What are Dollar for Doer Grant Programs?
A Dollar for Doer program can be defined as:
A corporate employee giving program in which a company provides grants to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer on a regular basis.
Dollar for Doer grants are also frequently referred to as Volunteer Grants.
Typical Characteristics of Dollar for Doer Programs:
While the definition of Dollar for Doer programs is fairly generic, each individual company which offers a Dollars for Doers program defines the specific requirements and guidelines differently.
These guidelines typically outline:
- Types of eligible organizations
- Minimum number of volunteer hours required to be eligible for a Dollar for Doer grant
- Grant amounts per volunteer hour or based on passing certain volunteer thresholds
- Eligibility of employees (full time vs. part time vs. retirees)
Dollar for Doer Statistics
Dollar for Doer programs are offered by corporations across all different industries. If you look at the Fortune 500 companies, approximately 40% of companies offer some sort of Dollar for Doer program for employees.
While the average Dollar for Doer grant is $10-$15 per volunteer hour, the amounts vary widely by company. For instance, Capital One provides a grant of $1 per hour while Chevron provides $500 grants after employees volunteer for 20 hours ($25 per hour).
Dollar for Doer programs aren’t just for current employees. Past employees who are now retired may also be eligible for a company’s dollar for doer program.
Alternative Names for Dollar for Doer Programs
While most companies and nonprofits refer to these programs as “Dollar for Doer” or “Volunteer Grant” programs, there are a few alternative names:
- Matching Time Programs
- Dollar for Hour Programs
- Grants for Time Programs
Additional Information on Dollar for Doer Programs:
Does your organization have a large number of regular volunteers? Do you want raise more money from these Dollar for Doer grant programs? The following articles are a great place to start: