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Marketing Corporate Philanthropy Programs

Marketing Corporate Philanthropy Programs

Corporate PhilanthropyWhile Double the Donation provides fundraising tools to nonprofits looking to raise more money from employee matching gift programs, we also talk in detail about corporate philanthropy and the importance of companies having solid programs that embrace it.

This article is geared towards the corporate sector and discusses marketing corporate philanthropy programs to maximize not only the benefits to your company by publicizing these programs, but also to maximize the impact your company is having on your local community.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  1. Know your audience
  2. Develop a well-rounded corporate philanthropy program
  3. Encourage consumers to become brand advocates

Let’s get started!

1. Know Your Audience

One of the first rules of marketing and advertising is to know your audience. A one-pronged marketing campaign will not resonate with everyone. Think of who your organization is trying to reach by marketing philanthropy programs and how best to engage them.

Consumers

When you market your company’s corporate philanthropy programs to your customers and consumers, you want to ensure they are seeing a broad picture of how your company is helping the local community.

If you are a corporation, show them how many hours your employees have volunteered in the community; show them what causes your company stands behind and how it will help THEM.

For example, are you environmentally conscious? Are you donating equipment or goods to local shelters and nonprofit organizations? Are you contributing to disaster response?

Paint a philanthropic picture.

Employees

Just as your corporation wants consumers to know how great the philanthropic attitude is around the office, an equal amount of emphasis must be placed on ensuring your employees’ enthusiastic participation!

It’s important for your employees to buy in to the programs – why would your consumers participate and advocate on your behalf if your employees don’t?

Plus every individual prefers to work for a philanthropic company so there are many business benefits to corporate philanthropy.

Executives and Board Members

While it’s important for upper management to see the big picture on how these programs are impacting the community, it’s also important to ensure this audience understands how these programs are impacting the company.

In other words, are these programs increasing revenue in any way? You need all groups to engage in and support your philanthropic programs for them to be successful.

2. Develop a Well-Rounded Corporate Philanthropy Program

This is a crucial step for having a successful marketing campaign. Having multiple philanthropic platforms will prove to your consumers that your company is truly dedicated to bettering the community.

Matching Gift Programs and Employee Giving

When your employees donate money to charities and nonprofit organizations, does your company have a matching gift program  that will help them essentially “double their donation?”

Many companies offer matching gifts in various forms to encourage employee giving.

For example, if an individual donates $100 to a local nonprofit organization, they would then apply for a matching gift of $100 from their employer, which may provide a 1:1 match, thereby giving the nonprofit organization a $200 donation. This is one example of a corporate philanthropic program that many corporations pride themselves on.

Check out a few top matching gift companies.

Volunteering and Volunteer Grant Programs

Another great program corporations are embracing is volunteer-based. When employees volunteer at an eligible nonprofit organization, employers offer grants based on the number of hours volunteered.

A common grant program will offer, for example, a grant of $10 per hour volunteered (minimum of 10 hours) to the nonprofit organization at which the employee spends their time. Many corporations often include in marketing materials how many hours its employees have volunteered. It presents a powerful picture of how the company is positively impacting the local community.

Check out our volunteer grant guide for complete details and examples.

Environmental and Disaster Response Initiatives

Does your corporation have a “go green” initiative? Or do your product materials only come from biodegradable substances? Things like this resonate with consumers, and make them more likely to purchase your product over a competitor.

When natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy occur, many corporations get involved immediately by offering up not only cash and product donations to those impacted, but also by encouraging consumers to purchase a product of which some percentage goes directly to local disaster response programs.

Having a program like this and marketing it to the public puts your corporation in the philanthropic spotlight, making consumers more likely to remember you positively.

3. Encourage Consumers to Become Brand Advocates

It’s time to embrace and utilize social media and digital channels the way they were meant to be used. Chances are your organization already has a Facebook or Twitter page, but if it doesn’t, that needs to change.

According to this article, “Digital marketing is a catch-all term for the act of promoting services or products through media across varied digital channels. ”

But guess what? Digital marketing can also be used to market your corporate philanthropy programs!

Fifty-nine percent of social media users say companies appear “accessible and responsive” when they have active social media plans.Matching-Gift-Social-Media

Your consumers are on social media, and that’s where your marketing can have the biggest impact for the lowest cost.

Publicize some of the philanthropic programs your corporation is involved in, with stories and pictures for maximum impact. When followers share and like your content, it enables your material to be spread throughout the social media world with literally just the click of a button.

Social media is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your followers aware of all the great things your company is doing! Put it to good use!


Your company can’t just sit back and expect consumers and employees to know about your corporate philanthropy programs and efforts. Start marketing your corporate philanthropy programs to the right people through the right channels.

Create Matching Gift Program

Resources for Companies Creating New Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Programs

While Double the Donation is primarily geared around providing matching gift tools for nonprofits, we also consult with corporations interested in creating or overhauling their employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Before we begin any of these engagements, we always encourage corporate representatives to review the resources and articles contained on our site. Below are a few suggested reads for corporate employees.

Corporate Giving Resources

Resources for Companies Creating New Matching Gift Programs:

Matching Gift Basics: While this article is geared towards nonprofits, it includes a good overview of different aspects of matching gift programs.

Standard Elements of Matching Gift Programs: A great read for corporations explaining the different elements of standard corporate match guidelines.

Top Matching Gift Companies: In this article we highlight ten companies with outstanding employee giving programs. Each company has a unique component to their match programs that cause them to stand out among their peers.

Common Questions from Companies Creating New Match Programs: On a daily basis our team speaks with nonprofits and corporations about matching gift programs. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive.

 

Resources for Companies Creating New Volunteer Grant Programs:

Volunteer Grant Basics: While this article is geared towards nonprofits with a large number of volunteers, it includes a good overview of different aspects of volunteer grant programs.

Top Volunteer Grant Companies: We highlight ten companies which provide volunteer grants of greater than $15 per hour.

Three Ways to Make Dollars for Doers Programs a Program Employees Participate In: Realized Worth outlines how companies can design volunteer grant programs that employees actually participate in.

 

Business Reasons to Create Employee Giving Programs:

The Impact of Matching Gift Programs on Employee Engagement: Get a better understanding of the commonalities of great matching gift programs as well as their impact on employee engagement.

The Importance of Improving Employee Engagement: Wondering why improving employee engagement is good for your business? This article is for you.

 

Implementing Employee Giving Programs:

Corporate Example (Texas Instruments) – Promoting Employee Giving: View a few examples of how Texas Instruments promotes matching gifts to employees and retirees.

Corporate Example (Microsoft) – Promoting Employee Giving: View a few examples of how Microsoft promotes employee matching gifts to employees.

Paper Processing vs. Electronic Process: Learn why more and more companies are switching to electronic platforms for handling employee giving.

Corporate Philanthropy Software Vendors: Looking to implement a new employee giving program? Make sure to check out these leading vendors who have worked with countless companies to design their employee giving systems.

Using Facebook to Share Dollars for Doers Information: Check out how CUNA Mutual, CH2M Hill, and CSX are using Facebook to spread the word to both employees and local communities. 

 

Company Spotlights:

Disney: Disney offers volunteer grants that are tiered based upon the different hourly thresholds.

State Street: State Street’s corporate philanthropy programs have evolved over the years to include matching gifts, volunteer grants, and fundraising matches.

Verizon: Verizon is one of the largest employers in the country and employees across the income spectrum. Learn about the company’s employee giving programs and the impact on communities.