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 that contribute to the increases in corporate donations over the years.
In the past, we’ve covered companies such as:
In this article we’d like to recognize Apple which since becoming the world’s largest company has instituted a number of corporate philanthropy programs.
Apple Corporate Philanthropy Background
Shortly after Tim Cook became Apple’s CEO, he announced there would be changes in the company’s corporate giving practices. In the company’s early years, Apple was not necessarily known for having the most extensive charitable programs in place, but since it’s implementation of a matching gift program four years ago, the corporation has made huge strides in its fundraising efforts.
Apple Instituted an Employee Matching Gift Program
When Apple introduced its new standard on corporate philanthropy, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, sent out the following letter to employees:
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 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.
Impact of Apple’s Matching Gift Program
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.
Apple, as one of the world’s largest employers, continues to introduce new employee giving programs which benefit nonprofits across the world. Not only does it have a matching gift program in place for its employees, but in 2014, it expanded its matching gift program and instituted a Dollars for Doers Program. The company now donates $25 per hour to each organization at which their employees volunteer.
Since the launching of its matching gift program in 2011, Apple has matched over $25 million of its employees’ charitable donations. The impact of Apple’s charitable programs are now beginning to rival those of other major tech employers throughout the country.
Matching Gift Programs at Technology Companies
While Microsoft and Apple are 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
LinkedIn’s Employee Giving Programs
LinkedIn has quickly gone from a startup based in San Francisco to the world’s leading social network for professionals.
Along with LinkedIn’s growth has come new corporate philanthropy programs. One such program is LinkedIn’s matching gift program where the company matches donations from employees to most 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions up to $1,000 per employee per year.
Recap: Apple and many other leading technology companies have matching gift programs as a way to further support the organizations which their employees care about.