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Atlanta Matching Gifts

7 Major Atlanta Companies with Matching Gift Programs

While Double the Donation works with nonprofit clients across the country, the fact that we’re headquartered in Atlanta means we have a special place in our hearts for Atlanta organizations.

We’re fortunate to work with many of the leading nonprofits in Atlanta to help them raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. For instance, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Conservancy, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta Jewish Federation,  and many others all utilize Double the Donation’s service to raise more money from employee giving programs.

Statistics on Atlanta Matching Gift Companies

From a nonprofit’s standpoint, being located in a city like Atlanta is ideal for raising money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. The city is home to many of the largest employers in the world, some of whom offer employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. Here are a few statistics on Atlanta based companies and their employee giving programs which may interest you:

  • Atlanta ranks fourth, just behind New York City, Houston, and Dallas in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered within city boundaries.
  • Six Fortune 100 companies call Atlanta home. This includes Coca-Cola, Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, and Newell Rubbermaid.
  • 75% of Fortune 1000 companies have employees in the Atlanta market.
  • 65% of Fortune 500 companies match donations made by their employees.
  • 40% of Fortune 500 companies offer volunteer grants for employees

Click here for more statistics on employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Companies in Atlanta, GA with Matching Gift Programs

With over 75% of the Fortune 1000 companies, many of whom match employee donations, having a presence in Atlanta, there’s probably room for your nonprofit to increase fundraising from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. A great place to start is by looking at the largest companies based in Atlanta.

Let’s take a look at a few of the employee giving programs at some of Atlanta’s leading employers.

Coca-Cola Matching Gift LogoCoca-Cola

Coca-Cola offers a very generous employee giving program. The company offers a 2:1 match which means all employee donations are effectively tripled. Coke applies few restrictions on their matching gift program and is willing to match donations to nearly all nonprofits.

Another aspect of Coca-Cola’s program worth mentioning is that the company does a great job of promoting the programs to Coke employees. You can read more about this in one of our previous articles which covers employee matching gift participation rates at various companies across the nation.

Click here for additional details on Coke’s matching gift program.

Home Depot Matching Gift ProgramHome Depot

As one of the iconic companies based in Atlanta, Home Depot is also a generous supporter of nonprofits in the city. Similar to Coke, the company applies few restrictions on their employee matching gift program and matches donations dollar for dollar.

The company has an easy to use electronic matching gift submission process which means your donors can submit matching gift requests in a matter of minutes. If you’re interested in learning more about the typical process a donor goes through to submit a matching gift request electronically, click here to view screenshots of Home Depot’s electronic submission process.

Click here for additional details on Home Depot’s matching gift program.

IBM Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant ProgramIBM

IBM matches donations made by both employees and retirees as well as provides grants for volunteering. The matching gift ratio varies depending upon whether it’s an employee or retiree making the donation, as well as whether the nonprofits chooses to receive cash or equipment. For instance:

  • If an IBM employee makes a donation, the nonprofit can choose to receive a 1:1 cash match or a 2:1 equipment match.
  • If an IBM retiree makes a donation, the nonprofit can choose to receive either a .5:1 cash match or a 1:1 equipment match.

The company also offers a significant grant for employees and retirees who volunteer with an organization. The specific amount varies from $1,000 – $3,500 depending upon whether the organization elects to receive a cash or technology grant. Additionally, IBM offers even greater team volunteer grants when groups of IBMers volunteer together.

Click here for additional details on IBM’s matching gift program.

Delta Matching GiftsDelta Air Lines

Delta matches donations made by employees, retirees, and Board of Directors to a wide range of educational institutions including:

  • Pre-K schools
  • K-12 public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Post-graduate programs

Delta matches up to $5,000 annually per an eligible individual at a dollar for dollar rate. This is up from a 50% match on up to $2,000 annually just a few years ago.

Click here for additional details on Delta Air Lines’ matching gift program.

ATT Matching Gift LogoAT&T

AT&T is the largest provider of mobile and fixed telephone systems in the United States. As of 2016, it is the seventh largest company in the U.S. by total revenue.

