we understand the desire to maximize donations from matching gift programs, we strongly recommend that donors only take advantage of their own employers’ match programs. A few reasons include:

Stick with the Spirit of Corporate Match Programs:

At Double the Donation, we track and stay in touch with companies with matching gift programs. In almost all cases, company guidelines specifically state something along the lines of “Gifts must be personal contributions paid either in cash or securities.” Although we don’t administer match programs for any companies, the match benefits are usually designed for personal contributions from individuals working at a specific company.

Thus it’s quite clear that from a corporate standpoint, passing donations through a supporter who works for a matching gift company is definitely frowned upon.

We hope the nonprofit community recognizes that matching grant programs are generous benefits offered by companies to support organizations which employees personally give to. They’re also completely optional programs so we hope everyone utilizes them in the spirit for which they were designed.

Avoid Potential Fraud:

Whenever a matching gift request is submitted, the employee has to sign the form indicating that the donation for which a match is being requested adheres to the company’s guidelines. Additionally whenever a nonprofit verifies a donation, the nonprofit employee confirming the donation is also signing that he or she agrees the donation meets the company’s guidelines.

While we certainly aren’t legal experts, there’s a strong chance that both the employee and the nonprofit would be be committing some sort of fraud by submitting or verifying matches which aren’t eligible to be matched. Doing so could put the employee’s job at risk while also jeopardizing the nonprofit’s eligibility for future matches and grants.

Risk Tax Implications:

Again, we aren’t legal experts, but there are certainly tax implications. For instance, who gets to claim the charitable tax deduction on the original donation? Was it the individual who gave his or her money to a friend to donate or was it the actual donor who submitted the match request?

We hope you won’t get to this point of having to figure out the tax implications, but figured we highlight it as a potential pitfall.

General Thoughts:

We always encourage organizations to stick to the spirit of the match programs. If a specific program is designed for an individual employee’s personal use, we recommend that the employee and benefiting nonprofit not try to game the system. While we’re sure the above isn’t the answer that most individuals and nonprofits want to hear, we hope it’s informative.

That being said, there are a number of companies (ex. Intuit, State Street Capital, McAfee, and others) that match the fundraising efforts of employees. These are some of the most generous employee giving programs so organizations should definitely look into them.

Learn more about companies which match fundraising efforts of employees.

Small Companies Matching Gifts

Companies that Match Gifts to Elementary Schools

At Double the Donation, we frequently receive questions about which companies match gifts to specific nonprofit categories. We previously covered matching gifts at high schools and higher education institutions, but elementary schools and foundations are also major recipients.

It’s well known that almost all companies with matching gifts will match to higher education, but the policies can be confusing in regards to K-12 schools. In this article we highlight a few companies that make a major impact on elementary school education by matching donations from employees.

Corporate Matching Gifts for Elementary Schools

Elementary schools have a lot to gain from corporate matching. HP, for instance, allows employees to support organizations with HP technology. The HP employee contributes 25% of the equipment’s list price and the remaining 75% is matched by the company. Thus a $1,000 donation from a parent would be worth $4,000 in equipment. A single donation like this could update and replace many library or classroom computers.

Companies love being seen as supporters of their local elementary schools and there’s no better way than matching donations from employees. If your school is fortunate enough to have a large donor base, make sure you’re paying attention to companies in your area that match donations (or subscribe to a matching gift service like Double the Donation). The key to increasing your matching gift fundraising is to raise awareness and make it easy for donors to submit match requests.

List of Companies Matching Donations to Elementary Schools

If you’re looking for information about matching gifts or volunteer grants you’ve come to the right place. Check out this list of just a few of the companies that will match gifts to elementary schools.

The Home Depothome-depot-matching

Home Depot will match gifts to almost all 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions (elementary schools included). The company matches employee donations that are between $25 and $3,000.

Like many companies, Home Depot matches on a dollar for dollar ratio.

Read more about Home Depot’s matching gift program.

McDonald’s Corporationmcdonalds-gift-matching

In addition to its work with the Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s will match employee donations up to $5,000 a year to elementary schools.

As one of the largest employers in the world, this matching gift benefit has the potential to impact schools across the United States.

Read more about the McDonald’s matching gift program.

Texas Instruments – TImatching-donations-ti

Not only does Texas Instruments make many of the technologies used in classrooms, it also supports elementary schools with its matching gift program. Additionally, TI stands out for doing a great job notifying employees and retirees of its programs.

The company matches donations of between $50 and $10,000 per employee each year. As an added benefit, Texas Instruments also matches donations from retirees as well as offers grants of up to $1,000 when employees or retirees volunteer regularly.

Read more about the Texas Instruments matching gift program.

The Walt Disney Corporation

The Walt Disney Company will match donations to elementary schools made by current full-time employees, part-time employees, and retirees of between $25 and $15,000 annually. The company matches to all K-12 schools.

If a Walt Disney employee also volunteers with a school, the company will provide a grant of up to $1,000 as a way to recognize the volunteerism.

Read more about Walt Disney’s matching gift program.

Additional Resources:

Matching gift programs can be an additional source of fundraising for elementary schools that have a large donor base. If you’re looking to become even more knowledgeable on corporate giving programs, make sure to check out the following articles.