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Team Volunteer Grants | Volunteers and Grants, the Best of Both Worlds

You’ve probably already heard of employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs, but has your organization looked into the benefits of corporate team volunteer grants?

What are corporate team volunteer grants?

Team volunteer grants are corporate giving programs in which a company provides a monetary donation to nonprofits when a group of employees volunteer together.

Corporations offer these programs to promote team building and community service.

These corporate grant programs have the potential to be a win-win for everyone involved. If your organization can design appealing opportunities for groups of corporate employees to come out and volunteer, everyone wins!

  • Your organization receives volunteer support from a group of individuals
  • The group of employees has an enjoyable and rewarding team-building event
  • The corporation gets to give back to the community
  • Your organization receives a grant from the company

Examples of team volunteer grant programs:

AMD Team Volunteer Grants

AMD:

Through Advanced Micro Devices’ Grant Incentives for Volunteer Efforts (GIVE), the company provides grants of $15 per hour volunteered when individual employees volunteer with a nonprofit.

To make AMD’s volunteer incentive program even better, the company provides grants when groups of employees volunteer together. Through AMD’s Team Development Grants, when teams of five or more employees volunteer together for at least 10 total hours (2 hours each), the school / organization is eligible for a $500 grant.

Learn more about AMD’s volunteer grant programs.

 

CarMax:

CarMax Cares Team Volunteer GrantThrough The CarMax Foundation, an Associate can make a team-building event more impactful. When groups of employees volunteer together they’re able to earn a grant from The CarMax Foundation for the nonprofit they’re volunteering with.

Volunteer Team Building Grant amounts are:

  • $500 for eligible donation drives (excludes blood drives) or when five-24 Associates volunteer (see below for runs and walks)
  • $1,000 when five or more Associates participate in a run or walk benefiting an eligible non-profit
  • $1,000 when 25 or more Associates volunteer

Even better is that most of the above grants are doubled for activities taking place in June in celebration of CarMax Cares Month.

Learn more about CarMax’s volunteer grant programs.

 

IBM:

IBM offers both individual and team volunteer grants.

When IBM employees and retirees volunteer individually they are eligible for up to $3,500 in technology grants or $1,000 in cash awards a year for organizations where they regularly volunteer. Employees must volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours a month for five months.

Groups of IBMers or retirees who volunteer together may request up to $7,500 in IBM equipment grants for eligible schools and not-for-profit organizations.

Learn more about IBM’s volunteer grant programs. 

 

Xcel Energy Volunteer Grants

Xcel Energy:

Xcel Energy offers multiple types of employee giving programs. Through Xcel Energy’s individual volunteer grant program, the company provides grants worth $10 per hour volunteered when an employee volunteers with a nonprofit. The company also matches up to $2000 of employee donations to a wide range of nonprofits.

Through Xcel Energy’s team volunteer grant program, when teams of six or more employees participate in a community volunteer project, Excel Energy will donate $500 to the associated nonprofit.

Learn more about Xcel Energy’s volunteer grant programs.

 

Kohl's Volunteer GrantsKohl’s:

When a minimum of five Kohl’s Associates from one location volunteer at least three consecutive hours of their time with a qualifying organization, the nonprofit is given a $500 grant.

Learn more about Kohl’s team grants.

 

Verizon Volunteer GrantsVerizon:

Verizon provides individual volunteer grants worth $750 when an employee volunteers for 50 hours and matches donations up to $5,000 per employee per year.

But perhaps the greatest award comes through Verizon’s team program, where teams of 10 or more Verizon employees who collectively raise funds for a nonprofit or school can have their funds matched up to $10,000 per team and event.

Learn more about Verizon’s volunteer grant programs.

 

Walmart:

Walmart Team Volunteer Grants

Walmart provides $250 for each individual in their volunteer grant program who volunteers at least 25 hours and allows up to four individual grant requests per year.

When five or more associates volunteer at least an accumulated 25 hours, Walmart will grant the team $500. Also, Walmart associates from any department or any facility can volunteer together as a team. Walmart will grant up to $5,000 if associates make a team of 50 volunteers, and each department or facility may submit up to four team grant requests per year.

Learn more about Walmart’s volunteer grant programs.

Westar Energy

Westar Energy Employee GivingThrough Westar Energy’s Spirit of Giving Program, the company matches donations, offers grants when individuals volunteer, provides additional matches when an employee serves on a nonprofit board, and provides grants when teams of employees volunteer together.

As part of the Department Team Building Service Match the company will donate $1,000 to an organization where five or more employees conduct an external team building service project for a minimum of one half of a day.

Learn more about Westar Energy’s employee giving programs.

Dollars for Doers Grants Matching Gifts

Dollars for Doers Grants | Definition

What are Dollar for Doer Grant Programs?

Defining Dollar for Doer Programs

A Dollar for Doer program can be defined as:

A corporate employee giving program in which a company provides grants to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer on a regular basis.

Dollar for Doer grants are also frequently referred to as Volunteer Grants.

Typical Characteristics of Dollar for Doer Programs:

While the definition of Dollar for Doer programs is fairly generic, each individual company which offers a Dollars for Doers program defines the specific requirements and guidelines differently.

These guidelines typically outline:

  • Types of eligible organizations
  • Minimum number of volunteer hours required to be eligible for a Dollar for Doer grant
  • Grant amounts per volunteer hour or based on passing certain volunteer thresholds
  • Eligibility of employees (full time vs. part time vs. retirees)

Dig deeper by checking out the top seven questions on Dollar for Doer Programs.

Dollar for Doer StatisticsVolunteer Grant Programs at Chevron and Capital One

Dollar for Doer programs are offered by corporations across all different industries. If you look at the Fortune 500 companies, approximately 40% of companies offer some sort of Dollar for Doer program for employees.

While the average Dollar for Doer grant is $10-$15 per volunteer hour, the amounts vary widely by company. For instance, Capital One provides a grant of $1 per hour while Chevron provides $500 grants after employees volunteer for 20 hours ($25 per hour).

Learn more about companies offering over $15 per volunteer hour through their Dollar for Doer programs.

Dollar for Doer programs aren’t just for current employees. Past employees who are now retired may also be eligible for a company’s dollar for doer program.

Learn more about companies which allow retirees to participate in their Dollar for Doer programs. 

Alternative Names for Dollar for Doer Programs

While most companies and nonprofits refer to these programs as “Dollar for Doer” or “Volunteer Grant” programs, there are a few alternative names:

  • Matching Time Programs
  • Dollar for Hour Programs
  • Grants for Time Programs

Additional Information on Dollar for Doer Programs:

Does your organization have a large number of regular volunteers? Do you want raise more money from these Dollar for Doer grant programs? The following articles are a great place to start:

Want to learn more about which companies offer volunteer grants to their employees?

Companies with Strong Volunteer Grant Programs