Eleven Types of Corporate Giving Programs

Fundraising can take many forms, leaving a nonprofit wondering which method will generate the most revenue for the organization.

However, nonprofits can benefit from the many giving programs that companies offer their employees. Corporations encourage their employees’ philanthropy through programs that donate money and resources to the nonprofits that employees deeply care about.

Below you’ll find eleven of the most common corporate giving programs. These suggestions can help organizations make the most of the programs that companies extend to their employees.

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Matching Gifts

Matching gifts sound like a pretty straightforward idea, and they are! Matching gifts are a great way for individuals to maximize the donations they make to nonprofits.

Companies that implement matching gift programs will contribute to a nonprofit that an employee donates to, usually matching their donation at a 1:1 ratio. Some companies, however, will match gifts at up to a 4:1 ratio!

Employees must submit matching gift paperwork either electronically or manually in order to take advantage of their employers’ matching gift programs.

Nonprofits benefit from matching gift programs by receiving twice as many donations as they normally would. Employees benefit from matching gifts by maximizing their donations with little effort. Companies benefit by contributing to a cause that their employees care about. Everyone wins!

Example: Henry, an employee at Heinz, donates $500 to a nonprofit organization. After submitting a form to the HR department or through an online portal, Henry doubles his donation. Heinz matches employees’ donations at a 1:1 ratio, meaning that the nonprofit receives $1,000 instead of $500.

Corporate Fundraising Matches

Fundraising Matches

Fundraising matches are very similar to matching gifts in that they provide nonprofits with a monetary donation after an employee has donated time or effort to the organization.

When an employee participates in a walkathon or other type of fundraising event, their employer may match the money they raise through sponsorships or other donations.

For instance, if Vicky Volunteer decides to participate in a run for a nonprofit and raises money from her friends and family, her employer may offer a program that matches those donations.

Funds are usually matched at a 1:1 ratio and have a maximum ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Example: Boeing provides employees with $100 for every walk, run, or bicycle event that they participate in. Employees have until January 31st of the next year to submit their fundraising match request.

Corporate Volunteer Grants

Dollars for Doers

Dollars for Doers is one of the most common giving programs that companies offer their employees. Also known as individual volunteer grants, Dollars for Doers programs essentially reward employees who take time out of their busy lives to donate their efforts to a nonprofit.

There are usually thresholds that must be met in order for an employee to make the most of a Dollars for Doers program. For instance, a company might offer a $250 stipend to a nonprofit for every 15 hours that an employee volunteers there.

Companies normally only provide grants to one nonprofit per employee per year. Regardless, employees can still maximize the impact that they make in their local communities by taking full advantage of Dollars for Doers programs.

Example: Chevron offers its employees and retirees a Dollars for Doers program that rewards 20 volunteer hours with $500 and 40 volunteer hours with $1,000.

Corporate Team Volunteer Grants

Team Volunteer Grants

Team building is a great way for employees to connect with one another. But did you know that team volunteering can accomplish the same goal and can come with extra donations from volunteers’ employers?

Some companies offer team volunteer grants which reward groups of employees who volunteer their time at a nonprofit together. Employees fill out a volunteer grant request form to have the funds donated to the nonprofit.

Not only do employees feel a sense of accomplishment by volunteering for a worthy cause, but companies also get to demonstrate their philanthropy and dedication to bettering the community. Nonprofits receive time and money, and everybody wins!

Example: When five or more Walmart employees volunteer for at least a total of 25 hours, Walmart will donate $500. Additionally, Walmart will grant up to $5,000 if 50 or more associates volunteer. Each department can submit up to four volunteer grant requests per year.

Corporate Community Grants

Community Grants

While some corporate giving programs rely on employees to fill out forms and volunteer time and money, community grants must be pursued by the nonprofit itself.

Community grants are offered by corporations who wish to see a positive impact in their local and global communities. Nonprofits can request community grants directly from companies during any time, but some corporations do have specific deadlines.

Additionally, nonprofits can request disaster relief grants to help local communities during times of crisis.

Example: Walmart provides community grants between $250 and $2,500 depending on the quality of nonprofits’ applications for grants, the mission of the nonprofit, and the need of the organization.


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Corporate Volunteers

Volunteer Support Programs

Volunteer support programs are a great way for companies to offer their products and services to the people who need them most.