While AT&T doesn’t offer a “matching gift program” the company supports the organizations which employees are passionate about through its Cause Cards program.

Cause Cards are grants from the AT&T Foundation given to eligible charities recommended by employees. All employees that participate in the annual Employee Giving Campaign will be eligible to receive a Cause Card.

Eligible nonprofits include:

  • Educational institutions (K-12 and higher education)
  • Arts & cultural organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Civic and community organizations
  • Health and human service organizations
  • And many other 501(c)3 organizations

Employee pledges will be eligible for a Cause Card on a sliding scale based on a percentage of total giving. These Cause Cards are expected to range from $25 – $250. Employees will be notified of the value of the Cause Card and the deadline by which they need to redeem it by making a recommendation for an AT&T Foundation grant to an eligible 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

Click here for additional details on AT&T’s matching gift program.

United Parcel Service (UPS)UPS Matching Gift Program

We get more questions from our nonprofit clients asking us about UPS’s matching gift program than any other company. Unfortunately this confusion arises from the fact that UPS is still listed on the majority of the random lists of matching gift companies found on various websites.

We can assure you that as of 11/17/12, UPS does not offer an employee matching gift program. Our team recently reached out to the UPS Foundation for confirmation and received the following response:

The UPS Foundation formerly offered a gift matching program for educational and cultural organizations.  However, on February 20, 2009, UPS’s Board of Trustees approved the action to suspend the Gift Matching Program due to the economic climate.   At this time, there are no current plans to restart the program.

Equifax Matching Gift Programs

Equifax

Equifax matches employee donations up to $5,000 per year to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations. While the company provided us with a copy of the paper form which employees use to submit the matching gift request, we always encourage employees to check the company intranet to ensure it’s the most up-to-date version.

Click here for additional details on Equifax’s matching gift program.

Additional Atlanta Matching Gift Companies

Hundreds of other major employers in the Atlanta area match employee donations. At the very least, we encourage your organization to share the above seven companies with everyone in your fundraising, development, and membership teams. Making sure they’re at least familiar with these large companies which will double donations made by employees can help your organization raise more money from matching gift programs.

Want to learn more? Take a tour of Double the Donation’s matching gift service.

 

Next steps:
Your organization should consider taking it a step further by providing donors and volunteers with detailed information on their company / their spouse’s employer. If you raise awareness and make it more convenient for them to submit matching gift and volunteer grant requests, you’ll see an increase in fundraising from these sources.

Take a tour of Double the Donation’s matching gift service to see if we can help your organization raise more money from these programs.

Bottom line on Matching Gift Companies in Atlanta:

Atlanta is home to many of the nation’s leading companies which will match employee donations. Make sure everyone in your organization at least has a basic familiarity with major employers in your area which double donations.

Matching Gift Requests

It’s Never Too Late for Donors to Submit Matching Gift Requests

Are you just jumping on the matching gift bandwagon? Worried about having to build a program from the ground up with all new donations?

Fear not, many of your past donors are still eligible for matched gifts.

Matching gifts don’t have to be submitted immediately after the donation is made. Although, it is to your benefit to encourage your donors to make the request as soon as possible because:

  1. The farther from the donation a supporter gets, the less likely he will be to follow-up with a matched gift
  2. The sooner your nonprofit receives the extra funds, the sooner it can put those funds to good use

Matching gift deadlines vary by company, so there’s still time to promote matching gifts to donors who contributed to your organization this year.

Donors simply have to fill out and submit their employer’s matching gift request forms.

Matching gift deadlines typically fall under one of three types:

  1. Within a set number of months — A company will stipulate that it will match a gift up to, for example, 3, 6, or 12 months following the initial donation.
  2. By the end of the calendar year — This option is fairly straightforward.  Employees must submit for a match within the calendar year of the donation.
  3. By the end of the calendar year with an extended grace period — In this instance, a company will grant matched gifts through the end of the calendar year and then tack on an additional month or two for employees to submit their matching gift requests.  Standard extensions go through end of January, February, or March, but rarely go past the 31st of March.

