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It’s Never Too Late for Donors to Submit Matching Gift Requests

Are you just jumping on the matching gift bandwagon? Worried about having to build a program from the ground up with all new donations?

Fear not, many of your past donors are still eligible for matched gifts.

Matching gifts don’t have to be submitted immediately after the donation is made. Although, it is to your benefit to encourage your donors to make the request as soon as possible because:

  1. The farther from the donation a supporter gets, the less likely he will be to follow-up with a matched gift
  2. The sooner your nonprofit receives the extra funds, the sooner it can put those funds to good use

Matching gift deadlines vary by company, so there’s still time to promote matching gifts to donors who contributed to your organization this year.

Donors simply have to fill out and submit their employer’s matching gift request forms. However, you need to inform donors of this opportunity first.

Learn how to promote matching gift programs.

How Do I Promote Matching Gifts?

Matching gift request submission deadlines mean little if your organization isn’t informing donors of the opportunity presented to them through matching gift programs. How will a donor know to submit a request on time, if they aren’t aware they’re supposed to submit one in the first place?

Luckily, marketing matching gifts to your donors is easier than ever with the help of matching gift tools. With proper software, you can both inform donors of their match eligibility and provide them with information regarding starting the matching process. When updating your matching gift processes, there are two tools in particular that you should consider:

 

  • 360MatchPro: This matching gifts automation software automatically discovers which of your contributors are match-eligible. Then, after identifying these opportunities, the software sends match-eligible donors marketing emails detailing how to begin the gift request process! 360MatchPro is a robust solution, best suited for larger nonprofits looking to improve already-existing processes.
  • Double the Donation’s Premium Plan: This industry-leading matching gifts database embeds directly on your organization’s website or online donation form. From there, when donors are researching your organization (or making a donation) they can search their matching gifts eligibility. This is the perfect solution for organizations with less-developed solicitation processes.

 

If either of these solutions sound like a good option for your organization, consider signing up for a 14-day free trial. With that, read on to learn about the three types of matching gift request deadlines.

Learn the 3 types of matching gifts deadlines.

Matching gift deadlines typically fall under one of three types:

  1. Within a set number of months — A company will stipulate that it will match a gift up to, for example, 3, 6, or 12 months following the initial donation.
  2. By the end of the calendar year — This option is fairly straightforward. Employees must submit for a match within the calendar year of the donation.
  3. By the end of the calendar year with an extended grace period — In this instance, a company will grant matched gifts through the end of the calendar year and then tack on an additional month or two for employees to submit their matching gift requests. Standard extensions go through end of January, February, or March, but rarely go past the 31st of March.

To get a better understanding of what the guidelines look like in practice, let’s look at some examples.

Learn about the month-based matching gift programs deadline model.

Deadline #1: Within a Set Number of Months

While most companies allow donations to be submitted far after the date a donation was made, deadlines do vary. Some major companies have much more time-sensitive deadlines for their matching gift programs.

Here are four companies with matching gift submission deadlines ranging from 30 days to 365 days from the donation date:

AdobeLearn about Adobe's matching gift program submission deadline.

Adobe offers a matching gift program wherein the company matches donations up to $10,000 per employee per year. Employees are also able to submit grant requests for $250 per every 10 hours they volunteer with a nonprofit.

The company offers an easy to use online portal for employees to submit their matching gift requests and to log their volunteer hours.

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be submitted by employees within one year of the donation date.

Click here for additional details on Adobe’s matching gift program.

 

DirectTVLearn about DirecTV's matching gift program submission deadline.

DirectTV matches donations of up to $20,000 per employee per year and provides grants of $10 per hour (max $250) volunteered by an employee. DirectTV has an easy-to-use online submission process for both programs.

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be submitted by employees within six months of the donation date.

Click here for additional details on DirecTV’s matching gift program.

 

AltriaLearn about Altria's matching gift program submission deadline.

Altria offers a generous matching gift program (up to 30K annually per Altria employee) as well as large volunteer grants ($500 after 25 hours of volunteering).

Match request deadline: All matching gift requests must be received by Altria’s program administrator within 90 days from the date of the gift.

Click here for additional details on Altria’s matching gift program.

 

Fannie MaeLearn about Fannie Mae's matching gift program submission deadline.

Fannie Mae matches employee donations up to $2,500 and offers grants up to $500 when employees volunteer. Unfortunately, some organizations miss out on this funding since they aren’t ensuring donors submit matching gift requests in a timely manner.

Match request deadline: Fannie Mae donors and volunteers must submit a matching gift request within 30 days of the date of the donation, or by December 31st of each year, whichever is sooner.

Click here for additional details on Fannie Mae’s matching gift program.

 

Learn about the calendar year-based matching gifts deadline type.

Deadline #2: End of Calendar Year

Many companies ask that employees submit their match requests in a timely manner but will still match donations made in a calendar year, or by December 31st of that year.

Here are a few examples:

AetnaLearn about Aetna's matching gift program submission deadline.

