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Matching Gift Participation Rates

Has your organization ever taken a look at which companies are consistently providing matching gift donations to your organization?

If you have, you may notice that a disproportionate number of matching gifts come from a select few companies.

Survey Results | Participation Varies Widely by Company:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report entitled “How America’s Biggest Companies Give” which was compiled from their Corporate Giving Survey.

In this survey, America’s largest companies provided employee participation rates for their matching gift programs. The below table breaks down employee participation rates for many large employers.*

Employee Matching Gift Participation Rates

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Key Insights on Matching Gift Participation Rates:

Insight #1: 65% of Microsoft employees request a match from the company compared to less than 15% for Xerox, Dell, and Verizon. This is a direct result of Microsoft being one of the best at communicating matching gift information to employees.

Insight #2: Pfizer leads companies in the pharmaceutical industry with over 30% of employees participating in the company’s matching gift program.

Insight #3: Matching gift programs are widely utilized by employees in the financial services sector. American Express leads the pack with 70% of employees requesting the company match at least one charitable donation.

Insight #4: Based on this sample of companies, the consumer goods sector has the lowest employee participation rates. Of the companies that provided data, Johnson & Johnson leads the sector with 25% of employees having one or more donations matched by the company.

 

Impact on your Organization’s Matching Gift Revenue: Home Depot vs. Coca-Cola:

For instance, both Home Depot (~13K Atlanta employees) and Coca-Cola (~5K Atlanta employees) are headquartered in Atlanta and offer similar matching gift programs.

One would expect Atlanta based nonprofit organizations to receive a significant number of matching gift donations from each of these companies. Unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the case. The majority of nonprofits we’ve spoken to self-report far more matching donations from Coca-Cola compared to Home Depot each year. **

 

So what causes this discrepancy?

Organizations typically explain this phenomenon by talking about the number of employees each company has in the area. While it’s true that a company with a major presence in a city is more likely to provide a larger number of matching gifts, there’s an even more important factor.

How well a company internally promotes matching gifts dictates how likely an employee is to know about the program and submit matching gift requests.

We know it doesn’t take a genius to come up with the above statement, but it’s true. So many employees at companies with matching gift programs have no idea their employer offers a program. If an employee / donor lacks knowledge of their company program, there’s no way they’ll submit a matching gift request.

 

Closing the Gap:

Although your organization can’t change how widely companies promote matching gifts to their entire employee base, you can greatly influence the percentage of your donors who submit matching gift requests.

If you raise awareness and make it easy for your donors / their spouses to submit matching gifts, you can increase matching revenue.

We recommend nonprofits promote matching gifts in three locations:

  1. In the donation process
  2. Across your website
  3. In your communications

If you effectively promote employee matching gifts to your donors, you can overcome low participation rates.

Data Sources:
*Based upon a publicly available survey of companies which was conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
**Based on our conversations with membership and development managers at select Atlanta organizations.

Orlando Matching Gifts

Double Donations Magically: Companies in Orlando, Florida with Matching Gift Programs

Double the Donation and Nonprofits

Double the Donation partners with nonprofits to help them increase their fundraising revenue from employee matching gifts and volunteer grant awards. We’ve created a short list of some of the top nonprofits in major metropolitan areas to further help nonprofits identify these unique fundraising sources.

Orlando, Fl Matching Gifts

Orlando is a city with plenty of large corporations offering matching gifts. Don’t leave money on the table by not reaching out to your donors about these programs. Familiarize yourself with this list of companies and remind your donors to check and see if their company will match their donations.

HCA

The Hospital Corporation of America will match donations between $25 and $2,500. They also have a generous volunteer grant program.

Read more about the HCA matching gift and volunteer grant program.

JPMorgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase will match donations made by employees between $25 and $1,000. JPMorgan will match donations with most nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the JPMorgan Chase matching gift and volunteer grant program.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s matches employee gifts between $50 and $5,000. Both full and part-time employees can take advantage of this program.

Read more about the McDonald’s matching gift program.

The Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney is one of the most visible companies in Orlando. The Disney company will match up to $15,000 per employee each year. The company also offers a generous employee volunteer program.

Read more about the Walt Disney Company’s matching gift program.

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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.

Milwaukee Matching Gifts

Many Companies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Offer Matching Gift Programs

With matching gift programs companies are able to give back to the causes their employees care about. Nonprofits can maximize their fundraising through these programs by familiarizing themselves with companies in their area that offering these benefits to their employees.