To get a better understanding what the guidelines look like in practice, let’s look at some examples.

 

Deadline #1: Within a Set Number of Months

While most companies allow donations to be submitted far after the date a donation was made, deadlines do vary. Some major companies have much more time sensitive deadlines for their matching gift programs.

Here are four companies with matching gift submission deadlines ranging from 30 days to 365 days from the donation date:

 

Adobe

Adobe Matching GiftsAdobe offers a matching gift program wherein the company matches donations up to $10,000 per employee per year. Employees are also able to submit grant requests for $250 for every 10 hours they volunteer with a nonprofit.

The company offers an easy to use online portal for employees to submit their matching gift requests and to log their volunteer hours.

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be submitted by employees within one year of the donation date.

Click here for additional details on Adobe’s matching gift program.

 

DirectTV

DirectTV matches donations of up to $20,000 per DIRECTV Matching Giftsemployee per a year and provides grants of $10 per hour (max $250) volunteered by an employee. DirectTV has an easy to use online submission process for both programs.

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be submitted by employees within six months of the donation date.

Click here for additional details on DirecTV’s matching gift program.

 

AltriaAltria Matches Donations from Employees

Altria offers a generous matching gift program (up to 30K annually per Altria employee) as well as large volunteer grants ($500 after 25 hours of volunteering).

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be received by Altria’s program administrator within 90 days from the date of the gift.

Click here for additional details on Altria’s matching gift program.

 

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae's Matching Gift Program

Fannie Mae matches employee donations up to $5,000 annually and offers grants when employees volunteer. Unfortunately some organizations miss out on this funding since they aren’t ensuring donors submit matching gift requests in a timely manner.

Match request deadline: Fannie Mae donors and volunteers must submit a matching gift request within 30 days of the date of the donation, or by December 31st of each year, whichever is sooner.

Click here for additional details on Fannie Mae’s matching gift program.

 

Deadline #2: End of Calendar Year

Many companies ask that employees submit their match requests in a timely manner but will still match donations made in a calendar year until December 31st of that year.

Here are a few examples:

Aetna

Aetna Matching Gift ProgramAetna matches donations from employees and retirees up to $5,000 per individual per year. Aetna also enables employees to allocate a $300 grant to a nonprofit after they volunteer for 20 hours in year.

Match request deadline: Employees are encouraged to submit the matching gift request as soon as possible, but have until December 31st to submit their matching gift requests.

Click here for additional details on Aetna’s matching gift program.

 

Freeport-McMoRan

Freeport McMoRan Matching GiftsFreeport-McMoRan matches donations of up to $40,000 per employee per year to a wide range of nonprofits. The first $1,000 donated is matched at a 2:1 rate. Anything above $1,000 is matched at a dollar for dollar rate.

Match request deadline: While Freeport-McMoRan encourages employees to submit matching donation requests at the time of the initial donation, employees can submit matches until Dec. 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Click here for additional details on Freeport-McMoRan’s matching gift program.

 

Deadline #3: End of Calendar Year + Grace Period

Matching Gift Deadlines with Grace Periods

Boeing

Boeing offers a monetary match, a volunteer grant match, and a grant when employees participate in a fundraising event such as a walk or run for a cause. The deadlines for all three of Boeing’s employee giving programs are as follows:

Employee deadline: Boeing employees must submit gift match requests no later than January 31st of the year following the contribution / participation.

Nonprofit deadline: Organizations must verify the employee submission request no later than April 15th of the year following the contribution / participation.

Click here for additional details on Boeing’s matching gift program.

 

VerizonVerizon Matches Donations from Employees

Verizon matches donations up to $5,000 annually to educational institutions and up to $1,000 annually to all other nonprofits.

The Verizon Foundation also provides grants of $750 to organizations where an employee volunteers for at least 50 hours in a calendar year.

Employee deadline: Matching gift requests must be entered into the electronic matching gift system before March 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Organization deadline: Organizations must also confirm the donation request by March 31st.

