Check out these fundamental best practices for acquiring matching gifts.

The 11 Must-Know Matching Gift Best Practices for Nonprofits

Have you ever been to a movie double feature? You get in the movie-going mood, take the time out of your busy life to make it to the theater, buy your popcorn, splurge on a huge soda, and then settle in for two great films. Oh, and most importantly, you’re only paying for one.

Matching gifts are fundraising double features. For the time and cost of acquiring one donation, you get twice the funding.

Once a donor contributes to your organization, they can submit a request to their company (if they have a program) to have their gift matched. If your nonprofit qualifies, the corporation will send a check for the same amount (or more!) depending on the company’s matching ratio.

However, it will take your team a bit of extra planning to secure that extra revenue.

To ensure that your nonprofit maximizes its efforts, we’ve curated a list of the 11 most valuable matching gift best practices:

  1. Study up on matching gifts. 
  2. Appoint a matching gift coordinator. 
  3. Raise awareness about matched giving. 
  4. Collect donor employer details. 
  5. Strive for easy accessibility. 
  6. Keep records of individuals’ matching gift statuses. 
  7. Thank your donors for submitting a matching gift request. 
  8. Cultivate relationships with donors’ companies. 
  9. Maintain and update your donor records. 
  10. Perform prospect screening. 
  11. Track and review your progress. 

Follow these tips, lean back in your seat, and watch the credits roll!

Before promoting matching gifts to your donor, make sure your entire team knows the fundamentals.

1. Study Up on Matching Gifts

Here’s the good news: if you want to learn about matching gifts, you will have no issue doing so with the countless resources online.

The topic of matching gifts isn’t incredibly intimidating once you take the time to develop a better understanding of the process. Reaching an effective level of working knowledge is certainly possible.

Begin like you would with any subject by reading what you can. Try to build a strong foundation of knowledge, so that when you implement your program you’ll be set to handle obstacles as they arise.

Having a keen sense of matching gifts and what goes into obtaining it is crucial in planning your program and standardizing your processes.

For instance, learning the matching gift guidelines for the three biggest companies in your area can help your team target donors from those companies. Chances are, some of your current donors work at one of those three.

Before you can implement a surefire matching gift strategy, you need to develop a solid understanding of this type of corporate philanthropy. Otherwise, you won’t be able to relay the necessary information to your supporters. Kick-off your research with our comprehensive matching gift guide.

Designate a matching gift specialist to pinpoint all your corporate giving opportunities.

2. Appoint a Matching Gift Specialist

In the ideal situation, everyone on your organization’s team will be well-versed in matching gift programs. However, by appointing an expert to lead your team, you’ll have the time and resources to implement matching gifts into your overall fundraising strategy.

Your nonprofit will be more prepared after hiring a matching gift specialist than it would be having your whole staff know just a few basic facts about matching gifts. The coordinator is the expert, but the rest of your employees should know enough to field the questions that they can and pass along the rest as needed.

The specialist is the designated point-person for all matching gift queries and problems, as well as the staff member in charge of seeing the donations through until the end.

Your coordinator will be able to keep your various departments in the loop about what’s going on and need-to-know information.

All staff members should be promoting matching gifts when relevant, but the matching gift coordinator is the coach leading your team to victory.

If the matching gift specialist position is new territory for your organization, why not consider hiring an executive search firm? Consultants can help you craft the perfect job description and lead you through the entire hiring process, ensuring that everything runs smoothly!

What if you don’t have the funds or employee base to designate a matching gift coordinator?

Set aside some time and have designated team members do the research and put together matching gift materials including:

  • Educational packets
  • Letter templates
  • Newsletters
  • Answers to FAQs
  • Fast facts

With these resources, any member of your team is now armed with working knowledge of matching gifts and is prepared to handle most matching gift occurrences and problems. Otherwise, you won’t truly maximize your matching gift potential.

Promote matching gifts to your donors.

3. Raise Awareness About Matched Giving

Once your team has a solid understanding of matching gifts and an idea of how the process will work internally, it’s time to spread the word! People need to know about matching gifts before they can request them.