Aetna matches donations from employees and retirees up to $5,000 to approved organizations. Aetna also enables employees to allocate a $300 grant to a nonprofit after they volunteer for 20 hours in a year.

Match request deadline: Employees are encouraged to submit the matching gift request as soon as possible but have until December 31st to submit their matching gift requests.

Click here for additional details on Aetna’s matching gift program.

 

Freeport-McMoRanLearn about Freeport-McMoRan's matching gift program submission deadline.

Freeport-McMoRan matches donations of up to $40,000 to a wide range of nonprofits. The first $1,000 donated is matched at a 2:1 rate. Anything above $1,000 is matched at a dollar for dollar rate.

Match request deadline: While Freeport-McMoRan encourages employees to submit matching donation requests at the time of the initial donation, employees can submit matches until Dec. 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Click here for additional details on Freeport-McMoRan’s matching gift program.

 

Learn about the grace period-based matching gift deadline type.

Deadline #3: End of Calendar Year + Grace Period

Here are three companies that extend their calendar year deadline with a grace period.

BoeingLearn about Boeing's matching gift program submission deadline.

Boeing offers a monetary match, a volunteer grant match, and a grant when employees participate in a fundraising event such as a walk or run for a cause. The deadlines for all three of Boeing’s employee giving programs are as follows:

Employee deadline: Boeing employees must submit gift match requests no later than January 31st of the year following the contribution/participation.

Click here for additional details on Boeing’s matching gift program.

 

VerizonLearn about Verizon's matching gift program submission deadline.

Verizon matches donations up to $5,000 to educational institutions and up to $1,000 to all other nonprofits.

The Verizon Foundation also provides grants of $750 to organizations where an employee volunteers for at least 50 hours in a calendar year.

Employee deadline: Matching gift requests must be entered into the electronic matching gift system before January 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Click here for additional details on Verizon’s matching gift program.

 

Bank of America / Merrill LynchLearn about Bank of America's matching gift program submission deadline.

Bank of America (including Merrill Lynch) matches employee donations to nearly all nonprofits. The company also provides grants when employees volunteer on a regular basis.

Employee deadline: Employees must complete an application and have the recipient organization verify the gift. This information must be received by January 31st of the year following the date of the donation.

Click here for additional details on Bank of America’s matching gift program.


 

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Matching Gift Participation Rates

Has your organization ever taken a look at which companies are consistently providing matching gift donations to your organization?

If you have, you may notice that a disproportionate number of matching gifts come from a select few companies.

Survey Results | Participation Varies Widely by Company:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report entitled “How America’s Biggest Companies Give” which was compiled from their Corporate Giving Survey.

Employee Matching Gift Participation Rates

Key Insights on Matching Gift Participation Rates:

Insight #1: 65% of Microsoft employees request a match from the company compared to less than 15% for Xerox, Dell, and Verizon. This is a direct result of Microsoft being one of the best at communicating matching gift information to employees.

Insight #2: Pfizer leads companies in the pharmaceutical industry with over 30% of employees participating in the company’s matching gift program.

Insight #3: Matching gift programs are widely utilized by employees in the financial services sector. American Express leads the pack with 70% of employees requesting the company match at least one charitable donation.

Insight #4: Based on this sample of companies, the consumer goods sector has the lowest employee participation rates. Of the companies that provided data, Johnson & Johnson leads the sector with 25% of employees having one or more donations matched by the company.

 

Impact on your Organization’s Matching Gift Revenue: Home Depot vs. Coca-Cola:

For instance, both Home Depot (~13K Atlanta employees) and Coca-Cola (~5K Atlanta employees) are headquartered in Atlanta and offer similar matching gift programs.

One would expect Atlanta based nonprofit organizations to receive a significant number of matching gift donations from each of these companies. Unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the case. The majority of nonprofits we’ve spoken to self-report far more matching donations from Coca-Cola compared to Home Depot each year. **

 

So what causes this discrepancy?

Organizations typically explain this phenomenon by talking about the number of employees each company has in the area. While it’s true that a company with a major presence in a city is more likely to provide a larger number of matching gifts, there’s an even more important factor.

How well a company internally promotes matching gifts dictates how likely an employee is to know about the program and submit matching gift requests.

We know it doesn’t take a genius to come up with the above statement, but it’s true. So many employees at companies with matching gift programs have no idea their employer offers a program. If an employee / donor lacks knowledge of their company program, there’s no way they’ll submit a matching gift request.

 

Closing the Gap:

Although your organization can’t change how widely companies promote matching gifts to their entire employee base, you can greatly influence the percentage of your donors who submit matching gift requests.

If you raise awareness and make it easy for your donors / their spouses to submit matching gifts, you can increase matching revenue.

We recommend nonprofits promote matching gifts in three locations:

  1. In the donation process
  2. Across your website
  3. In your communications

If you effectively promote employee matching gifts to your donors, you can overcome low participation rates.

Data Sources:
*Based upon a publicly available survey of companies which was conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
**Based on our conversations with membership and development managers at select Atlanta organizations.