Click here for additional details on Verizon’s matching gift program.

 

Bank of America / Merrill LynchBank of America Matches Donations

Bank of America (including Merrill Lynch) matches employee donations to nearly all nonprofits. The company also provides grants when employees volunteer on a regular basis.

Employee deadline: Employees must complete an application and have the recipient organization verify the gift. This information must be received by March 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Organization deadline: Organizations must verify donations by May 15th of the year following the date of the donation.

Click here for additional details on Bank of America’s matching gift program.

 

MeadWestvacoMeadWestVaco Match Donations

MeadWestvaco offers multiple types of employee giving programs.

MeadWestvaco matches all donations to educational institutions, provides grants when employees volunteer, and matches donations to all organizations when employees are volunteer leaders with the organization.

Employee deadline: MeadWestvaco employees must submit their portion of the matching gift request form by March 31st of the year following when the donation was made.

Organization deadline: Organizations also have until March 31st of the year following when the donation was made to verify the donation and submit the completed match request.

Click here for additional details on MeadWestvaco’s matching gift program.

GuideStar Articles Matching Gifts

Matching Gift Online Submission Process – Example Using Home Depot’s Website

Have you ever wondered what the actual online matching gift submission process is like for donors?

If so, this article is designed to shed light on the steps your nonprofit’s donors take when submitting a matching gift online.

Typical Online Matching Gift Submission Process for Donors:

While the online submission process can vary by company, it typically involves the following steps:

  1. Employees log into the company’s matching gift submission website
  2. Employees search for the nonprofit they donated to
  3. Employees select the nonprofit from the search results (if not found, they enter the organization’s information)
  4. Employees register their donation
  5. Employees submit the matching gift request

 

Step-by-Step Overview of Home Depot’s Online Matching Gift Process:

While some employers develop their own matching gift submission process internally, most contract it out to one of the main companies that administers matching gift programs on behalf of companies.

The following screenshots are for Home Depot’s electronic submission process and are representative of the process for employees of most large companies with matching gift programs.

Step #1: Employees log into the company’s online matching gift submission website.

Begin the Electronic Matching Gift Submission Process

 

Step #2: Employees search for the nonprofit they donated to.

Locate the Nonprofit in the Matching Gift Online Submission Process 

Step #3: Employees select the nonprofit from the search results.

Select the Nonprofit which will Receive the Matching Gift 

Step #4: Employees enter information about their donation.

Register the Matching Gift Request Online

 

Step #5: Employees submit the matching gift request.

Submit a Matching Gift Request Online

That’s it! Just those quick five steps and the donors have done their parts. The rest of the process involves your nonprofit verifying to the companies that the donations were made and then the companies issuing the matching funds.  

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Why Do Companies Have Corporate Matching Programs?

People are usually told that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. And even more people have that very same reaction when they’re told that their employers are willing to give out free money to a nonprofit of their choice.

But it is true, more and more companies are offering corporate matching programs. These programs will double, and sometimes triple or quadruple, an employee’s donation to a select nonprofit. Other times, companies will offer grants to a nonprofit if their employees volunteer their time at that organization.

There are a few reasons corporations give to charity. One of the most well known reasons is for tax purposes, but the benefits go much deeper.

Corporate Giving is Great for Branding

Google gives grants to improve water access in the developing world.

What is the biggest misconception people have about branding? That brands are logos and logos are brands. The way people perceive your company and its products goes much deeper than a logo. It’s influenced by previous interactions, by advertising, and by what people have read and know about the company.

Companies like Toms Shoes are well known for their one-for-one program that donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished child for every pair purchased. When consumers make the decision to buy a pair of Toms Shoes, they’re not just deciding on the shoe, or the Toms logo, their decision is heavily influenced by the ways that Toms has branded themselves as a leader in philanthropy. That means people feel good doing business with Toms, and will want to do business with them as much as possible.