It ca often be a difficult task to discover all the companies that have matching gifts or volunteer grants. Double the Donation makes that process simpler for our nonprofit clients.

Corporate Philanthropy in Milwaukee

With a population of over 2 million people, this capital city is the economic and social center of the state of Wisconsin. Five Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Milwaukee. A thriving spirit of philanthropy exists in the city that supports such organizations as the Milwaukee Art Museum and Pier Wisconsin.

In addition to being home to many large, national corporations the city is also home to renowned nonprofit organizations. Check out this list of some of the top companies in Milwaukee that offering corporate matching gifts.

Johnson ControlsJohnson

Johnson Controls Foundation will match up to $5,000 for employee donations.

Read more about the Johnson Controls matching gift program.

Northwestern MutualNorthwesternMutual_logo

Northwestern will match employee donations up to $5,000. All employees and retirees are eligible for the program.

Read more about the Northwestern Mutual matching gift program.

Wisconsin Energy200px-WEC_Logo

Wisconsin Energy Corporation offers a matching gift program where the company will match donations up to $20,000 per employee each year.

Read more about the Wisconsin Energy matching gift program.

Saint Louis Matching Gifts

St. Louis, Missouri | Companies which Match Donations from Employees

Matching Gifts are becoming a favorite way to give among America’s top companies. Matching gifts are a great way to double your donor’s donations. Familiarize your nonprofit with this list of companies.

Unfortunately, many donors are unaware that their companies have these programs. Often the responsibility falls on nonprofits to inform their donors.

At Double the Donation we provide tools to help your nonprofit raise awareness and make it easy for donors to submit matching gifts. You don’t want to be leaving corporate donation money on the table!

Corporate Philanthropy and St. Louis

Check out this list of corporations in the St. Louis area that are currently offering these programs.

Be sure to ask your donors about their companies’ matching gift programs the next time they donate.

Boeing

A well known presence in St. Louis, Boeing offers a matching program for employees giving to educational institutions, environmental causes, and many other nonprofit organizations.

Boeing will match donations of up to $6,000 per individual per year.

Read more about Boeing’s matching gift program.

Starbucksstarbucks

Starbucks opened its first shop over 40 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Now the company offers a matching gift program up to $1,500 for its employees.

Full-time, part-time, and retired employees are eligible for the program.

Read more about Starbuck’s matching gift program.

U.S. Bankusbanklogo

U.S. Bank matches up to $3,000 in donations per employee per a year to many types of nonprofit organizations. Does your nonprofit qualify?

Read more about U.S. Bancorp/ U.S. Bank’s matching gift program.

Wells FargoWF

Wells Fargo has an employee matching gift program where the company will match up to $5,000 a year to educational institutions. The company also has a dynamic volunteer grant program.

Read more about the Wells Fargo matching gift program.

Seattle Matching Gifts

Companies with Matching Gift Programs in Seattle, Washington

Double the Donation works with nonprofits across the country to increase their fundraising through matching gift programs and corporate volunteer grants.

Donors who work for companies offering such programs can double, even triple their contributions to the nonprofit organization.

In this article, we take a look at some of the top companies in Seattle, Washington offering matching gift programs.

Seattle, Washington Matching Gifts:

Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, with a population of around 4 million people. The city is home to the Seattle-Tacoma airport and the 8th largest port in the US, both of which are major hubs for trade.

Some of the nation’s most philanthropic Fortune 500 companies have a presence in Seattle. Additionally, even after moving its headquarters to Chicago, Boeing remains the largest private employer in the city.

Seattle has become a leader in sustainable, green living. Companies have taken notice and many employers in Seattle have become champions of corporate social responsibility. One way the largest companies are giving back to the community is with corporate matching gift programs.

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Starbucks opened its first shop over 40 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Since that point, Starbucks not only has become one of the world’s most recognizable brands but is also a corporate social responsibility champion.

Starbucks offers a matching gift program where the company matches up to $1,500 in donations per employee each year.

Full-time, part-time, and retired employees are eligible for the program.

Read more about Starbucks’ matching gift program.

Microsoftdezeen_Microsoft-logo-3

As one of the most generous corporate philanthropists in not only Seattle but the world, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft offers a variety of employee giving programs.

Through its employee match program, the company doubles employee donations to nearly all nonprofits. Within the last two years, Microsoft has increased its matching gift maximum from an already impressive $12,000 to a tremendous $15,000.

