List of Top Volunteer Grant Companies
Companies providing generous grants to nonprofits when employees volunteer
|Volunteer Grant Company||Minimum Hours||Volunteer Grant Amount||Matching Gift Program Also Offered?|
|ExxonMobil||20 Hours||$500 for every 20 hours (Max $2,000)|
|Aetna||20 hours||$300 for every 20 hours|
|Coinstar||10 Hours||$15 per hour|
|Verizon||50 Hours||$750 for every 50 hours (Max $1,500)|
|ConocoPhillips||20 Hours||$500 for every 20 hours (Max $1,000)|
|Microsoft||No Minimum||$25 per hour|
|Dell||10 Hours||$150 for every 10 hours|
|RealNetworks||10 Hours||$15 per hour (Max $900)|
|The Walt Disney Corporation||10 Hours||Between $100 and $2,000|
|Allstate||16 Hours||Either $500 or $1,000 depending on role|
The largest descendent of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, ExxonMobil is an American multinational oil company based in Texas. It was founded in 1999 and currently employs over 69,000 people.
ExxonMobil has multiple types of employee giving programs. The company offers a generous matching gift program by providing 3:1 matches to educational institutions and 1:1 matches to other eligible organizations.
For every 20 hours an employee volunteers, the company will provide a $500 grant to the nonprofit ($25 per hour volunteered.)
Highlight: The company provides up to $2,000 in volunteer grants per employee each year.
Aetna is a Fortune 500 health care company, providing traditional and consumer directed health care insurance plans and related services. It employs nearly 50,000 people around the United States.
By requiring employees to volunteer for only 20 hours in a year, Aetna employees can easily reach the minimum hours needed to request a volunteer grant. Aetna employees who volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours can request a grant of $300 for the organization they work with.
Highlight: Each organization may only receive one volunteer grant per volunteer per calendar year, but an employee who volunteers on a regular basis with more than one nonprofit can request multiple volunteer grants.
An American company, Coinstar has thousands of locations located in the front of stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. It employs 1,800 people and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
Coinstar has various ways of supporting the organizations its employees are passionate about.
Through Coinstar volunteer grant program, the company provides grants worth $15 per every hour volunteered by an employee. There are four volunteer grant levels, which all pay out at $15 per volunteer hour.
- 10 hours –> $150 grant
- 20 hours –> $300 grant
- 30 hours –> $450 grant
- 40 hours –> $600 grant
Coinstar also offers a matching gift program through which the company matches employee donations up to $2,000 annually.
Highlight: By requiring only 10 volunteer hours in a calendar year, Coinstar has one of the lowest volunteer thresholds before an employee is eligible to request a grant.
Verizon is an American telecommunications conglomerate that is famous for its wireless communications and mass media subsidiaries, as well as its “Can you hear me now?” marketing campaign. It is headquartered in New York City and employs 155,000 people nationwide.
Through Verizon’s Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), the company provides volunteer grants to organizations where employees volunteer on a regular basis. After employees volunteer for 50 hours in a year, the company provides a $750 grant to the organization ($15 per hour.)
The company also matches employee donations to schools up to $5,000 annually and $1,000 to all other 501(c)(3) organizations.
Highlight: Employees can receive up to two volunteer grant awards of $750 each in a calendar year for two separate organizations or schools (total per employee per year is $1,500).
ConocoPhillips is a Fortune 500 energy corporation, located in Houston, Texas. The company was born in 2002 of the merger between Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. and employs over 10,000 people.
ConocoPhillips’ employee giving programs are similar to ExxonMobil’s. The company matches donations up to $15,000 annually to nearly every nonprofit. ConocoPhillips also provides volunteer grants worth $25 per hour volunteered. There are two thresholds:
- 20 volunteer hours = $500 grant
- 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grant
Highlight: Teams of four or more employees or retirees may apply for a team grant of $1,000 to an eligible organization.
Microsoft is a multinational technology company headquartered in Washington. It was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and now employs over 130,000 people worldwide. The company is best known for its personal computers, office software, and video gaming platforms.
In 2005, Microsoft instituted a Dollars for Doers Program through which the company provides $25 grants for every hour a Microsoft employee volunteers. In Microsoft’s most recent fiscal year, more than 4,900 employees participated in the company’s volunteer grant program. Collectively, they volunteered for over 430,000 hours.
Microsoft also matches each employee’s nonprofit donations up to $15,000 per year.
Highlight: Microsoft is one of the world’s largest corporate donors. In fact, Microsoft has donated more than $1 billion through the company’s employee giving programs.
Based in Round Rock, Texas, Dell is a multinational computer technology company. It is particularly known for its “build-to-order” or “configure-to-order” approach, wherein it delivers individual PCs configured to customer specifications. It was founded in 1984 and now employs over 100,000 people around the world.
Dell offers a very similar program to both Microsoft and Coinstar.
For every ten hours an employee volunteers with a nonprofit, Dell will provide a grant of $150 to the organization ($15 per hour).
The company also matches employee donations up to $10,000 annually.
Highlight: Employees can request one volunteer grant per a quarter for a total of $600 annually.
Founded in 1994, RealNetworks is a provider of Internet streaming services and media delivery software based out of Washington State. It employs more than 1,000 people.
RealNetworks offers a variety of employee giving programs. The RealNetworks Foundation provides grants of $15 for every hour volunteered by employees. The company will donate up to $900 annually (max 60 hours) per employee.
The company also matches employee donations up to $10,000 yearly.
Highlight: RealNetworks offers a truly unique giving program. When an employee reaches the five year mark with the company, RealNetworks will provide a $500 grant to an organization of the employee’s choosing.
The Walt Disney Corporation
The Walt Disney Corporation is a top mass media company that employs more than 190,000 individuals worldwide.
The Disney company offers a generous volunteer grant program, known as Disney VoluntEARS. The program enables employees to request grants for their favorite nonprofit causes, based on the number of hours volunteered with the organization during a calendar year.
The voluntEAR grant tiers are as follows:
- 10-24 hours — $100 grant
- 25-49 hours — $250 grant
- 50-74 hours — $500 grant
- 75-149 hours — $1,000 grant
- 150+ hours — $2,000 grant
In addition to the basic volunteer grants available, Disney also provides “VoluntEARS of the Year” grants, typically in amounts of $2,500.
The company also matches current employee donations of up to $25,000 per year to most nonprofit organizations.
Highlight: The company offers several tiers of volunteer grant programs to encourage employees to be actively involved in their communities.
Allstate is one of the largest American insurance companies, and employs over 40,000 people. They are best known for their “Are you in good hands?” marketing campaign, which was kicked off in 2004, and their “Mayhem” campaign, in which actor Dean Winters personifies catastrophe and “mayhem” in humorous ways.
The Allstate Foundation awards “Helping Hands” grants to nonprofits where employees and agency owners volunteer on a regular basis. After individuals volunteer for at least 16 hours, they can request grants of $500.
The company also matches donations to higher education institutions.
Highlight: Allstate agency owners are eligible for $1,000 volunteer grants instead of the standard $500 grants which employees are eligible for.
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