But not every company needs to donate shoes to make a difference. We’ve recently spotlighted companies like Google for their robust spirit of philanthropy and the corporate mantra “Don’t Be Evil”. Consumers trust Google because they have a reputation for doing good. And trust goes a long way in business.

Companies everywhere are giving millions of dollars away to charity for one simple reason, it’s good for business.

Why Corporate Matching?

You may be wondering why companies wouldn’t just donate their entire giving budget to a few select charities.

For one, matching employee donations can forgo difficult vetting processes for charities. Companies don’t want to donate money to charities that are inefficient, corrupt, or have had major scandals. Matching employee donations puts the research burden on the employee. It also avoids debates about which nonprofits should receive funds by democratizing the process.

Matching donations also encourage employee philanthropy. Generous employees look good for overall company branding too. Microsoft, for instance, can boast that its employees raised over $1 billion dollars for charity since the inception of its giving program.

Matching also increases employee morale and retention. It’s easy to feel like a cog in a machine with no attachment to your workplace, but a company that takes interest in charities which its employees support is more likely to gain their respect as well.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Newsletter Signup

Additional Resources on Matching Grant Programs

Want to learn more about matching grant programs and how they benefit your organization? Check out the following articles:

  1. Common Matching Gift Questions – Six of the most frequently asked questions about matching grant programs.
  2. Generous Matching Grant Programs – Ten companies which triple or quadruple employee donations.

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.

Los Angeles Matching Gifts

Los Angeles Companies that Match Employee Donations

Double the Donation may be based in Atlanta, but we serve nonprofit clients all across the country! In fact, in the U.S. we have clients as far east as Miami and as far west as San Francisco.

In California, our clients range from educational foundations (ex. Lafayette Partners in Education), health and human service organizations (ex. Lazarex Cancer Foundation), civic and community based nonprofits (ex. YMCA of Orange County), and everything in between.

Today, we want to take a trip to the west coast to highlight some LA-based companies that match employee donations via matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Quick Statistics on Los Angeles Matching Gift Companies

Did you know that many California public schools are now asking parents of students to donate upwards of $400 per student, per year? Due to the wealth of companies in Los Angeles focusing their philanthropic efforts on educational institutions, many nonprofits and K-12 public schools are raising tens of thousands of dollars annually via matching gifts.

  • In 2012, 53 California-based companies graced the Fortune 500 list, 4 of which are based in Los Angeles.
  • 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer matching gift programs.
  • 40% of Fortune 500 companies offer volunteer grant programs.

Major Companies in Los Angeles with Employee Giving Programs

AT&T matches employee giftsAT&T

AT&T is the largest provider of mobile and fixed telephone systems in the United States. As of 2016, it is the seventh largest company in the U.S. by total revenue.

While AT&T doesn’t offer a “matching gift program” the company supports the organizations which employees are passionate about through its Cause Cards program.

Cause Cards are grants from the AT&T Foundation given to eligible charities recommended by employees. All employees that participate in the annual Employee Giving Campaign will be eligible to receive a Cause Card.

Eligible nonprofits include:

  • Educational institutions (K-12 and higher education)
  • Arts & cultural organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Civic and community organizations
  • Health and human service organizations
  • And many other 501(c)3 organizations

Employee pledges will be eligible for a Cause Card on a sliding scale based on a percentage of total giving. These Cause Cards are expected to range from $25 – $250. Employees will be notified of the value of the Cause Card and the deadline by which they need to redeem it by making a recommendation for an AT&T Foundation grant to an eligible 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

Click here for additional details on AT&T’s matching gift program.

JP Morgan matches employee donationsJPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the largest bank in the United States based on assets ($2 trillion, according to Forbes magazine.)

JPMorgan offers not only a robust matching gift program on a monetary basis (donations from $25 to $1,000), but a very comprehensive volunteer grant program that includes both individual and group volunteers.