No need to be shy at this point; the goal is mass awareness. Lucky for everyone, technology has drastically improved over the years, so nonprofits now have plenty of ways to promote matching gifts.

Put matching gifts on your ‘ways to give’ page, like Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta did:

Promote matching gifts on your 'Ways to Give' page.

Create a dedicated matching gift page, like the ASPCA did:

Create a dedicated matching gifts page on your website.

These are just two of many, many options. Get creative! To get the word out about matching gifts, try the following:

Matching gift promotion should span all of your communication platforms. Diversify your marketing so that it can reach the largest possible audience of donors.

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Employer info gives you insight into which donors work for companies that have matching gift programs.

4. Collect Donor Employer Details

The educational materials you give your donors will provide them with the tools they need to determine their eligibility. However, the matching gift process is not passive. Your nonprofit shouldn’t sit back and wait for donors to come to you; rather, your team should be actively recognizing and pursuing your eligible donors.

If your staff can immediately see your donors’ employers in your database, they can go the extra mile to obtain donations.

A major gift donor who works for a company with a generous matching gift program can make a huge difference in a nonprofit’s annual budget. Plus, you won’t waste the time of your employees when you double donors’ contributions with minimal extra effort.

Knowing the companies your donors work for will help you segment your matching gift prospects.

For instance, if you’re promoting via email, zeroing in on only the prospects with the most potential wouldn’t make sense. Instead, consider a calling campaign. Team members won’t have time to call all donors and prospects. That’s where segmenting by employer can make a world of difference.

Segmentation by employer allows you to instantly recognize match-eligible donors. Sometimes, these donors might be aware of the opportunities, but they just need an extra push to complete the process!

Make sure your donors understand the matching gift process.

5. Strive for Easy Accessibility

For a donor, securing a matching gift is an easy process that has the misfortune of sounding complicated. To remedy this, brand it better by simplifying the process.

Clear and concise language with straightforward directions will encourage your donors to seek out matching gifts. Donors who have already been generous enough to donate should not have to follow-up with a ton of paperwork.

To better explain matching gifts, you can:

  1. List the typical steps involved in the process on your matching gifts explainer page.
  2. Insert a matching gift widget that can help the donor search for their company’s program.
  3. Mail out informational materials about corporate philanthropy.
  4. Highlight key matching gift statistics in your educational resources.
  5. Point out a few of the companies that commonly match gifts for your nonprofit.

Ensure that your nonprofit is a one-stop-shop for all things matching gifts! That way, donors won’t have to seek out this information themselves. Get ahead of the game and give your supporters all the information they need to fully understand their opportunities.

Keep updated records on your matching-gift-eligible donors.

6. Keep Records of the Individuals’ Matching Gift Statuses

Maintaining ongoing records of donors’ matching gift statuses falls under the matching gift coordinator’s jurisdiction.

Essentially, you’ll want to know what requests have been made, when they are processed, and when they have been fulfilled.

Keeping accurate records will guarantee that no revenue opportunities slip through the cracks. There can be a lot of moving parts in the process among the donor, donor’s employer, and the nonprofit, and there will be some level of back-and-forth.

A clear trail of what has happened and what needs to happen will make interactions a lot easier and a lot more efficient. For instance, a matching gift database like 360MatchPro by Double the Donation can track match progress. It automatically identifies opportunities to use corporate matching gift programs by searching donors’ email domains and can drive matches to completion through tracking tools and automated messaging options.

The more standardized and systematic the process you use is, the better the results will be.

Thank your donors for fulfilling matching gift requests.

7. Thank Your Donors for Submitting a Matching Gift Request

Donors involved with matching gifts have gone the extra mile for your cause, so your appreciation should match that level of energy.

Just like matching gifts have doubled your donations, matching gift thank yous should be double as well. Thank them once for the initial donation and a second time when the matched gift goes through.

