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Companies that Match Gifts to Higher Education Colleges and Universities

Everyone who has attained a bachelor’s degree has received a call from their Alma mater asking for donations, perhaps even before the graduation ceremony has concluded. And the statistics show that alumni do give back to their colleges and universities. Luckily, many of these generous gifts will be matched by alumni’s employers.

Matching Gifts to Education (Colleges and Universities)

Most matching gift programs began by only matching to colleges and universities. Many companies expanded their programs to include other nonprofit organizations, or all nonprofit organizations. However, there still remains a large contingent of companies that only match to higher education ( which excludes K-12 educational organizations or schools).

Almost all the companies you’ve read about in our previous posts (such as Bank of America, GE, Coca-Cola, Home Depot) will match gifts to colleges or universities. In this post we put together a list of some companies with lesser known matching gift programs. Oftentimes when a company only matches to higher education they can fall under the radar.

List of Companies Matching Gifts to Universities

This list is by no means comprehensive but rather a sampling of well known companies with matching gift programs. In fact, over 65% of Fortune 500 companies have an employee matching gift program.

View a list of the top matching gift companies in the US.

Allstate Insuranceallstate-matching-gifts

Allstate will match gifts to higher education on a dollar for dollar basis through their Good Hands Matching Gift program. They will also match 15% on donations made to other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Read more about Allstate’s matching gift program.

ConAgra Foods Inc.conagra-matching-gifts

ConAgra will match gifts to higher education between $25 and $1,000. They also match to programs for nutritional education; these programs need not be associated with a college or university.

Read more about the ConAgra Foods matching gift program.

eBay Inc.ebay-matching-gifts

The popular online auction site will match employee donations made between $25 and $500 per year. In addition to matching gifts to education, Ebay will also match gifts to most other nonprofit organizations.

Read more about eBay’s matching gift program.

Sherwin-Williamssherwin-williams-matching-gifts

Sherwin-Williams offers a matching gift program where the company matches up to $3,000 in donations to a wide variety of nonprofits including colleges and universities.

The company’s matching gift program is open to both current employees as well as retirees.

And in case that’s not impressive enough, Sherwin-Williams also has a great volunteer grant program.

Read more about Sherwin-Williams’ matching gift program.

ExxonMobilExxonMobile Matching Gifts

Although ExxonMobil is actually quite well-known for its corporate philanthropy, it is worth noting in terms of higher education because of how generous the corporation’s program is. ExxonMobil offers two matching gift programs, the Arts and Cultural Matching Gift Program and the Educational Matching Gift Program.

Through the Educational Matching Gift Program, ExxonMobil will match donations to higher education institutions, including U.S. colleges and universities. They match at a 3:1 ratio for the first $7,500 donated.

Read more about ExxonMobil’s matching gift program.

Examples of four colleges and universities promoting matching gifts across their online fundraising:

  1. Adrian College
  2. Eckerd College
  3. The Cooper Union
  4. University of Utah

Adrian College

Adrian College, located in Adrian, Michigan, is a private liberal arts college that was recently ranked as the #1 Midwest College by U.S. News and World Report.

Adrian College promotes matching gifts on their:

  1. Dedicated matching gift page
  2. Donation form with a screen overlay

Main dedicated matching gift page:

If alumni are looking for different ways to support their alma mater, Adrian College’s matching gift page offers helpful information to donors about making their donations go further. They let donors know that it might not just be their own employer that will match their donations; contributors can also solicit their spouses’ companies for matching donations or ask if a company they retired from will match their gift.

Adrian College then offers Double the Donation’s search tool to help donors check if their employers will match their donation.

Adrian College Matching Gift Page

Donation form:

Alumni and others who are ready to give to Adrian College can find more information about matching gift programs on the institution’s online donation form. In addition to the other options on the page, Adrian offers donors the chance to look into matching gift programs their employers provide.

Adrian College Matching Gifts on Donation Form

When the link is clicked, there is a screen overlay with matching gift information. Users simply type in the name of the company they work for to find matching gift information.