While not every company is able to donate through these programs, those that do assist nonprofits by offering:

  • Computers and computer programs
  • Consulting services
  • Food
  • Marketing strategies
  • Other tangible products

Volunteer support programs allow nonprofit organizations to benefit from free products and services, while companies also get to feel a sense of philanthropic pride in knowing that they helped further a worthy cause.

Example: Microsoft provides affordable access to their technology and services to nearly 90,000 nonprofits every year. These nonprofits are located in 125 countries, and the collective value of the provided software is almost $950 million.

Corporate Annual Giving Charity Programs

Automatic Payroll Deductions

For employees who wish to effortlessly donate to a worthy cause, automatic payroll deductions are one of the easiest ways to regularly contribute to a nonprofit organization.

However, companies usually limit the type of nonprofit their employees can contribute to. For instance, if a company has a specific interest in sustainability and the environment, it might restrict employees’ donations to nonprofits whose missions most closely aligns with theirs.

However, once a nonprofit is on a company’s list of approved organizations, automatic payroll deductions are a great way to receive ongoing, predictable donations.

Example: EarthShare is an employee engagement and philanthropy program that is offered at hundreds of private and public sector workplaces across the United States EarthShare @ Work connects donors with environmental and conservation charities. The Georgia chapter of EarthShare alone provides donations to over 70 nonprofits in the state.

Annual Grant Stipends

Annual grant stipends that have no strings attached aren’t as common as some of the aforementioned corporate giving programs, but they are a great way for a nonprofit to benefit from the generosity of corporations and employees.

Annual grant stipends are allocated amounts of money that are given each year to employees to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. Employees don’t have to volunteer their own time or money; the company donates for them.

While the stipends aren’t massive, nonprofits can benefit from even the smallest amount of money that comes in from companies’ annual grant stipend programs.

Example: BP’s Fabric of America program allocates $300 per employee to donate to one organization or split between two nonprofits.

Corporate Employee Fundraising

Internal Employee Fundraising

How can a nonprofit expect random people to give to its cause if its employees won’t even contribute?

This is where internal fundraising campaigns come in. By encouraging nonprofit employees to give back and volunteer to support the cause, nonprofit organizations can help increase the chances that outsiders will pick up their own charitable torches and follow suit.

It’s easier to cultivate a relationship with people you already know than to start a brand new one. By looking inward, nonprofits can benefit from donations and volunteer efforts without leaving the office.

Corporate Annual Giving Programs

Annual Giving

Most companies promote year-long giving, but some employers also encourage donations at certain times of the year. The most popular time for companies to promote employee giving is at the end of the year when individuals have a firmer grasp on how much money they can allocate for charitable contributions.

However, nonprofits should keep tabs on all companies who run similar donation promotions. Every company is different, and nonprofit organizations can miss out on big donations by not reaching out to donors at these critical times.

Example: Liberty Global fund raises money for men’s health during the month of November. In past years, over 400 employees have raised $75,000 in a single month. Liberty Global matched that month’s donation, doubling it to $150,000.

Employees can donate products to charitable organizations as well

Employee Product Donation Programs (EPDP)

Some companies encourage employee giving by offering discounts on company products that employees donate to nonprofits.

These programs are most commonly found at technology companies, but they can be used by businesses in any industry!

Of course, companies have restrictions and guidelines for these kinds of programs. For instance, a company might only donate products to K-12 schools or universities.

Example: Cisco employees can give up to $40,000 worth of Cisco products per year and pay only 25% of the list price. All donations are tax-deductible. In the past, Cisco employees have donated $4.7 million worth of equipment to nearly 150 nonprofits and schools.

Additional Corporate Philanthropy Resources

Guide to Matching Gifts

Ultimate guide to matching gifts

Matching gifts are an amazing type of corporate giving program. They literally double your donors’ contributions!

Check out our ultimate guide to matching gifts and learn more about common minimum and maximum match amounts, deadlines, and promotion techniques.

Guide to Volunteer Grants

Guide to volunteer grants

Volunteer grants aren’t as common as matching gifts, but they’re still a wonderful form of corporate philanthropy.

We’ve created the top resource on volunteer grant programs. Click below to learn more about how your volunteers’ employers might be willing to donate to your cause!

Matching Gift Statistics

Matching gift statistics

Did you know that nearly two thirds of Fortune 500 companies offer matching gift programs to their employees?

It’s true! You can read more about this statistic (and find a ton of other helpful facts and figures) at Double the Donation’s corporate philanthropy statistics resource!

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