Are you a Houston nonprofit? Are you taking full advantage of the variety of matching gift programs offered by local and national employers? If not, you’re leaving fundraising dollars on the table.
Houston is home to many leading energy companies, and energy is one of the most philanthropic industries in the United States. Nearly all of these companies match donations made by employees and/or retirees or offer grants when employees volunteer.
If you’re a Houston nonprofit looking to have more donations matched by your donors’ employers, this article is for you! Below, we explore a few companies in Houston which match employee donations.
Leading Houston Matching Gift Companies:
While the parent company of BHP Billiton is based out of Australia, the U.S. subsidiary has its headquarters, as well as a major employee presence, in the Houston area. As with most leading energy companies, BHP Billiton is a strong supporter of local nonprofits through its employee giving programs.
BHP Billiton offers two types of matching gift programs where the company matches donations to nonprofit organizations:
- Individual Matching Gifts
Each employee can request matching gifts for personal donations to nonprofits.
- Fundraising Matches
If an employee participates in a fundraising walk / run / bike / etc., he or she can request matching funds on all money raised for the organization.
If BHP Billiton employees prefer to give their time, BHP supports their volunteerism by providing grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer regularly.
For every hour a BHP employee volunteers, the company donates $8 to the organization. Of course there’s a minimum and maximum amount the company will donate per employee, but this can be a great source of fundraising for organizations with a large volunteer base.
Halliburton employees can participate in three different matching gift programs:
- Matches to Higher Education
Halliburton provides a 2:1 match on employee donations to colleges & universities.
- Matches to K-12 Schools
Halliburton provides 1:1 match on employee donations to primary and secondary schools (max $500 annually per employee).
- Matches to Other Nonprofits
During Halliburton’s “Giving Choices” campaign, the company provides a 10% match on donations made to nearly any 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Through Shell’s Heroes (Helping Employees Reach Out) Program, donations made by current and former employees are matched by the company. Each eligible employee or retiree can request that Shell match up to $5,500 annually to a variety of nonprofits including, but not limited to:
- Higher educational institutions
- Secondary schools (grades 9-12) and related foundations
- Arts and culture organizations
- Health and human service agencies
- Civic organizations
- Environmental organizations
- And most other nonprofits
With over $230 million a year in revenue, ConocoPhillips is the fourth largest company in the United States (according to Forbes). Along with this financial success, the company has made corporate philanthropy a big component of its core values.
ConocoPhillips matches donations from employees and retirees at a 1:1 rate. Employees can request up to $15,000 in matching funds annually while retirees are eligible to request up to $7,500 annually.
ConocoPhillips also supports organizations where individual or groups of employees volunteer. Individuals can request grants of $500 after volunteering for 20 hours or grants of $1,000 after volunteering with a nonprofit for 40 hours.
If groups of employees volunteer together, ConocoPhillips provides team volunteer grants. If you have supporters who work at ConocoPhillips, make sure to ask them to grab their colleagues to come out and volunteer together. If a group of four or more ConocoPhillips employees volunteer together for a total of at least 40 hours, your nonprofit can earn a grant of $1,000.
BP is consistently ranked on our list of top corporate giving programs and recognized for having perhaps the best employee giving program.
BP has a matching gifts program where they will match employee donations from $25 to $5,000 at a 1:1 ratio.
The nonprofits BP will match donations to include, but are not limited to:
- Educational institutions (K-12 included)
- Health & human welfare service organizations
- Arts and cultural organizations
- Development, civic, and community organizations
- Environmental and conservation organizations
BP also has a dollars for doers program where they will donate up to 10 dollars per employee per volunteered hour after an employee has volunteered a minimum of 25 hours. The company will also match the amount of money an employee has raised at an event for nonprofits!
Lastly, BP’s Fabric of America program allows employees to designate a $300 of grant money to the nonprofit of their choice, in addition to all of the other matching gift and volunteer matching programs BP has in place.
Four Additional Houston Energy Companies with Matching Gift Programs:
- Citgo – Matches donations from employees and retirees to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions.
- CenterPoint Energy – Provides matching gifts to educational institutions and gives grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer.
- ExxonMobil – Provides a wide variety of employee giving programs including grants when groups of employees volunteer together.
- Kinder Morgan (including El Paso Corporation) – Matches employee donations to educational institutions and arts / cultural organizations.
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