In fact, you may even want to put together a special event to honor matching gift donors. The goal is to show genuine gratitude towards what they’ve done to help, and something like a special event will also promote the program to those who are unaware of it.

If you don’t have the resources for an entire event, try publicly thanking those involved on social media. Social media is a great place to promote matching gifts and is also a top outlet for acknowledgment.

For instance, a strategic Facebook post can kill two birds with one stone by thanking a matching gift donor while getting the idea of matching gifts into the heads of your Facebook community.

Nonetheless, you’ll need to find an appropriate way to demonstrate your gratitude and ensure that the donors feel appreciated. Whether it’s through a full-blown appreciation event or through thank-you letters, let your donors know their contributions are vital to your mission.

Develop relationships with businesses that offer matching gifts in your area.

8. Cultivate Relationships with Donors’ Companies

You should also consider thanking your donors’ companies as well. The donor has brought the company to you, so go ahead and cover all your bases.

Matching gifts can provide a much-desired introduction to major corporations with top-notch corporate giving.

When an employee asks their company to match their gift, by nature of the process, the company will be exposed to your nonprofit. If you want to foster a new relationship, your nonprofit is going to have to impress the company. In some cases, you’ll even develop long-term partnerships with them.

By having all of your matching gifts ducks in a row, your staff can focus on building those corporate relationships, instead of troubleshooting submission issues.

Plus, whenever you need an extra helping hand at one of your events, these companies will likely be more than happy to help out through their corporate volunteer program since you’ll already be on their radar.

Keep your donor database organized so you can pinpoint all matching gift opportunities.

9. Maintain Your Donor Records

A disorganized and dysfunctional donor database is really going to hold your fundraisers back when it comes to matching gifts. With out-of-date information, your staff has no chance of making an efficient attempt at acquiring matching gifts.

If your organization fails to collect vital donor information, simply reach out to donors. For example, you could send out mailers with blanks for donors to fill in any changes to their personal details. Something as simple as an email asking them to confirm and update their information can work.

From there, refine your process by encouraging donors to fill out their personal details when they donate for the first time.

Once the information is in your system, your next move is going to be making sure those who need it can find it. Having data stored in such a manner that only one senior team member can find it doesn’t do your organization any good, so make sure all your team members who are involved with the donation process have access to this data.

Prospect research can show you donors who are more likely to be eligible for matching gifts.

10. Perform Prospect Screening

If you’re looking for donors with large capacities to donate and great matching gift programs, prospect screenings can be a big help.

Prospect research can provide major insights into your donors. Search for vital details like business affiliations of potential donors, like where they work and where their spouses work. If a donor’s spouse works for a major matching gift company, your donor will often qualify for those donations as well.

Matching gift participation rates can vary from 3% to 65% based on how much the individual companies promote their programs. Don’t let this vital process fall through the cracks. Instead, screen your donors to find overlooked opportunities.

With the knowledge derived from prospect screening, you’ll be able to take a well-prepared approach to finding matching gift donors and will be well on your way to maximizing your revenue.

Track your organization's fundraising progress to pinpoint areas of improvement in your matching gift strategy.

11. Track and Review Your Progress

Students earn grades and receive progress reports. Professional athletes watch game tape and practice all week long. No one can get better without locating weaknesses and focusing on changing them.

This rule applies to matching gifts as well. An established system designed with achievement assessment in mind is a valuable asset.

In order to properly grade your program, track:

  • The matching gift money raised in previous years.
  • The matching gift money raised after establishing your corporate philanthropy strategy.
  • Your top matching gift employer.
  • The costs and time it takes to acquire matches.
  • The percentage of your total revenue that matching gifts account for.

Simply advocating for matching gifts won’t be enough to run a successful program. Tracking data and looking at results is the best way to pinpoint areas for improvement.


Matching Gift Database: Identify Matching Gifts with Double the Donation

Matching gifts play a major role in your nonprofit’s fundraising strategy. As you now know, eligible donors can double (maybe even triple!) their contributions through their employers. The key is to make them aware of their available opportunities and ensure they follow through with the process.

