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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.

Microsoft Matching Gift Figures

Matching Gift Eligibility: Which Nonprofits Qualify?

Matching gifts are a goldmine for nonprofits, but there are some limitations on organization eligibility.

It is crucial that you know where your organization stands in terms of eligibility before seeking out matching gifts. If your organization doesn’t qualify, all of your effort is futile.

Since program standards vary company to company, there are no universal guidelines — you cannot know your eligibility for all matching gift programs. However, you can equip yourself with an understanding of the big picture eligibility standards and common exemptions.

Fortunately, we’ve outlined those standards for you here and answered the question:

What are the restrictions for the types of organizations eligible to receive employee matching gift funds?

1st) Most corporate giving programs match to educational institutions and various types of 501(c)(3) organizations, which are typically categorized as:

  • Higher Education — schools offering at least a two-year program of college level studies,„ schools or colleges within a university that conduct their own fundraising efforts (such as law or medical schools), seminaries and theological schools, alumni funds, foundations, etc.
  • K-12 Education — public or accredited private kindergarten through high schools, foundations established by the school districts to fund one or more eligible schools, etc.
  • Arts and Cultural Organizations — aquariums, libraries, museums, orchestras, public broadcasting stations, etc.
  • Community Based Social Services — animal shelters, child welfare, homeless shelters, low-income assistance, etc.
  • Environmental Organizations — conservation efforts, wildlife preservation, etc.
  • Healthcare Based Organizations — healthcare services, hospitals, substance abuse programs, etc.

Approximately 2/3 of companies with matching gift programs will match to an organization that fits into any one of those categories.

For the remaining 1/3, those companies will usually match for one or a select few from the above categories.

For example, ExxonMobil focuses its matching gift efforts on two programs: the “Educational Matching Gift Program” and the “Cultural Matching Gift Program.”

2nd) While most 501(c)(3) organizations and educational nonprofits are eligible for matching gifts from a vast array of companies, there are a few common restrictions, which include:

  1. Political Organizations
  2. Sports Teams
  3. Religious Organizations

Houses of worship such as churches and synagogues are often times restricted, but many faith-based organizations with major community outreach components such as food banks, job training, or homeless shelters are matching gift eligible.

Learn more about matching gift eligibility for religious organizations.

With this outline, you should have a good idea of your organization’s place in the matching gift world. Remember, these are just the standard practices, and there are certainly exceptions.

EasyMatch Matching Gifts

EasyMatch Companies (JK Group): An Insightful Overview

Looking for information on the JK Group or EasyMatch companies? Good news, while Double the Donation is a completely separate and non-related company, we can share much of the EasyMatch information you’re looking for.

What Does EasyMatch Do?

EasyMatch is a corporate philanthropy platform and service run by the JK Group.

Almost all major companies have philanthropic giving programs in place, but many contract out the administration of these programs to a company which specializes in managing the corporate employee giving programs. EasyMatch, the largest vendor of these services to corporations, provides matching gift and volunteer grant platforms for a few hundred companies.

If you’ve ever received a matching gift letter addressed from EasyMatch, odds are it’s being sent on behalf of a company with a matching gift program.

The JK Group works with companies to:

Visit the JK Group’s website.

Which Companies use EasyMatch’s Matching Gift Platform:

EasyMatch manages matching gift and volunteer grant programs for many of the world’s leading companies. Their list of clients includes:

Learn about these and the other top companies with matching gift programs.

What’s the difference between EasyMatch and the JK Group?

For most purposes, they’re one and the same. EasyMatch is the “brand name” which most users (both donors and nonprofits) recognize, while the JK Group is the corporate name for the company. As the leading provider of philanthropic technologies for corporations, the JK Group provides a wide range of services (geared towards corporation) including:

  • Matching gift program administration
  • Volunteer grant program administration
  • Employee giving
  • Disaster relief
  • And many other services

EasyMatch is the JK Group’s online giving system for corporate employees and nonprofits.

Quick fact – JK Group processed over $1 billion in charitable donations in the past year alone.

How Do I Contact EasyMatch?

If you fall into one of the following three categories, you should contact the company’s matching gift and volunteer grant hotline for assistance.

  1. Nonprofits looking to verify matching donations or those with questions regarding the status of a donation
  2. Employees looking for assistance with their employers’ matching gift programs
  3. Retirees with questions about their form employers’ retiree giving programs

There is no generic email address (ex. info@easymatch.com) or phone number for EasyMatch that we’re aware of. EasyMatch assigns each of its corporate clients their own phone number and email address which is dedicated exclusively to each company’s programs. You can get some general information from the JK Group’s website.

Visit the JK Group’s website.