To make things even better, Microsoft also has a volunteer grant program where the company donates $25 to organizations for every hour its employees volunteer and provides each new employee with a small grant to allocate to a nonprofit of his or her choosing.

Read more about Microsoft’s matching gift program.

Wells FargoWF

As a top Fortune 500 company, Wells Fargo & Company has a strong presence in Seattle and many other major US cities.

While Wells Fargo only matches donations to educational institutions, its $5,000 limit for each employee is still very generous. The minimum matched by Wells Fargo is $25.

Read more about the Wells Fargo matching gift program.

QuoteWizardQuoteWizard Matching Gifts

While Quote Wizard has only a little over 100 employees, it’s a well known company in Seattle. As a way of giving back it offers a matching gift program where donations are quadrupled (3:1 match).

Read more about QuoteWizard’s matching gift program.

Boeing

A well known presence in Seattle, Boeing offers a matching program for employees who give to educational institutions, environmental causes, and many other nonprofit organizations.

The company will match gifts between $25 and $6,000.

Boeing also provides grants to nonprofits where employees dedicate their time. For every 25 hours a Boeing employee volunteers he or she can request a $250 grant. Plus the company provides $100 grants as a way to recognize employees who participate in fundraising walks, bikes, and runs.

Read more about Boeing’s matching gift program.

Intermec FoundationIntermec Matching Gift Program

With a 5:1 match on donations from employees and directors, it’s safe to say the Intermec Foundation offers one of the most generous matching gift programs in the corporate world.

The Intermec Foundation will provide up to $75,000 in matching funds per employee per year and up to $150,000 in matching funds per director per year.

For example, let’s say an Intermec Foundation employee donates $2,000 to a nonprofit. Assuming the individual follows the easy process to submit a matching gift the Intermec Foundation will then provide a matching gift of an additional $10,000.

Eligible nonprofits include:

  • K-12 schools, colleges and universities (and related tax-exempt support organizations)
  • Organizations which are educational in nature
  • Arts or cultural programs, including without limitation museums
  • Health and human services organizations, including without limitation medical research

Read more about the Intermec Foundation’s matching gift program.

Liberty Mutual Group

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The Liberty Mutual Group provides matching funds to select types of organizations during Give with Liberty, the company’s annual giving campaign.

Through online pledging and payroll deduction, Liberty Mutual matches 50 cents on every dollar that employees donate to a wide variety of social service nonprofits.

Read more about the Liberty Mutual Group’s matching gift program.

Alaska Airlines

alaska-air-matching-giftsAlaska Airlines shows its presence in the corporate giving world by working with nonprofit groups in the areas of health and human services, arts and cultural programs, as well as education, environmental, and civic organizations.

They will match gifts of a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $4,000.

Alaska Air also gives organizations volunteer grants of $10 per hour, up to $1,000, after an employee volunteers at that organization for a minimum of 5 hours.

Learn more about Alaska Air’s matching gift program.

Portland Matching Gifts

Portland, Oregon Companies with Employee Matching Gift Programs

Matching Gifts Help Nonprofits?

If your donors work for a company with a matching gift program their donations can be matched be their companies. Double the Donation can help you optimize your fundraising from sources like matching gifts and double your donations overnight. Start your journey here at Double the Donation. There are many resources across the site to help nonprofits increase their fundraising.

List of Companies with Matching Gift Programs in Portland

Portland is known for it’s forward-thinking, progressive culture. Many companies have adopted these attitudes and now offer a wide variety of corporate philanthropy initiatives. Portland is the capital and most populous city in Oregon. While only 2 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the city, many others have a strong presence. Check with your donors to see if their companies match charitable donations.

In the meantime, check out these companies that are currently offering matching gift benefits to their employees and be sure to take advantage of this vital fundraising source.

Nike

Nike will match up to $2,500 per employee to most charitable organizations. They will also match $1,000 a year for part-time employees.

Read more about Nike’s matching gift program.

Siemens

Siemens AG will match donations on a 1:1 ratio to educational institutions. Each employee is eligible to have up to $2,000 matched by the company.

Read more about the Siemens matching gift program and volunteer grants.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank matches $3,000 donations to many types of nonprofit organizations. Does your nonprofit qualify?

Read more about Bancorp/ U.S. Bank’s matching gift program.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo will match up to $6,500 a year to educational institutions. The company also has a dynamic volunteer grant program.

Read more about the Wells Fargo matching gift program.

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