We here at Double the Donation aid nonprofit organizations in their fundraising efforts using corporate matching gift programs. When an employee makes a donation to an eligible organization their company will “match” the gift. In this post we highlight some of the great local companies in the city of Chicago that currently offer matching gift programs.
As a nonprofit, the best place to start increasing matching gifts is knowing who the largest companies are in your area offering these programs.
Chicago, IL Matching Gifts
Illinois hosts 66 of the the Fortune 1000 companies. Chicago is the third largest city in the US by population size. The city is a major finance center involved in transportation, telecom, industry, commerce, and is home to one of the world’s busiest airports. The GDP of Chicago is ranked at #4 for cities, in the world.
Nonprofits across Chicago and Illinois could benefit from some of the generous gift matching programs offered by their city’s companies. Some of the familiar names around Chicago participating in corporate matches are listed below.
List of Chicago Corporate Donation Matching Programs
In order to help nonprofits get started increasing their fundraising, we at Double the Donation have created a short listing of some of the companies that currently offer matching gift programs in the Chicago area.
The Allstate Corporation offers a Matching Hands matching gift program for donations to higher education at a 1:1 ratio. They also offer a 15 percent company match on donations to other nonprofits.
Baxter is an American healthcare company headquartered in Illinois. Employees donating at least $25 to eligible organizations can apply to have their donations matched.
Exelon Energy Corporation, headquartered in the Chase Building in downtown Chicago, takes part in corporate giving by matching employee donations up to $2,000.
Harris Bank or BMO Financial Group will donate up to $2,000 annually per employee match. Full, part-time, and retirees are all eligible.
McDonalds will match employee donations up to $5,000 per year per employee (and $10,000 per employee at or above the level of the Vice President) to qualified education, civic, cultural, health, and youth nonprofits at a 1:1 ratio.
The Tribune Company
The Tribune Company, home of the Chicago Tribune, does offer a 2:1 matching gift program, where donations are tripled to the receiving nonprofits.
Read more about the Tribune Company’s matching gift program.