One of the best ways to connect with corporate giving programs is to find programs that exist in your own backyard.
San Francisco is a major financial hub for Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area is home to over 7.5 million people and has a GDP of over $518 billion dollars. The San Francisco Bay area is also host to some of the nation’s best corporate giving programs.
The following are eight companies based in San Francisco with great matching gift programs:
Wells Fargo was founded in 1852 in the heart of the budding American West. Initially, the banks’ founding capital was only $300,000. More than 160 years later, the banking giant has generated over $86 billion in revenue.
The company is dedicated to corporate responsibility and has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, philanthropy, and diversity.
Wells Fargo will match a donation as small as $25 and as large at $6,500. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to have their donations matched in addition to retirees. Additionally, Wells Fargo donates more than $500,000 in volunteer grants.
The Gap Corporation’s hold on the clothing market expands far beyond its name-sake apparel store. The company owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta.
In 2010, The Gap spent $16.5 million dollars on employee-driven community investment and matched $2.1 million dollars in employee donations.
The Gap will match donations as small as $25 and as large as $10,000. Employees who donate at least 15 hours of their time are also eligible to receive volunteer grants of $150. The company also encourages teams of employees to volunteer with organizations that serve women or children by offering up to $250 in volunteer grants.
Visa Inc. employs over 7,500 individuals and generates over $9 billion in revenue annually. The credit-card giant processes billions of transactions a year totaling trillions of dollars.
Visa has a strong commitment to corporate responsibility and has been a proud sponsor of the Olympics and Paralympics since 1986.
Visa will match employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $5,000. The company encourages employees to volunteer by picking one outstanding member from each region to give a grant of up to $5,000 for the organization they had dedicated the most hours to.
#4 Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss and Co. has been operating out of San Francisco since its creation in 1873. The jean company now employs over 16,000 individuals and generates more than $4 billion in revenue yearly.
Committed to social responsibility, Levi Strauss and Co. has hosted a worldwide day of service for the last decade. Employees from around the world are given the day off to volunteer with local nonprofits. The company also works with its factories located around the world to make the lives of the workers better.
Levi’s will match employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $1,200. The program applies to current and retired employees, as well as part-timers. If a Levi’s employee volunteers for a minimum of 10 hours to a select nonprofit, the company will issue a volunteer grant of up to $2,400.
#5 Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab is a San Francisco based company that works hard to make a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work. Last year, Charles Schwab employees volunteered over 30,000 hours to hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
The company matches employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $1,000 at a 1:1 ratio.
Charles Schwab will also give group volunteer grants of up to $1,000.
#6 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
PG&E has several philanthropic programs in place, including STEM education, focuses on economic and community vitality, and environmental education and conservation efforts.
Last year, Pacific Gas & Electric employees volunteered over 75,000 hours to support communities in Northern and Central California and donated $7.3 million, with many of those donations being matched by PG&E, increasing the total by $4 million.
PG&E matches gifts at a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $2,500 at a 1:1 ratio.
#7 Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy
While most of the companies on this list are large companies, we shouldn’t forget about small businesses that offer programs for their employees. A great example is the Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy.
Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy is one of the leading Child Therapy practices in Marin County and San Francisco.
As part of their commitment to giving back, MarinCABT offers an employee matching gift program where they match donations made by full-time employees, part-time employees, and their spouses. MarinCABT will provide matching funds of up to $500 per employee per year. The standard match is at a $1 for $1 rate. If an employee makes a donation to a nonprofit focused on helping those who struggle with anxiety, behavioral issues, child wellness, or other mental health issues, we’ll match donations at a $2 to $1 rate (up to a maximum company contribution of $500).
We encourage anyone who’s a doctor or works for a private therapy practice to use Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy’s matching gift program as an example for your own.
Learn more about LinkedIn’s matching gift program.