Double the Donation’s Relationship with EasyMatch:

Double the Donation is a completely different company from EasyMatch (JK Group).

While EasyMatch manages matching gift programs for corporations, Double the Donation works with nonprofits to help them raise more money from the matching gift programs offered by companies across the world.

Our database of matching gift companies includes matching gift programs managed either internally at companies or outsourced to a vendor. In addition to tracking companies which use the JK Group as their matching gift administrator, we also track programs managed by many corporate vendors such as:

Click here for more information on these matching gift vendors.

It’s important to remember that Double the Donation is a completely separate company from EasyMatch. We sell an easy-to-use tool to nonprofits to help them promote matching gifts to donors.

That being said, Double the Donation’s team researches and manages a database of matching gift company guidelines, forms, and contact information to which nonprofits can subscribe.

Houston Philanthropy

Houston Matching Gift Company List | Energy Companies are Local Leaders

Matching Gift Companies in Houston, Texas

Are you a Houston nonprofit? Are you taking full advantage of the variety of matching gift programs offered by local and national employers? If not, you’re leaving fundraising dollars on the table.

Houston is home to many leading energy companies, and energy is one of the most philanthropic industries in the United States. Nearly all of these companies match donations made by employees and/or retirees or offer grants when employees volunteer.

If you’re a Houston nonprofit looking to have more donations matched by your donors’ employers, this article is for you! Below, we explore a few companies in Houston which match employee donations.

Leading Houston Matching Gift Companies:

BHP BillitonCorporate Matching Gift Program for BHP Billiton Employees

While the parent company of BHP Billiton is based out of Australia, the U.S. subsidiary has its headquarters, as well as a major employee presence, in the Houston area. As with most leading energy companies, BHP Billiton is a strong supporter of local nonprofits through its employee giving programs.

Matching Gifts:
BHP Billiton offers two types of matching gift programs where the company matches donations to nonprofit organizations:

  1. Individual Matching Gifts
    Each employee can request matching gifts for personal donations to nonprofits.
  2. Fundraising Matches
    If an employee participates in a fundraising walk / run / bike / etc., he or she can request matching funds on all money raised for the organization.

Volunteer Grants:
If BHP Billiton employees prefer to give their time, BHP supports their volunteerism by providing grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer regularly.

For every hour a BHP employee volunteers, the company donates $8 to the organization. Of course there’s a minimum and maximum amount the company will donate per employee, but this can be a great source of fundraising for organizations with a large volunteer base.

Learn more about BHP Billiton’s employee giving programs.

HalliburtonNonprofit Matching Gift Program for Halliburton Employees

Halliburton employees can participate in three different matching gift programs:

  1. Matches to Higher Education
    Halliburton provides a 2:1 match on employee donations to colleges & universities.
  2. Matches to K-12 Schools
    Halliburton provides 1:1 match on employee donations to primary and secondary schools (max $500 annually per employee).
  3. Matches to Other Nonprofits
    During Halliburton’s “Giving Choices” campaign, the company provides a 10% match on donations made to nearly any 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Learn more about Halliburton’s employee giving programs.

ShellMatching Gift Program for Shell Employees and Retirees

Through Shell’s Heroes (Helping Employees Reach Out) Program, donations made by current and former employees are matched by the company. Each eligible employee or retiree can request that Shell match up to $5,500 annually to a variety of nonprofits including, but not limited to:

  • Higher educational institutions
  • Secondary schools (grades 9-12) and related foundations
  • Arts and culture organizations
  • Health and human service agencies
  • Civic organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • And most other nonprofits

Learn more about Shell’s matching gift program.

ConocoPhillipsMatching Gift Program for ConocoPhillips Employees

With over $230 million a year in revenue, ConocoPhillips is the fourth largest company in the United States (according to Forbes). Along with this financial success, the company has made corporate philanthropy a big component of its core values.

Matching Gifts:
ConocoPhillips matches donations from employees and retirees at a 1:1 rate. Employees can request up to $15,000 in matching funds annually while retirees are eligible to request up to $7,500 annually.

Volunteer Grants:
ConocoPhillips also supports organizations where individual or groups of employees volunteer. Individuals can request grants of $500 after volunteering for 20 hours or grants of $1,000 after volunteering with a nonprofit for 40 hours.

If groups of employees volunteer together, ConocoPhillips provides team volunteer grants. If you have supporters who work at ConocoPhillips, make sure to ask them to grab their colleagues to come out and volunteer together. If a group of four or more ConocoPhillips employees volunteer together for a total of at least 40 hours, your nonprofit can earn a grant of $1,000.

Learn more about ConocoPhillips employee grant programs.

BP

bp-matching-giftBP is consistently ranked on our list of top corporate giving programs and recognized for having perhaps the best employee giving program.