College Donation form with Matching Gift Screen Overlay

If their employer provides a matching gift program, the screen overlay displays important information such as:

  • Minimum or maximum donations that will be matched
  • Corporate contact information
  • Links to the electronic matching gift submission process / relevant matching gift forms
  • Easy to understand instructions

Eckerd College

Founded in 1958, Eckerd College is a private, liberal arts college located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Eckerd College promotes matching gifts on their:

  1. Donation form with a link to a new window
  2. Dedicated matching gift page

Donation Form:

If alumni and other individuals choose to contribute through Eckerd College’s easy-to-use online donation form, they can find information about matching gifts in two separate places. Both the text link and the graphic in the sidebar take users to an informative dedicated matching gift page. The matching gifts section of the donation form itself then allows donors to indicate whether their donation will be matched by their employer or their spouses’ employers’ matching gift programs as well.

Eckerd College Donation Form with Two Matching Gift Options

When either the text link or the graphic is clicked, a new window opens taking donors to the college’s dedicated matching gift page. This page tells donors that their spouses’ employers and even former employers (for retirees) could offer matching gift programs to make their donation go further.

Dedicated Matching Gift Page:

Eckerd College’s dedicated matching gift page highlights the Double the Donation search tool for donors to use to research their employers’ gift matching programs offering helpful information and guidelines.

Eckerd College Matching Gift Page

The Cooper Union

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly shortened to simply The Cooper Union, was established as a privately funded college in 1859 by Peter Cooper on the idea that education should be accessible and free to qualified students regardless of race, gender, wealth, or social status. Until 2014, the college granted each admitted student a full-tuition scholarship valued at approximately $150,000. Students who attended The Cooper Union can donate and help fund scholarships, events, and academic endeavors.

The Cooper Union promotes matching gifts on their:

  1. Dedicated matching gift page
  2. Donation form with Double the Donation’s tool in an expandable matching gift section

Dedicated Matching Gift Page:

The Cooper Union’s matching gift page lets alumni and other donors know about matching gifts and gives them instructions on how to obtain a matching donation from their employer. The page also encourages donors to use Double the Donation’s search tool to look for more in-depth information about their employers’ matching gift programs. Additionally, the page offers vital contact information if donors have other questions.

The Cooper Union Matching Gift Page

Donation form:

For donors who are ready to give, The Cooper Union’s online donation form also offers information about matching gift programs that their employers may provide. At the bottom of the page, donors can open an expandable matching gift section.

Higher Education - The Cooper Union Donation Form with Matching Gifts

 

When a user clicks on the expandable section, the Double the Donation search tool appears to help donors research more about their employers’ matching gift programs. Once a donor finds their company, they can find forms, guidelines, and instructions to help their donation to The Cooper Union go even further.

 

The Cooper Union Higher Education Match Tool

University of Utah

The University of Utah is a space-grant research university based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1850, the University of Utah offers over 100 majors and is home to Utah’s only medical school. Former students and others who wish to give to the University of Utah help fund libraries, scholarships, academic projects, and athletic programs.

The university promotes matching gifts on their:

  1. Ways-to-Give page
  2. Dedicated matching gift page
  3. In the donation process with a screen overlay

Ways to Give Page:

While the University of Utah offers its donors many ways to donate, they use the space on their Ways-to-Give page to promote corporate matching gift programs. Not only do they provide general information about matching gift programs, but they also provide donors with Double the Donation’s search tool to learn more about their specific employer’s gift matching policies.

University of Utah Ways to Give Page with Matching Gifts

Matching Gift Page:

In addition to including matching gifts on the Ways to Give page, the University of Utah has a designated matching gift page so they can promote matching gifts via email and social media. They give donors the same search tool that can be found on the Ways to Give page so donors can instantly access the matching gift forms, guidelines, and instructions they need.

Along with company specific matching gift information they also offer many of the most common questions that donors may have.

University of Utah Matching Gift Page

Donation process:

For donors who already know how they want to donate to the university, the donation page reminds them of matching gift programs. Donors are given the option to designate their contribution to a specific program or institute at the university and are also encouraged to look into matching gift programs by clicking on the matching gift link that opens to a screen overlay.

University of Utah Matching Gifts on the Donation Form

When a user clicks on the link it leads to a screen overlay:

University of Utah Matching Gift Popup

 

Additional Matching Gift Marketing Resources:

The colleges and universities who have the most matching gift success incorporate matching gifts throughout their broader fundraising efforts.