Individual Volunteer Grants – Individuals who volunteer on a regular basis are eligible to request volunteer grants. Amounts are as follows:

  • 15 – 24 volunteer hours –> $150 grants
  • 25 – 49 volunteer hours –> $250 grants
  • 50 – 74 volunteer hours –> $500 grants
  • 75 – 99 volunteer hours –> $750 grants
  • 100 or more volunteer hours –> $1,000 grants

Team Volunteer Grants – Teams of three or more employees or retirees who volunteer together are eligible for team volunteer grants based on the combined volunteer hours. Amounts are as follows:

  • 5 – 24 combined volunteer hours =  $150 grants
  • 25 – 49 combined volunteer hours = $250 grants
  • 50 – 74 combined volunteer hours = $500 grants
  • 75 – 99 combined volunteer hours = $750 grants
  • 100 or more combined volunteer hours = $1,000 grants

Click here for additional details on JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s matching gift program.

Capital Group Companies Matches Donations 2:1The Capital Group Companies

The Capital Group Companies is a financial investment services company with assets upward of $1 trillion. With about 7,000 employees worldwide, TCGC offers a very generous matching gift program, providing a 2:1 match on donations anywhere from $100-$5,000. That’s essentially tripling a donation!

TCGC also offers a volunteer grant program that encourages employees to volunteer at least 10 hours with an organization, after which it will provide a grant of $10 per hour for up to 50 hours.

Click here for additional details on The Capital Group Companies’ matching gift program.

Wells Fargo Donation MatchingWells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo, which acquired Wachovia, is the fourth largest bank in the United States, with reported revenue of over $86 billion. Wells Fargo also boasts a massive employee base, at just about 265,000. Wells Fargo matches, dollar-for-dollar, donations to accredited public or private educational institutions and educational foundations, anywhere from $25-$6,500.

Possibly even more impressive, though, is Wells Fargo’s volunteer grants program. It annually awards more than $500,000 in volunteer grants to organizations employees volunteer for in their communities. There isn’t a minimum number of hours required or a specific donation amount awarded, but employees apply directly through the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Click here for additional details on Wells Fargo & Company’s matching gift program.

Additional Los Angeles Matching Gift Programs

There are countless other major employers in the Los Angeles area that match employee donations. These include major employers such as:

  • Amgen
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • Edison International
  • Home Depot
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pfizer
  • Walt Disney

We highly encourage your nonprofit organization to share the above companies with employees in your fundraising, development, and membership teams, making sure they’re at least familiar with which companies will double donations made by employees.

Matching Gift Companies

What’s Next?

Interested in learning more about how Double the Donation’s tools help nonprofits increase fundraising from employee giving programs? Take a tour of our matching gift service.

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.

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Social Media and Matching Gift Programs

Social media – we all use it in one way or another. But are you maximizing the impact of your social media platforms for your fundraising efforts? Promote corporate matching gift options using Twitter, Facebook, and the like, as a quick and easy, and cost effective way (read: free) to reach your digitally savvy masses!

One great thing about social media is the ability to schedule posts in advance and on a recurring basis, so you don’t even have to remember to do it again for quite some time.

Here are 12 sample posts (Twitter and/or Facebook) we’ve created for your organization to utilize, just so you can see how easy it can be. Remember, Twitter posts must be 140 characters or less, but Facebook has no limit.

Sample Matching Gift Posts for TwitterTwitter can be used to promote matching gifts

  1. Did you know your gift can be doubled, tripled & even quadrupled? Your employer might offer matching gift programs. <Your Double the Donation URL>
  2. Did you donate to us in 2012? There’s still time to submit a matching gift request from your employer! <Your Double the Donation URL>
  3. It’s February – do you love us? We love you, too! Click here to see if your company will double your donations:  <Your Double the Donation URL>
  4. Ever wonder if your employer matches donations? Search our database to learn more about your employer at <Your Double the Donation URL>
  5. Last year, we raised $X from corporate matching gift programs – help make 2013 a better year! <Your Double the Donation URL>
  6. Did you know that tons of organizations offer matching gift opportunities? Check to see if yours does. <Your Double the Donation URL>
  7. It takes just a few minutes to submit corporate employee matching gift forms… have you submitted yours? <Your Double the Donation URL>