BP has a matching gifts program where they will match employee donations from $25 to $5,000 at a 1:1 ratio.

The nonprofits BP will match donations to include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational institutions (K-12 included)
  • Health & human welfare service organizations
  • Arts and cultural organizations
  • Development, civic, and community organizations
  • Environmental and conservation organizations

BP also has a dollars for doers program where they will donate up to 10 dollars per employee per volunteered hour after an employee has volunteered a minimum of 25 hours. The company will also match the amount of money an employee has raised at an event for nonprofits!

Lastly, BP’s Fabric of America program allows employees to designate a $300 of grant money to the nonprofit of their choice, in addition to all of the other matching gift and volunteer matching programs BP has in place.

Learn more about BP’s corporate matching program.

Four Additional Houston Energy Companies with Matching Gift Programs:

  • Citgo – Matches donations from employees and retirees to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions.
  • CenterPoint Energy – Provides matching gifts to educational institutions and gives grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer.
  • ExxonMobil – Provides a wide variety of employee giving programs including grants when groups of employees volunteer together.
  • Kinder Morgan (including El Paso Corporation) – Matches employee donations to educational institutions and arts / cultural organizations.

Maximize Fundraising from Employee Matching Gift Programs:

Double the Donation’s team tracks and makes it easy for your organization’s donors to submit match requests. Take a tour of Double the Donation’s service to see if it’s right for your organization.

Small Companies Matching Gifts

Five Companies Providing Volunteer Grants when Retirees Volunteer

If your organization has a large number of volunteers, you’ve probably received volunteer grants, also known as Dollar for Doer grants.

Not familiar with volunteer grant programs?
Check out this article which outlines the basics of volunteer grant programs. It also provides an overview on how organizations can benefit from this source of corporate giving.

At Double the Donation, we help nonprofits raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. While we recognize that many company programs are geared exclusively towards current employees, some companies extend their grant programs to retirees who volunteer on a regular basis.

Five Companies which Provide Grants when Retirees Volunteer

Bank of AmericaBank of America Retiree Volunteer Grants

Bank of America offers both a matching gift and volunteer grant program. Through Bank of America’s dollars for doers program, the bank offers the following two different thresholds of volunteer grants:

  • 50 volunteer hours = $250 grant
  • 100 volunteer hours = $500 grant

Learn more about Bank of America’s Volunteer Grant Program.

ConocoPhillipsVolunteer Grants for ConocoPhillips Employees and Retirees

Like many other energy providers, ConocoPhillips offers generous employee giving programs. In addition to the ConocoPhillip’s matching gift program, the company also provides donations to nonprofits where employees volunteer on a regular basis. ConocoPhillips also offers two different levels of volunteer grants:

  • 20 volunteer hours = $500 grants
  • 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grants

Learn more about ConocoPhillips’ Volunteer Grant Program.

Prudential

In addition to matching up to $5,000 of each employee’s donations, Prudential also offers grants when employees volunteer on a regular basis.

Specific grant amounts vary between $250-$1,000 and are based upon the number of hours and type of volunteer work performed. Each employee must volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours before being eligible for a volunteer grant.

Learn more about Prudential’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Alliant EnergyAlliant Energy Grants for Employee and Retiree Volunteerism

Through Alliant Energy’s Volunteer Program, the company recognizes personal volunteerism performed by employees and retirees by providing grants to the nonprofit. The company has three different volunteer grant thresholds:

  • 50-149 volunteer hours = $100 grants
  • 150- 199 volunteer hours =  $300 grants
  • 200+ volunteer hours = $400 grants

Learn more about Alliant Energy’s Volunteer Grant Program.

ExxonMobilVolunteer Grants for ExxonMobil Employees and Retirees

In addition to ExxonMobil’s generous matching gift program to higher education and arts & cultural organizations, Exxon Mobil also offers two types of volunteer grant programs:

ExxonMobil Individual Volunteer Grants

  • 20 volunteer hours = $500 grants
  • 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grants
  • 60 volunteer hours = $1,500 grants
  • 80 volunteer hours = $2,000 grants

Spouses and dependent children (ages 12-25) of both employees and retirees are also eligible to participate and request volunteer grants for their volunteer hours.

ExxonMobil Team Volunteer Grants

A $500 grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations when a team of at least five ExxonMobil employees and retirees volunteer together for at least 20 combined hours. Click here to read about other companies providing grants when groups of employees volunteer.

Learn more about Exxon Mobil’s Volunteer Grant Program.

We also encourage you to explore Double the Donation’s matching gift and volunteer grant service to see if it can help your nonprofit raise more money from employee giving programs.