Apple CEO’s Philosophy on Matching Gifts and Corporate Giving

Apple Matches Employee Donations up to $10,000In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple’s CEO shared his personal thoughts on Apple’s matching gift and corporate giving programs.

At Double the Donation, we know that matching gift and volunteer grant programs are continuously evolving. We like to highlight the companies which enhance or introduce new employee giving programs which contribute to the increases in corporate donations over the years. In the past, we’ve covered companies such as Expedia, BP, Microsoft, and Walmart, but for this article we’d like to recognize Apple.

Apple, as one of the world’s largest employers, continues to introduce new employee giving programs which benefit nonprofits across the world. It instituted its matching gift program in 2011 and in 2014 expanded its matching gift program and instituted a Dollars for Doers Program as well.

Apple Instituted an Employee Matching Gift Program

In September 2011, Apple introduced a matching gift program for employees. At the time, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, sent out the following letter to employees:

Team:

I am very happy to announce that we are kicking off a matching gift program for charitable donations. We are all really inspired by the generosity of our co-workers who give back to the community and this program is going to help that individual giving go even farther.

Starting September 15, 2011, when you give money to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Apple will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 annually. This program will be for full-time employees in the US at first, and we’ll expand it to other parts of the world over time.

Thank you all for working so hard to make a difference, both here at Apple and in the lives of others. I am incredibly proud to be part of this team.

If you’d like more information on the program, you can get it on HRWeb, which can be easily accessed through AppleWeb.

Tim

Tim Cook was the driver for instituting Apple’s matching gift program for employees. When asked about his personal philosophy regarding corporate philanthropy and matching gift programs, he emphasized the value of taking a bottoms-up approach to Apple’s corporate giving strategy.

So it’s not some corporate committee deciding, but it’s our 80,000 employees deciding what they want to do, and then we match it.

 
View details on the matching gift program which Apple instituted in 2011.

Impact of Apple’s Matching Gift Program

Back in November of 2011, a little over a month after Apple introduced the employee matching gift program; Apple announced company contributions had reached over $1.3 million dollars. This funding supports a wide range of organizations such as art museums, zoos & aquariums, schools, community organizations, etc.

In the company’s announcement on Dec.

As we enter into 2013, we expect the company will shed light on the positive impact the program has had on community programs around the country. While still early, we anticipate the impact of Apple’s programs to rival those of other major tech employers throughout the country.

For example, read more about how Microsoft has donated over a billion dollars through the company’s employee giving programs.

Matching Gift Programs at Technology Companies

While Microsoft and Apple leaders in corporate philanthropy, the companies aren’t alone. Matching gift and volunteer grant programs are prevalent at technology companies around the world. Here are a few additional tech companies with employee giving programs:

Cisco’s Employee Giving ProgramsCisco Matches Employee Donations to Nonprofits

Cisco offer both matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Through the company’s matching gift program, Cisco matches charitable donations to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations and schools. The company also provides a volunteer grant program where Cisco provides grants of $10 per hour to organizations where employees volunteer.

View additional details on Cisco’s matching gift and volunteer grant program.

Oracle Employee Giving ProgramsOracle Matching Gift Program

Each year Oracle donates millions of dollars in cash to organizations across the world.

Part of these donations go through Oracle’s matching gift programs. While Oracle’s matching gift program limits are much lower than matching gift limits at many other tech companies, Oracle should still be recognized for offering an employee giving program which will provide funding to thousands of organizations.

View additional details on Oracle’s matching gift program.

SalesForce.com’s Employee Giving ProgramsSalesForce.com Matches Donations from Employees and Offers Grants to Nonprofits when Employees Volunteer

SalesForce encourages employees to give back to communities by both matching employee donations and offering grants for volunteering.

The company matches donations to nearly all nonprofits up to $500 per employee each year and also provides nonprofits with $100 grants for every 10 hours an employee volunteers.

View additional details on SalesForce.com’s matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Electronic ArtsEA Matches Employee Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

Electronic Arts is consistently praised as one of the top companies to work for by its employees.

Part of the reason can be attributed to the company’s generous matching gift program. EA matches employee donations to nearly all nonprofits up to $5,000 annually per employee.

View additional details on Electronic Arts’ matching gift program.

Want to learn about other companies with great matching gift programs?

Matching Gift Companies

Readers: Want to learn about other companies with great matching gift programs? Check out our list of national companies which match employee donations. You can also tour Double the Donation’s service to learn how we help nonprofits across the country raise more money from employee giving programs.

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