Donor-advised funds can make a difference in your nonprofit fundraising strategy. Learn more with this post!

Donor-Advised Funds: Are DAFs Eligible for Matching Gifts?

Donor-advised funds (DAF), which make giving charitable donations simple and easy, are quickly gaining popularity, but because nonprofits don’t know the ins and outs, they might not be fully taking advantage of them.

As a nonprofit professional, you likely know the DAF basics, such as how they allow donors to give today and receive a tax deduction now, rather than waiting for tax season. However, what if you could double these gifts through donors’ employers?

To fully answer this question, there are a few key points you need to review:

  1. Typical Eligibility Requirements.
  2. Corporate Examples.
  3. How a Matching Gift Database Can Help.

If you’re ready to boost your nonprofit’s revenue, let’s get started!
Different companies have different eligibility requirements for donor-advised funds.

1. Typical Eligibility Requirements

All too often, nonprofits assume donor-advised funds are ineligible for corporate matches without even checking, which makes them miss out on vital fundraising opportunities. If your donors’ impact can potentially be doubled, why wouldn’t you look into it?

Nonprofit leaders who are unfamiliar with donor-advised funds often accept the donation for face value and don’t even consider that it might be eligible for a corporate match. While donor-advised funds aren’t always matched by employers, a lot of corporate giving programs do offer them!

As you’re probably already aware, matching gift guidelines vary by company. Some companies explicitly state their policies on donor-advised funds while others ignore the subject completely, even in their complete guidelines.

Companies without explicit guidelines in their corporate giving policy make the match process difficult for nonprofits and donors alike.

Let’s take a look at some major companies’ matching gift guidelines for charitable donations from donor-advised funds.
Take a look at these major companies' matching gift policies for donor-advised funds.

2. Corporate Examples

As your nonprofit starts incorporating donor-advised funds into its corporate giving strategy, it may be difficult to immediately recognize companies’ guidelines and restrictions surrounding these donations.

Take a look at the following examples of companies that directly address charitable gift funds. That way, you’ll know what to look for while researching your own donors’ employers.

American Express

American Express matches donor-advised funds to eligible organizations.American Express not only matches employee donations (sometimes at a 2:1 ratio), but they also have very explicit and detailed matching gift guidelines.

This simplifies the donor-advised match process for nonprofits, for its charitable employees, and for the company itself.

Here’s what the company’s match policy says about donor-advised funds:

What is eligible?
“Contributions out of a charitable-gift, donor-advised, community-foundation, or family fund to an eligible nonprofit distributed from an established fund set up by the employee in his or her name.”

What is not eligible?
“Contributions earmarked to an already established or to establish an employee’s charitable-gift, donor-advised, community-foundation, or family fund.”

Learn more about American Express’ matching gift program.

Dow Chemical

Dow Chemical matches gifts from donor-advised funds to eligible organizations.

Dow Chemical offers a straightforward matching gift program that all employees and retirees can use to double their contributions to eligible nonprofits.

While Dow’s matching gift policy does have a few restrictions placed regarding the eligibility of certain organizations, matches that are eligible can range anywhere from $250 to $10,000, which can be matched at a 1:1 ratio.

Here’s what Dow Chemical’s guidelines say about giving from donor-advised funds and other charitable gift funds to eligible organizations:

“As long as the funds belong to a Dow employee/retiree and the funds are that person’s money alone, donations can be given through a donor-advised fund or other charitable gift fund. Employees/retirees will need to submit the matching gift form online after the donation has been made.”

Learn more about Dow’s matching gift program.

CarMax

CarMax is regularly recognized for having one of the top corporate employee giving programs. The company not only matches employee donations, but it also matches donations from dependents until they turn 26.CarMax has a giving program but will not match charitable donations from donor-advised funds.

The company will match up to $10,000 per associate per year. As with other well-designed giving programs, CarMax’s program encourages its employees to give back and strengthen the community.

When it comes to donor-advised funds, CarMax’s guidelines do have some restrictions regarding which gifts are eligible:

“Deferred gifts (annuities, charitable remainder trusts, etc.), bequests, insurance premiums that name the organization as a beneficiary, and gifts to and from donor-advised funds [are ineligible for a match].”

Learn more about CarMax’s matching gift program.

Bank of America

Bank of America matches donations up to $5,000 but does not match gifts from donor-advised funds.Bank of America matches donations to most 501(c)(3) organizations up to $5,000 annually per employee. The company also provides grants when retirees and employees volunteer.

They’ll match donations anywhere from $25 to $5,000 at a 1:1 ratio, allowing employees to double their contributions to eligible nonprofits.

The company provides clear guidelines for matching gifts from donor-advised funds. Here’s what the company has to say:

“We do not match charitable gifts to private foundations, family or donor-advised funds, or gifts to political or fraternal organizations.”

Learn more about Bank of America’s matching gift program.

Chevron

Chevron offers matches for gifts made from donor-advised funds as long as they're directly funded by the employee.Chevron provides matching gifts to multiple types of nonprofit organizations, up to $10,000 per employee each year.

