Across the United States, there are more than 26,000 public high schools and 10,000 private high schools all looking to build on their existing fundraising ideas. At Double the Donation, we work with high schools and education foundations across the country to help them increase the amount of money they receive from corporate matching gift programs.
We know it can sometimes be tricky trying to navigate the complex policies surrounding each company’s matching gift program so we’ve created a number of resources to help organizations better understand employee giving programs. These include:
- Matching gift basics
- Volunteer grant basics
- Top matching gift companies
- Top volunteer grant companies
- Ways to market matching gifts to donors
Since Double the Donation is committed to helping all segments of the nonprofit space optimize their fundraising with matching gift programs, we created this post on matching gift companies that match donations to high schools.
Matching Gifts and High Schools
After higher education, the most common matching gift category is K-12 schools.
Included in this grouping is high schools since many companies do not distinguish between elementary, middle, and high schools when it comes to match eligible organizations. Many of these companies will also match to PTA groups, after school organizations, education foundations. Most matching gift companies do not distinguish between public and private high schools, though specific eligibility does vary by company.
For high schools with a large donor base, whether it’s parents, alumni, or community supporters, be sure to market employee matching gifts as an easy way to double existing donations!
List of Companies with Matching Gift Programs for High Schools
To help schools navigate through the matching gift process we created a short list of companies that will match donations made to K-12 schools and educational programs. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you aren’t seeing a company here, don’t rule it out just yet. And feel free to check out Double the Donation’s services to learn how we can make the matching gift process even easier.
IBM is known to many schools for its generosity in donating software and computers to school systems.
An employee can have their donation matched on a 2:1 ratio with IBM products. Or a donation can be matched on a 1:1 basis for cash.
Toys “R” Us
Toys”R”Us, Inc. partners with its team members to support causes that reflect their own personal interests and passions. The list of match eligible approved nonprofits includes to those that keep children safe and help them in times of need; organizations that support the research, treatment, prevention and cure of diseases or disorders that impact families and children; and educational institutions.
That means Toys “R” Us will match donations made by team members to high schools. Through the matching gift program, the company matches donations on a 1:1 basis and will double donations up to $1,000 per employee each year.
As one of the leading banks, it’s no surprise that many communities have a Wells Fargo presence. Employees of Wells Fargo can have their donations to high schools matched up to $6,500 each year.
Volunteer grants are also available for those who volunteer with educational organizations.
Starbucks Corporation will match up to $1,500 in donations made by an employee each year to high schools and many other organizations. All educational institutions are eligible for the program.
And if you have a volunteer opportunity coming up, be sure to mention it to your local barista since Starbucks also provides grants to organizations where employees volunteer.
Want to know more about corporate giving programs and how they can contribute to your high school’s fundraising efforts?