Double the Donation can simplify this process and make it easy for nonprofits and employees to take advantage of corporate philanthropy. When you embed the matching gift plugin across your website and fundraising channels, you’ll maximize your revenue potential.

With more than 8,500 organizations using it, Double the Donation offers the industry-leading matching gifts database. It allows users to search more than 20,000 companies and subsidiaries which represent 15+ million match-eligible individuals.

As the most comprehensive source of matching gift forms and instructions, corporate employees will be able to quickly check their eligibility and submit requests to their employers.

Double the Donation's tools make it easy to maximize your matching gift revenue!

Larger nonprofits may benefit even more from 360MatchPro by Double the Donation. This system goes beyond providing users with necessary instructions and forms. It recognizes match-eligible donors through email domain screening, and through automated reminder emails, donors will be encouraged to complete the matching gift process. Your staff will save time while still providing donors with the necessary guidance for completing their matching gift requests promptly.


Corporate giving programs are out there for the taking. Major corporations like GE and Microsoft have some of the best matching gift programs in the world. Make sure your nonprofit’s team can easily recognize these opportunities.

Institute these matching gifts best practices and get ready for the second movie to start.

For more matching gift advice, check out these additional resources: 

  • Marketing Matching Gifts: Want more ways to promote matching gifts? This guide takes you through several ideas on how your organization can best market matching gifts.
  • Ultimate Guide to Major Gifts: Encouraging major donors to submit matching gifts can add even more money to your annual fund. Learn the ins and outs of major donors with this helpful guide.
  • Matching Gifts Guide: Need to go back to the basics of matching gifts? Check out this comprehensive guide by Recharity.
Small Companies Matching Gifts

Have Retirees who Volunteer? Receive Grants from their Former Employers!

Volunteer grants for retirees are one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising for nonprofits. But given that retirees are the most committed volunteers for many organizations, there’s value in promoting volunteer grants to these supporters.

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

Companies with Volunteer Grant Programs for Retirees

Chevron:chevron-matching-gifts

Like most major oil and gas producers, Chevron has generous employee giving programs. One aspect that differentiates the company from its peers is that its matching gift and volunteer grants are not limited to current employees. Retirees are also eligible to submit grant requests for much of their philanthropic giving.

Each employee or retiree who volunteers for at least 20 hours in a year can request a grant for $500. At $25 per hour, that makes Chevron’s volunteer grant program one of the top ones in the world. And to make it even better, each individual can request up to two grants (either for the same organization or different organizations) for a total of $1,000 annually.

Learn more about Chevron’s Volunteer Grant Program.

PNM Resources:pnm-volunteering

PNM Resources, which stands for Public Service Company of New Mexico, is an energy holding company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company owns both PNM and Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP). As a long-time employer in both markets, the company has a strong passion for giving back.

In addition to PNM Resources’ matching gift program, the company also encourages employees and retirees to volunteer with nonprofit organizations by providing financial grants to the organizations as a way to recognize volunteerism. There are three tiers of grants:

  • 12 volunteer hours = $100 grant
  • 25 volunteer hours = $200 grant
  • 25 volunteer hours and employee or retiree serves on the board of directors = $500 grant

Learn more about PNM Resources’ Volunteer Grant Program.

Aetna:aetna matching gifts

As one of the nation’s largest insurers, Aetna has a presence in nearly all states. Given its size and scope, it’s great to hear that the company offers multiple employee giving programs.

In addition to Aetna’s matching gift program where the company matches donations to nearly any nonprofit, Aetna also provides grants to nonprofits when active employees and retirees volunteer. Once an individual volunteers for at least 20 hours, Aetna will provide a $300 grant to the nonprofit where the employee or retiree volunteered. Coming out to $15 per hour, Aetna’s program is on the upper end of volunteer grant rates!

Learn more about Aetna’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Pfizer:pfizer volunteer grants

Not many companies provide volunteer grants of $1,000 but Pfizer is one of them. In addition to matching up to $5,000 in employee donations at a 1:1 ratio and matching retiree contributions at a 50% ratio, the company also is a huge advocate for ongoing volunteerism.