Both full-time employees and retirees are eligible for matches, but while retirees can request up to $3,000 in matches annually, current employees can request up to $10,000 in matches annually.

Here’s what Chevron’s Humankind Matching Gift Program guidelines say about donor-advised funds:

“Donor-advised funds must be directly funded by the employee, retiree, or director only, and the fund must maintain a separate account segregating the contributions of the donor. Contributions made by a qualified family foundation or donor-advised fund must be directed by the donor and made on his or her behalf.”

Learn more about Chevron’s matching gift program.


A matching gift database can help you quickly determine your donors' employers' matching gift policies for donor-advised funds.

3. How a Matching Gift Database Can Help

For the most part, companies’ matching gift programs tend to be well-thought-out, but you’ll likely run into many companies where this isn’t the case. A lot of businesses offer matching gifts but have a lot of restrictions regarding eligible organizations and contribution types.

It’s up to your organization to research all your donors’ employers’ guidelines. This can be a long, arduous process, but a matching gift database (like Double the Donation) can help!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Your nonprofit embeds the tool directly to your site or online donation page.
  2. To determine eligibility, corporate employees search their employers.
  3. The results (i.e. available forms, guidelines, restrictions, etc.) are shown instantly.

Double the Donation offers the world’s leading matching gift database and volunteer grant database. More than 8,500 organizations use it, because nonprofits can’t afford to miss out on these valuable revenue opportunities.

You can pinpoint donors who are eligible for matching gifts, and by searching their employers, you can determine if their contributions are eligible based on factors like donation size or type (e.g. donor-advised funds). A matching gift database like this ensures that you maximize your donors’ impact!


While not all companies offer matches for gifts from donor-advised funds, there are a considerable amount that do. It just takes a bit of research on your end!

Instead of assuming that these contributions can’t be matched, check into all eligibility requirements for your donors’ employers. Otherwise, your nonprofit will miss out on some major revenue opportunities!

Managing finances and donations can be a difficult step for nonprofits, and it comes along with a lot of questions. To make the process easier, check out our matching gift guide below.

Learn about the top companies in Charlotte that offer matching gift programs.

Matching Gift Opportunities: Companies in Charlotte, NC

At Double the Donation, we help nonprofits across the country discover and capitalize on corporate philanthropy programs such as matching gifts and volunteer grants. These fundraising opportunities are great opportunities for organizations to receive two donations for the effort of one.

While these programs exist across the nation, we’re going to examine one city, in particular, today–Charlotte, NC.

To help steer organizations in the right direction, we’ve listed some of the top companies located in Charlotte that offer matching gift programs. We’re going to look at the programs of the following companies:

  • Aon
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Duke Energy
  • Goodrich Corporation
  • Home Depot

First, however, we’re going to explore how your organization can discover these opportunities using matching gift software.

Matching gift tools are the best way to discover matching gifts.

The Best Way to Discover Matching Gift Opportunities

It’s difficult to capitalize on matching gift opportunities if your organization, and its donors, are unaware that these opportunities exist!

While many corporations offer these programs, not everyone does. Further, of those that do, each has different requirements for receiving a matched gift. Matching gift software handles much of the guesswork in building and managing your organization’s matching gift solicitation processes, whether you’re a large, established nonprofit or a smaller organization just beginning.

For example, a large nonprofit that’s intent on improving its existing processes would benefit from software such as 360MatchPro. This matching gift automation platform not only searches a donor’s match eligibility upon donation but also sends follow-up communications to eligible donors informing them how to begin the process.

Or, if you’re a smaller nonprofit just entering the world of matching gifts, a solution such as Double the Donation’s Premium Plan would be a better fit. Embed this searchable matching gift database directly on your website and donation form, and instruct donors to search their eligibility when giving.

If your organization is on the market for matching gift tools, visit Double the Donation to sign up for a 14-day free trial. With that, continue reading to learn about Charlotte’s corporate philanthropy.

These are the top companies in Charlotte with matching gift programs.

Corporate Philanthropy in Charlotte

Charlotte, often called the Queen City, is the largest in North Carolina. It is a major financial center, with the 2nd most financial assets behind New York City. Bank of America is headquartered here, along with several other Fortune 500 employers. 75% of the motorsports industry is located in Charlotte, and it is home to the NASCAR hall of fame.

Charlotte has recently become a major player in the energy field and freight transportation. With this growing industry inside the city, there are ample opportunities for nonprofits to double their donations through corporate matching.

AonAon is a top company in Charlotte with a matching gift program.

Aon, a human capital and management consulting service, will match employee donations up to $1,000. The company donates to health and human services, community and civic organizations, and many more.

Read more about Aon’s matching gift program.

 

AT&TAT&T is a top company in Charlotte that offers a matching gift program.

Full-time employees and retired board members can have their donations matched through AT&T up to $250. All education institutions, excluding K-12, are eligible, in addition to arts and cultural institutions.