Sample Matching Gift Posts for FacebookFacebook is a great platform to promote matching gift programs

  1. We sincerely appreciate all donations to <Your Organization’s Name>! Did you know that your generosity has the potential to be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled? Check to see if your employer offers a matching gift program! <Your Double the Donation URL>
  2. What do Microsoft, Bank of America, IBM, and Verizon all have in common? Each one matches donations made by their employees’ to nonprofit organizations. This means that if you donate, or have donated to <Your Organization’s Name>, and work for one of these four companies, the company will double your donation. Many major employers offer similar programs. Search <Your Double the Donation URL> to find out if your employer offers something like this, as well as to access program guidelines, how-to instructions, and relevant forms. Thanks in advance for taking five minutes to double your donation!
  3. A huge thanks to all of our donors, and a double thanks to those who submit matching fund requests from their employers! Does your employer offer a program like this? Check today! <Your Double the Donation URL>Matching Donation Banner Ad
  4. Help us <Your Organization’s Mission>. Ask your employer to match, double, or even triple your donation today! Check out your organization’s matching gift options here: <Your Double the Donation URL>
  5. We like to brag that our donors are the best. Not only do they contribute to us, but they also take the extra step to see if their employer offers a matching gift program that may double the total donation to our organization! Have you checked to see if your company offers a matching gift option? Thanks for being a super donor if so! Check here to see if your company has a program like this: <Your Double the Donation URL>

For more information on how to use social media to market matching gift programs, check out some additional social media ideas.

Utilizing Matching Gift Programs

Do you work at a nonprofit? If so, take a look at Double the Donation’s matching gift service.

We work with nonprofits across the country to help them increase fundraising from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. For many nonprofits, it can be a challenge to track where employees work and communicate out matching gift information to donors.

Let Double the Donation do the hard work of maintaining accurate records of companies which offer employee giving programs. Set up a custom website today which your nonprofit can use to raise more money from employee giving programs.

San Diego Philanthropy

San Diego Matching Gift Companies | California is Home to Many Philanthropic Companies

San Diego California Companies with Matching Gift Programs

California is home to many of the country’s most socially responsible companies. Because of this, California nonprofits are well positioned to take advantage of the matching gift programs.

In previous articles, we dove into Atlanta matching gift companies and New York matching gift companies, but for this article we want to take a look at a west coast market.

Below, we explore a few companies in San Diego which match employee donations.

Companies in San Diego which offer Employee Matching Gift Programs

Matching gift and volunteer grant programs are widely offered employee benefits. In fact, 65% of Fortune 500 companies match employee donations while 40% offer volunteer grant programs.

As the 17th largest metropolitan area in the United States and home to many leading companies, San Diego nonprofits can benefit from increased revenue by focusing on employee matching gift programs.

Five San Diego companies which match employee donations:

QualcommQualcomm Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Program

With over 10,000 employees in the San Diego area, Qualcomm is one of the largest employers in the San Diego community.

Qualcomm matches donations made by retirees and full-time employees. Annually, each Qualcomm employee can request up to $5,000 in matching gift funds. Qualcomm also provides grants worth $250 whenever an employee volunteers for at least 15 hours.

Learn more about Qualcomm’s matching gift and volunteer grant programs


Kaiser PermanenteMatching Gift and Volunteer Grant Program at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente employs more than 7,000 individuals in the San Diego metropolitan area.

Kaiser Permanente offers a few types of employee giving programs. During KP’s annual giving campaign, the company offers a matching gift program where the company matches donations made to nearly any nonprofit. Throughout the year, Kaiser Permanente also offers a volunteer grant program which employees can apply for.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s matching gift program.


Sempra Energy (San Diego Gas & Electric)Sempra Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants

Sempra Energy employs more than 4,500 individuals making it the largest utility provider in the San Diego area.

Sempra is a strong supporter of local nonprofits and matches donations to all educational institutions (K-12 included) as well as arts & cultural organizations. San Diego Gas & Electric also provides volunteer grants of up to $1,000 per employee each year.