While the above examples provide a few samples from a handful of colleges and universities, we encourage you to check out the following resources:

  1. Download our Ultimate Guide to Marketing Matching Gifts
  2. View ideas and examples of how to promote matching gifts in the donation process
  3. View ideas and examples of how to promote matching gifts across your communications
  4. View ideas and examples of how to promote matching gifts across your website

Additional Strategies for Higher Education Institutions Seeking Matching Gifts

A generous corporate philanthropy program can only help your institution if your donors are aware of the potential. You’ll need to take an active approach to both promoting matching gifts and seeking out candidates.

Strategies for colleges and universities can have quite the range, including:

Matching gifts are a valuable resource, so ensure that your institution is taking advantage of the potential. It won’t take much, but, as you can see from the corporate guidelines sampled above, a little goes a long way with matching gifts.

Chicago Philanthropy

Companies in Chicago, Illinois with Matching Gifts

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.

For more information on how you can start maximizing the funds raised through matching gifts, check out Double the Donation’s services.

Allstateallstate logo

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.

Read more about the Allstate matching gift program.

Baxter Internationalbaxter-international_200x200

Baxter is an American healthcare company headquartered in Illinois. Employees donating at least $25 to eligible organizations can apply to have their donations matched.

Read more about Baxter’s Matching Gift Program.

ExelonExelon

Exelon Energy Corporation, headquartered in the Chase Building in downtown Chicago, takes part in corporate giving by matching employee donations up to $2,000.

Read more about Exelon’s Matching Gift Program and volunteer grant opportunities.

Harris Bankharris_bank

Harris Bank or BMO Financial Group will donate up to $2,000 annually per employee match. Full, part-time, and retirees are all eligible.

Read more about the Harris Bank matching gift program.

McDonaldsmcdonalds-matching-gifts

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.

Read more about the McDonalds matching gift program

The Tribune Companytribune_company_x200

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.

Learn more about other companies offering matching gift or volunteer grant programs.

San Antonio Philanthropy

San Antonio Companies With Matching Gift Programs

We at Double the Donation have helped several nonprofits looking for corporate gift matching programs in the Texas and San Antonio area searching for local companies that offer a matching gift service. Matching gift programs can double and sometimes triple the amount your donors give to the organization.

To take advantage of these great fundraising opportunities, San Antonio nonprofits should first familiarize themselves with the companies in their area that offer gift matches. We’ve highlighted just a few of the top companies in San Antonio to help get your organization started.

San Antonio, Texas Donation Matching Programs

San Antonio is the 2nd most populous city in the state of Texas, with the metropolitan area containing around two million residents. The city is home to five of the Fortune 500 corporations. The military, defense industry, and other civil services are the top employers inside the city. There is also a large medical employment sector since the city contains one of the only major medical research and healthcare providers in the region.

San Antonio is home to many attractions such as The Alamo and The Riverwalk. With over 20 million people visiting the city each year, tourism is a major industry for San Antonio. The mix of companies with a presence inside the city could significantly increase your organization’s donation revenue.

Allstate

allstate logo

Allstate Insurance Company will match gifts on a dollar for dollar basis if they are made to an institution of higher education. They will match gifts up to $5,000 per employee each year.

They will also give a 15% match on employee donations to most other nonprofit organizations. This includes museums, cultural institutions, public safety, and educational organizations.

Read more about Allstate’s matching gift program.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance CompanyNationwide

All full, part-time, and retirees can take part in the matching donation program. All donations made to higher education, excluding K-12 programs, will be matched up to $5,000.

Read more about the Nationwide matching gift program.

TesoroTesoro_Pertoleum

Tesoro will match gifts to higher education institutions that are between $25 and $2,500. Both full and part time employees are eligible for this program.

Read more about the Tesoro matching gift program.

USAA

The United Services Automobile Association will match employee donations between $25 and $500. Part time employees are also eligible to participate in the USAA giving program.

Read more about the USAA matching gift program.

Valero

Valero Energy Corporation will match employee donations to most nonprofit organizations, including arts and cultural organizations, health and human services, and environmental programs. They will double any donation made up to $5,000 by their employees.

Read more about the Valero matching gift program.

For a list of top companies offering corporate matching gifts and employee volunteer grants, click here.