Read more about AT&T’s matching gift program.

 

Bank of AmericaBank of America is a top company in Charlotte that offers a matching gift program.

Bank of America, including Merrill Lynch, matches employee donations between $25 and $5,000. The company also offers a volunteer grant program which both current employees and retirees can participate in.

Read more about Bank of America’s matching gift program.

 

Duke EnergyDuke Energy is a top company in Charlotte with a matching gift program.

Donations made by employees to a wide range of nonprofits between $100 and $5,000 will be matched by the Duke Energy company. Educational institutions are matched on a dollar for dollar basis; all others will be matched at half the employee donation.

Read more about the Duke Energy matching gift program.

 

Goodrich CorporationGoodrich is a top company in Charlotte with a matching gift program.

Goodrich Corporation (now part of United Technologies) matches employee donations to most nonprofits up to $10,000 per employee per year.

Read more about Goodrich’s matching gift program.

 

Home DepotHome Depot is a top company in Charlotte with a matching gift program.

Home Depot has a large presence in Charlotte, and its matching gift program is one for the ranks. Home depot will match from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $3,000 per employee per year. The company matches gifts at a 1:1 ratio.

Learn more about Home Depot’s matching gift program.

 


Matching gift programs are a great way for nonprofits to increase their donations with minimal extra effort.

Charlotte has quite a few of these corporate philanthropy programs, and the above list is by no means comprehensive. Familiarize your staff with these opportunities and seek them out during your next fundraiser.

 

Learn about the top companies in Los Angeles with matching gift programs.

Los Angeles Companies that Match Employee Donations

Double the Donation may be based in Atlanta, but we serve nonprofit clients all across the country! In fact, in the U.S. we offer our services to those as far east as Miami and as far west as San Francisco.

In California, our clients range from educational foundations (ex. Lafayette Partners in Education), health and human service organizations (ex. Lazarex Cancer Foundation), civic and community-based nonprofits (ex. YMCA of Orange County), and everything in between.

Today, we want to take a trip to the west coast to highlight some LA-based companies that match employee donations via matching gifts and volunteer grant programs.

We’re going to look at some basic statistics surrounding corporate philanthropy in Los Angeles as well as our favorite method for discovering matching gift opportunities. Then, we’ll examine the matching gift programs of the following top LA-based companies:

  • AT&T
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • The Capital Group Companies
  • Wells Fargo
  • And many more

Follow along for a look at matching gift programs in Los Angeles, CA.

Learn some of the basics of matching gift programs in Los Angeles.

Quick Statistics on Los Angeles Matching Gift Companies

Did you know that many California public schools are now asking parents of students to donate upwards of $400 per student, each year? Due to the wealth of companies in Los Angeles focusing their philanthropic efforts on educational institutions, many nonprofits and K-12 public schools are raising tens of thousands of dollars annually just via matching gifts. These opportunities extend to other nonprofit organizations as well.

  • In 2012, 53 California-based companies graced the Fortune 500 list, 4 of which are based in Los Angeles.
  • 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer matching gift programs.
  • 40% of Fortune 500 companies offer volunteer grant programs.

If your organization isn’t informing donors of the opportunities presented by matching gifts programs, you may be missing out.

This is the best method for marketing matching gift programs to your donors.

How do I market matching gifts?

If you have a large donor base in Los Angeles (though these opportunities can be found throughout  many other cities, as well), you might be wondering how you can begin spreading the word about matching gifts. It’s an amazing opportunity, and you certainly don’t want to miss out!

Luckily, there are tools to help your organization market matching gift opportunities. Check out these top solutions:

  • 360MatchPro: For larger organizations with an already-established matching gift solicitation process, 360MatchPro is a useful resource. As a matching gift automation software, this tool automatically detects when a donor is match-eligible and educates them, via email, if so.
  • Double the Donation’s Premium Plan: A better fit for organizations less-established in the world of matching gifts, the Premium Plan allows you to embed an industry-leading matching gift database directly on your website and/or online donation form. With this, donors are able to search their match eligibility and, if eligible, view information regarding how to begin the match request process.

If your organization is looking to upgrade its matching gift solicitation process, consider signing up for a 14-day free trial of the software. With that in mind, continue reading for a look at the top companies in Los Angeles offering matching gift programs.

Check out the top companies in Los Angeles that have matching gift programs.

Major Companies in Los Angeles with Employee Giving Programs

AT&TAT&T is a top company in Los Angeles with a matching gift program.

AT&T is the largest provider of mobile and fixed telephone systems in the United States. As of 2016, it is the seventh-largest company in the U.S. by total revenue.

While AT&T doesn’t offer an official “matching gift program,” the company supports the organizations which employees are passionate about through its Cause Cards program.

Cause Cards are grants from the AT&T Foundation given to eligible charities recommended by employees. All employees that participate in the annual Employee Giving Campaign will be eligible to receive a Cause Card.

