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 matching gift programs.
As the 17th largest metropolitan area in the United States, San Diego is home to many leading companies. Nonprofits in San Diego can benefit from increased revenue by focusing on employee matching gift programs. If your nonprofit is located in the San Diego area, take a look at these major matching gift employers in your area:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Sempra Energy
- LPL Financial Services
- Raytheon (formerly United Technologies Corporation)
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. You don’t want to miss out on these important revenue opportunities.
With approximately 13,000 employees in the San Diego area, Qualcomm is one of the largest employers in the San Diego community.
Even though Qualcomm matches donations made only by full-time employees, its program is still quite generous. Annually, a Qualcomm employee can request donation matches starting at a minimum of $50. If eligible, the company will match the donation at a 1:1 ratio, doubling the employee’s gift.
Qualcomm also provides grants worth $250 whenever an employee volunteers for at least 15 hours. Employees can apply for additional grants for the same or a different charitable organization once they volunteer for another 15 hours.
However, the company has a combined limit for each employee for both their matching gift program and their volunteer grant program. Depending on the employee’s level (e.g. associate, director, etc. ), the limit ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.
2. Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente employs more than 7,000 individuals in the San Diego metropolitan area.
Its matching gift program varies region-by-region, but fortunately for San Diego employees and nonprofits, they do offer a match program. Every year, Kaiser Permanente offers an employee giving campaign around September or November. The program is open to full-time and part-time employees. However, retirees are not eligible.
During the annual giving campaign, they match employee donations to most nonprofits. Match amounts range from $25 up to $5,000 at a 1:1 ratio.
3. Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy employs more than 4,500 individuals in San Diego and serves approximately 3.7 million customers in southern California, making it the largest utility provider in the San Diego area.
The company is a strong supporter of local nonprofits and matches donations to most organizations. Donations eligible for matches range from $25 to $2,500. The program is open to both full-time employees and part-time employees.
Also, Sempra Energy offers two types of volunteer grant programs:
- Individual volunteer grants. Employees who volunteer at least 10 hours with a nonprofit or a school may request up to $1,000, depending on the number of hours volunteered.
- Season of Giving team volunteer grants. During the holiday season, when teams of employees volunteer together, they can request a Season of Giving grant.
4. LPL Financial Services
LPL Financial offers a matching gift program for its financial advisors. Through LPL Financial’s program, full-time financial advisors can request matches for donations made to most nonprofits. They can request up to $500 in matching gift funds each year.
Outside of its matching gift program, LPL Financial finds additional ways to give back to its community. A few of these philanthropic strategies include:
- Mentoring at-risk youth.
- Teaching productive job search techniques to unemployed individuals.
- The Employee Volunteer Corps that organizes volunteer events.
- And many others.
5. United Technologies Corporation (UTC) (Now known as Raytheon)
In 2012, Goodrich merged with United Technologies, and as part of the merger process, the two companies combined their employee giving programs. Then more recently United Technologies joined Raytheon through a merger.
UTC used to match employee donations to most nonprofits. Each employee could request up to $10,000 in matching gift funds each year, as long as the request is made within 12 months of the initial donation. Now the program is under Raytheon’s employee giving program.
UTC also offers a volunteer grant program. When employees volunteer a minimum of 60 hours at eligible nonprofits, they can request a $250 donation. Each employee can submit grant requests for up to two nonprofits per year.
How a Matching Gift Database Can Help
Corporate philanthropy, such as matching gift programs and volunteer grant programs, represent a major revenue opportunity for nonprofits. With a matching gift database like Double the Donation, you won’t overlook much-deserved revenue. Here’s how it works:
- Your team embeds the tool across all your fundraising channels (e.g. matching gift pages and donation pages).
- A donor or volunteer starts typing their employer’s name.
- The tool generates autocomplete suggestions for the user to select.
- The donor receives up-to-date info on their employer’s giving program.
Double the Donation works with nonprofits across the country, including San Diego. In the database, there are more than 20,000 companies that represent over 15 million match-eligible employees, making it the industry’s leading matching gift database.
Plus, larger nonprofits can streamline the process even more with 360MatchPro by Double the Donation. It enables email automation and drives matches to completion with live match tracking.
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While the above companies are major employers in San Diego, there are many other local companies that offer these programs. Pinpointing them takes some research, simplified with a matching gift database.
If you’re a nonprofit, check out this list of the top national companies that offer employee giving programs. Now that you know some of the major employers in your area that offer matching gifts, start boosting your revenue!