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 are 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, and 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, it’s important to market matching gifts as an easy way for donors to increase their impact.
How to Market Matching Gifts
One of the biggest obstacles for nonprofit organizations, such as schools, trying to receive matching gifts is a lack of awareness of the programs. That means all you need to do to increase your matching gift revenue is simply spread the word!
Our favorite way to inform people about matching gifts is through a software dedicated to doing just that. For high schools, and really any other educational institution, we recommend checking out Double the Donation’s Premium Plan.
This plug-in allows you to embed a searchable matching gifts database directly on your website and, if using one, your online donation tool. Then, when potential donors visit your website to learn more about giving in general, they can discover the wonder of matching gifts and whether they’re match-eligible.
If you’re interested in trying out matching gift software, sign up for a 14-day free trial. With that, read on for a list of the top companies that match gifts made to high schools.
List of Companies with Matching Gift Programs for High Schools
To help schools navigate through the matching gift process we created a shortlist 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.
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 with 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 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 match 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?