Employee pledges will be eligible for a Cause Card on a sliding scale based on a percentage of total giving. These Cause Cards are expected to range from $25 – $250. Once employees make a recommendation for an eligible charity to receive a Cause Card, they are notified of the value of the grant and the deadline by which they need to redeem it.

Click here for additional details on AT&T’s matching gift program.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPMorgan is a top company in Los Angeles that offers a matching gift program.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the largest bank in the United States based on assets ($2 trillion, according to Forbes magazine).

JPMorgan offers not only a robust matching gift program on a monetary basis (donations from $1 to $1,000) but also a very comprehensive volunteer grant program that includes both individual and group volunteers.

Individual Volunteer Grants apply to individuals who volunteer on a regular basis and are eligible to request volunteer grants. Team Volunteer Grants apply to teams of three or more employees or retirees who volunteer together and are eligible for team volunteer grants based on the combined volunteer hours.

Through these volunteer programs, nonprofits can raise up to an extra $3,000 in grants.

Click here for additional details on JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s matching gift program.

The Capital Group CompaniesThe Capital Group Companies is a top company in Los Angeles with a matching gift program.

Capital Group Companies is a financial investment services company with assets upward of $1 trillion. With about 7,000 employees worldwide, TCGC offers a very generous matching gift program, providing a 2:1 match on donations anywhere from $25-$5,000. That’s essentially tripling a donation!

TCGC also offers a volunteer grant program that encourages employees to volunteer at least 10 hours with an organization, after which it will provide a grant of $10 per hour for up to 50 hours.

Click here for additional details on The Capital Group Companies’ matching gift program.

Wells FargoWells Fargo is a top company in Los Angeles with a matching gift program.

Wells Fargo, which acquired Wachovia, has reported revenue of over $86 billion. Wells Fargo also boasts a massive employee base, at just about 265,000. Wells Fargo matches, dollar-for-dollar, donations to accredited public or private educational institutions and educational foundations, anywhere from $25-$2,000.

Possibly even more impressive, though, is Wells Fargo’s volunteer grants program. It annually awards more than $500,000 in volunteer grants to organizations employees volunteer for in their communities. There isn’t a minimum number of hours required or a specific donation amount awarded, and employees can apply directly through the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Click here for additional details on Wells Fargo & Company’s matching gift program.

Check out these additional Los Angeles companies with matching gift programs.

Additional Los Angeles Matching Gift Programs

There are countless other major employers in the Los Angeles area that match employee donations. These include companies such as:

  • Amgen
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • Edison International
  • Home Depot
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pfizer
  • Walt Disney

We highly encourage your nonprofit organization to share the above companies with your fundraising staff, making sure they’re at least familiar with the companies that will match donations made by employees. For more opportunities, check out this list of the top companies providing matching gift programs.

Learn about matching gift opportunities in St. Louis and how you can discover these opportunities for yourself.

Matching Gift Opportunities: Companies in St. Louis

Through their matching gift programs, corporations pledge to match the donations made by their employees to approved nonprofits. These programs are a powerful force for increasing donations to your organization, and you want to capitalize on them when you can!

Many cities across the nation are hubs for these programs and contain a variety of companies that practice this type of corporate philanthropy. Today, we’re going to look at one city in particular– St. Louis, Missouri. We’re going to detail the programs of the following companies:

  • Boeing
  • Starbucks
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo

St. Louis is full of matching gift opportunities, and the above list is by no means comprehensive. Unfortunately, many donors are unaware that their employers offer such programs, and the responsibility often falls on nonprofits to inform these donors.

Because of this, we’re going to first look at how you, a nonprofit, can discover matching gift opportunities before detailing the four St. Louis programs listed above.

Matching gift tools are the best resource for discovering matching gift programs in St. Louis.

How To Discover Matching Gift Programs

In order to increase your incoming donations through matching gift programs, you first need to discover where these opportunities exist. The easiest way to do this, for nonprofits large or small, is by using a dedicated matching gift tool.

Double the Donation’s Premium Plan, for example, is the perfect assistance for nonprofits just entering the world of matching gifts. With this tool, you’re able to embed a searchable matching gifts database directly on your website and giving page. Later, simply direct donors to this database so they can search their eligibility!

Large nonprofits looking to improve their current matching gift processes would benefit more from a tool such as 360MatchPro, however. This matching gift automation platform checks a donor’s match eligibility upon receiving a donation and sends match-eligible donors information regarding how to begin the match request process.

Dedicated matching gift tools are a valuable resource for nonprofits. Consider signing up for a 14-day free trial of Double the Donation’s products to see why for yourself.

Continue reading for a look at St. Louis’ corporate philanthropy.

Check out the following companies in St. Louis offering matching gift programs.

St. Louis Companies With Matching Gift Programs

BoeingBoeing is a top company in St. Louis with a matching gift program.

A well-known presence in St. Louis, Boeing offers a matching program for employees giving to educational institutions, environmental causes, and many other nonprofit organizations.

Boeing will match donations of up to $10,000 per individual per year.

Read more about Boeing’s matching gift program.

 

StarbucksStarbucks is a top company in St. Louis with a matching gift program.