Learn more about San Diego Gas & Electric’s matching gift program.


LPL FinancialLPL Financial Employee and Advisor Matching Gift Program

LPL Financial offers a matching gift program for its employees and independent financial advisers. Through LPL Financial’s Invest in Others program, the company matches donations made to nearly any nonprofit organization.

Each of LPL Financial’s employees and financial advisers can request up to $500 in matching gift funds each year.

Learn more about LPL Financial’s matching gift program.


Goodrich / United Technologies (UTC)Goodrich Matching Gift Program

For years, the Goodrich Corporation has offered an employee matching gift program. In 2012, Goodrich merged with United Technologies and as part of the merger process, the companies combined their employee giving program. Beginning on January 1st, 2013, all Goodrich employees started participating in UTC’s employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs.

Goodrich / United Technologies match employee donations and offer grants when employees volunteer. Each of Goodrich / United Technologies’ employees can request up to $10,000 in matching gift funds as well as up to two $250 grants for regular volunteer service each year.

Learn more about Goodrich’s / UTC’s matching gift program.


Raise additional money from matching gift and volunteer grant programs

While the above five companies are a few of the larger employers in San Diego with matching gift programs, many other employees and their spouses work for companies which will double their donations.

If you’re a nonprofit, check out this list of select national companies which offer employee giving programs.

Matching Gift Companies

Also, we encourage you to take a tour of Double the Donation’s service to see how we help nonprofits across the country raise more money from employee giving programs.

Tax Deductible Donations Matching Gifts

Determining the Tax Deductible Component of Donations for Matching Gift Purposes

If your organization derives a significant amount of funding from membership programs, annual fundraising galas, or special events, you may have wondered whether those donations are eligible for corporate matching gift programs.

Well the facts are in; your organization may be leaving money on the table by not promoting matching gifts to these donors. In almost every case, the tax deductible component of nearly all cash and stock contributions are eligible to be doubled through employer matching gift programs.

Learn more about corporate matching gift programs.

Tax Deductibility for Matching Gifts

Nonprofit organizations that raise funds through events and memberships should let attendees know the dollar amount that is tax deductible for IRS income tax reporting purposes. The tax deductible amount of the donation, event ticket, or membership is also what donors should submit to their employer’s matching gift program.

The AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) states:

The tax-deductible or contributed portion of a ticket is the amount over and above the fair market value (FMV) of any benefits received. It is the responsibility of the organization putting on the event to determine the FMV and to inform the participants of the amount of the contributed portion.

View details on many of the largest national employers which offer matching gift programs.

Calculating the Tax Deductible Amount which can be Matched

It’s up to the nonprofit organization to determine the tax deductible amount of each contribution for tax and matching gift purposes. The first step is to determine the FMV of the benefits received.

One of the most common ways to determine this amount is to compare the benefits received by the donor to what those benefits would cost if it were not a fundraiser.

For example, let’s say you charge $1,000 for an annual Gala ticket. Included in the Gala is a performance by a well known band and a five course dinner. You may determine that the dinner would cost $50 from a local restaurant and a ticket to see the band would cost $100. In this case, the fair market value of the Gala ticket would be $15o which means the tax deductible component of the ticket would be $850.

Donors should use this fair market value, rather than the overall purchase price, on their company matching gift form.

While each organization has discretion in assessing fair market value, the key is to ensure the values you place on each benefit are reasonable. Is it reasonable for a steak and lobster dinner with salad and dessert to cost $10 at a five star restaurant?  Probably not. An appropriate method is to take a look at the menu of a local restaurant and use their pricing as guidance.

Calculating the FMV isn’t an exact science. It could vary by several dollars and any amount within a reasonable range would be acceptable for government reporting and matching gift purposes. The important part is that your organization is taking a fair and honest approach to estimating the FMV.

Bottom Line: Many different types of donations to your organization have a tax deductible component that can be submitted to corporate matching gift programs. Make sure you’re communicating this out to your donors and asking them to submit matching gift requests for this amount.