Starbucks opened its first shop over 40 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Now the company offers a matching gift program up to $1,500 for its employees.

Full-time, part-time, and retired employees are eligible for the program.

Read more about Starbuck’s matching gift program.

 

 

U.S. BankUS Bank is a top company in St. Louis with a matching gift program.

U.S. Bank matches up to $3,000 in donations per employee per year to many types of nonprofit organizations. Does your nonprofit qualify?

Read more about U.S. Bancorp/ U.S. Bank’s matching gift program.

 

 

Wells FargoWells Fargo is a top company in St. Louis with a matching gift program.

Wells Fargo has an employee matching gift program where the company will match up to $2,000 a year to educational institutions. The company also has a dynamic volunteer grant program.

Read more about the Wells Fargo matching gift program.

 

 


Matching gift programs secure two donations for your organization for the price of soliciting one. They’re a huge opportunity to increase your donations, and you want to make use of them when you can!

If you have a large donor base in St. Louis, check to see if any of them work for the above listed companies. Then, use a matching gift tool to continue the search!

Learn how to use social media to promote matching gifts today.

Social Media: 12 Matching Gift Posts to Schedule Today

Social media – we all use it in one way or another. Whether we’re connecting with friends or catching up on the latest breaking news, social media has become an integral part of the daily routines of many.

But are you maximizing the impact of your social media platforms for your fundraising efforts, specifically in regards to matching gift programs?

Remember: With corporate matching gift programs, your organization is able to collect two donations for the price of soliciting one. Through these programs, employers pledge to match the donations made by their employees to nonprofit organizations such as yours, effectively doubling the impact of the original gift. These programs present a huge opportunity to increase your fundraising revenue,and you want to capitalize on them whenever possible.

Promoting corporate matching gift options using Twitter, Facebook, and the like is a quick, easy and cost-effective way (read: free)  to reach your digitally savvy masses.

Social media is incredibly efficient, as you’re able to schedule posts in advance and on a recurring basis. This means you don’t have to remember to continue posting– the networks will do it for you! This paired with the extensive network available to you through these platforms makes social media an opportunity to use to the fullest.

We’re going to examine marketing matching gifts on social media through the following:

  • Sample Matching Gift Posts for Twitter
  • Sample Matching Gift Posts for Facebook

However, before you begin posting about matching gifts on social media– which will inevitably bring forth donors interested in the programs– ensure your internal matching gifts processes are comprehensive.

Learn the best way to market matching gifts.

The Best Way to Market Matching Gifts

Once you begin posting about matching gifts on social media, there’s a decent chance you’ll have a few interested donors inquiring about their eligibility. The easiest way to push donors in the right direction and get them started with the matching gift process is by simply directing them to a comprehensive matching gift tool!

For example, Double the Donation’s Premium Plan is the perfect tool for nonprofits just beginning to build their matching gifts solicitation processes. Embed this comprehensive, searchable database directly on your donation form and website, and then link to it in your social media posts. Then, when donors see your posts and are interested, they know exactly where to look to search their own eligibility!

For larger nonprofits looking to improve their existing matching gift processes, 360MatchPro may be the better solution. This automated matching gifts tool allows for the immediate searching of a donor’s eligibility upon making a donation. Once an eligible donor is identified, the software sends automated marketing communications to inform the donor of matching gift opportunities.

Matching gift software provides you with an easy way to manage the influx of interest generated by social media posting. If this seems like a good solution for your organization, sign up for a 14-day free trial with Double the Donation.

With that, check out the following 12 sample posts to inspire your Twitter and Facebook-based matching gift marketing.

Twitter is a great tool to market matching gifts.

Learn how to use Twitter in your matching gift marketing.Sample Matching Gift Posts for Twitter

Because of Twitter’s 280-character limitation, be concise and to-the-point in your communications. Further, include a quick link to your organization’s giving page, website, or dedicated matching gift page so interested donors can access it on-the-fly via tweet

Here are some example matching gift tweets:

1. Did you know your gift can be doubled, tripled & even quadrupled? Your employer might offer matching gift programs.

 

2. Did you donate to us this year? There’s still time to submit a matching gift request from your employer!

 

3. It’s February – do you love us? We love you, too! Click here to see if your company will double your donations:  <insert URL>

 

4. Ever wonder if your employer matches donations? Search our database to learn more about your employer at <insert URL>.

 

5. Last year, we raised $X from corporate matching gift programs – help make 20XX a better year!

 

6. Did you know that tons of organizations offer matching gift opportunities? Check to see if yours does.

 

7. It takes just a few minutes to submit corporate employee matching gift forms… have you submitted yours?

 

Additionally, with retweets, donors can also easily share the word about your organization’s offering. The platform was made with efficiency in mind—so if you want to simply and quickly inform your donors, Twitter is a great place.

However, to educate donors about matching gifts through more in-depth communications, consider using Facebook.

Facebook is a great tool for marketing matching gifts.

Learn how to use Facebook when marketing matching gift programs.Sample Matching Gift Posts for Facebook

Facebook doesn’t present the challenge of character limitations as Twitter does, but that doesn’t mean you can ramble on. The following examples balance offering more in-depth information with catering to the shorter attention span associated with the internet.

Here are some example matching gift posts for Facebook:

1. We sincerely appreciate all donations to <Your Organization’s Name>! Did you know that your generosity has the potential to be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled? Check to see if your employer offers a matching gift program!

 

2. What do Microsoft, Bank of America, IBM, and Verizon all have in common? Each one matches donations made by their employees’ to nonprofit organizations. This means that if you donate, or have donated to <Your Organization’s Name>, and work for one of these four companies, the company will double your donation. Many major employers offer similar programs. Search <insert URL> to find out if your employer offers something like this, as well as to access program guidelines, how-to instructions, and relevant forms.

 

3. A huge thanks to all of our donors, and a double thanks to those who submit matching fund requests from their employers! Does your employer offer a program like this? Check today!

 

4. Help us <Your Organization’s Mission>. Ask your employer to match, double, or even triple your donation today! Check out your organization’s matching gift options here: <insert URL>

 

5. We like to brag that our donors are the best. Not only do they contribute to us, but they also take the extra step to see if their employer offers a matching gift program that may double the total donation to our organization! Have you checked to see if your company offers a matching gift option? Thanks for being a super donor if so! Check here to see if your company has a program like this: <insert URL>

 

Just as with Twitter, donors can easily share your Facebook posts with their friends and family. It’s a great way to get in front of new donors you might not reach otherwise!


If used correctly, social media can be a valuable resource in marketing matching gift opportunities. For more information on how to use social media to market matching gift programs, check out some additional social media ideas.

Small Companies Matching Gifts

Five Companies Providing Volunteer Grants when Retirees Volunteer

If your organization has a large number of volunteers, you’ve probably received volunteer grants, also known as Dollar for Doer grants.

Not familiar with volunteer grant programs?
Check out this article which outlines the basics of volunteer grant programs. It also provides an overview on how organizations can benefit from this source of corporate giving.

At Double the Donation, we help nonprofits raise more money from employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs. While we recognize that many company programs are geared exclusively towards current employees, some companies extend their grant programs to retirees who volunteer on a regular basis.

Five Companies which Provide Grants when Retirees Volunteer

Bank of AmericaBank of America Retiree Volunteer Grants

Bank of America offers both a matching gift and volunteer grant program. Through Bank of America’s dollars for doers program, the bank offers the following two different thresholds of volunteer grants:

  • 50 volunteer hours = $250 grant
  • 100 volunteer hours = $500 grant

Learn more about Bank of America’s Volunteer Grant Program.

ConocoPhillipsVolunteer Grants for ConocoPhillips Employees and Retirees

Like many other energy providers, ConocoPhillips offers generous employee giving programs. In addition to the ConocoPhillip’s matching gift program, the company also provides donations to nonprofits where employees volunteer on a regular basis. ConocoPhillips also offers two different levels of volunteer grants:

  • 20 volunteer hours = $500 grants
  • 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grants

Learn more about ConocoPhillips’ Volunteer Grant Program.

Prudential

In addition to matching up to $5,000 of each employee’s donations, Prudential also offers grants when employees volunteer on a regular basis.

Specific grant amounts vary between $250-$1,000 and are based upon the number of hours and type of volunteer work performed. Each employee must volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours before being eligible for a volunteer grant.

Learn more about Prudential’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Alliant EnergyAlliant Energy Grants for Employee and Retiree Volunteerism

Through Alliant Energy’s Volunteer Program, the company recognizes personal volunteerism performed by employees and retirees by providing grants to the nonprofit. The company has three different volunteer grant thresholds:

  • 50-149 volunteer hours = $100 grants
  • 150- 199 volunteer hours =  $300 grants
  • 200+ volunteer hours = $400 grants

Learn more about Alliant Energy’s Volunteer Grant Program.

ExxonMobilVolunteer Grants for ExxonMobil Employees and Retirees

In addition to ExxonMobil’s generous matching gift program to higher education and arts & cultural organizations, Exxon Mobil also offers two types of volunteer grant programs:

ExxonMobil Individual Volunteer Grants

  • 20 volunteer hours = $500 grants
  • 40 volunteer hours = $1,000 grants
  • 60 volunteer hours = $1,500 grants
  • 80 volunteer hours = $2,000 grants

Spouses and dependent children (ages 12-25) of both employees and retirees are also eligible to participate and request volunteer grants for their volunteer hours.

ExxonMobil Team Volunteer Grants

A $500 grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations when a team of at least five ExxonMobil employees and retirees volunteer together for at least 20 combined hours. Click here to read about other companies providing grants when groups of employees volunteer.

Learn more about Exxon Mobil’s Volunteer Grant Program.

We also encourage you to explore Double the Donation’s matching gift and volunteer grant service to see if it can help your nonprofit raise more money from employee giving programs.