At the heart of Pfizer’s volunteer grant program is a goal of encouraging regular and long-term volunteerism. Pfizer provides $1,000 grants to nonprofits where employees and retirees volunteer as long as the following requirements are met:

  • Volunteer for at least 6 month
  • Serve an average of six hours per month for a total of 72 hours in a calendar year

Learn more about Pfizer’s Volunteer Grant Program.

IBM – International Business Machines:ibm-volunteer-grants

As one of the largest and most respected companies in the world, it’s no surprise that IBM also excels in the corporate philanthropy space. In addition to providing matching gifts to thousands of organizations which employees donate to each year, International Business Machines also offers multiple forms of volunteer grants for both current employees and retirees.

Specifics vary, but IBM employees and retirees who volunteer for a minimum of eight hours a month for five months can apply for cash grants of up to $1,000 or technology grants worth up to $3,500 for their favorite nonprofit.

Learn more about IBM’s Volunteer Grant Program.

Additional Resources on Volunteer Grant Programs

Want to learn more about volunteer grant programs and how they benefit your organization? Check out the following resources:

  1. Volunteer grant basics
  2. Team volunteer grants
  3. Top volunteer grant companies
Learn about companies that match gifts made to high schools.

Companies that Match Donations to High Schools

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:

Since Double the Donation is committed to helping all segments of the mission-based sector optimize their fundraising with matching gift programs, we created this post on matching gift companies that match donations to high schools.

Learn about matching gift programs that benefit education.

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.

Learn how to market matching gift programs.

How to Market Matching Gifts

One of the biggest obstacles for 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 you use 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.

Check out this list of 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 some of the largest 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.

IBMIBM is a top company that matches gifts to high schools.

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.

Read more about the IBM matching gift program.

 

 

Wells FargoWells Fargo is a top company that matches gifts to high schools.

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 $2,000 each year.

Volunteer grants are also available for those who volunteer with educational organizations.

Read more about the Wells Fargo matching gift program.

 

 

StarbucksStarbucks is a top company that matches gifts to high schools.

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.

Read more about the Starbucks matching gift program and volunteer grants.

 


Want to know more about corporate giving programs and how they can contribute to your high school’s fundraising efforts?

Washington DC Matching GIfts

Washington, DC Companies which Match Employee Donation

As the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. has a large variety of non-profits and corporate offices. Consequently, there are numerous opportunities for non-profits to take advantage of matching gift programs and volunteer grants.

Statistics on DC Matching Gift Companies

From a non-profit’s standpoint, DC is one of the best cities to headquarter. The presence of the Federal government allows for major funding opportunities for a variety of organizations.

  • There are over 4,100 non-profits in the DC area, a number that continues to grow each year
  • According to National Center for Charitable Statistics, non-profits in the metropolitan area bring in over fifteen billion dollars annually from private donations and government grants

Companies in DC with Matching Gift Programs

There are a number of Fortune 500 companies with offices in the District that offer matching gift programs.

Fannie Mae

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Fannie Mae, the financial services company, is one of the largest employers in the District that offers a matching gift program. They provide up to $2,500 in matching gift funds for all non-profits for part-time employees, full-time employees, and spouses.

Additionally, they provide volunteer grants up to $500 for 100 hours of volunteer service, which sets it apart from other corporations.

Learn more about Fannie Mae’s employee giving programs.

Verizon

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Verizon is another large company in the DC area. They offer a matching gift program that provides up to $5,000 for any education-related non-profit and up to $1,000 for other types of non-profits. The matching gift program is available to all current and former employees.

Verizon also offers volunteer grants of up to $750 for employees who volunteer for a total of 50 hours.

Learn more about Verizon’s employee giving programs.

Booz Allen Hamilton Consulting

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Booz Allen is another company headquartered in DC. They do not donate matching funds like similar companies in the area, but instead give larger volunteer grants when Booz Allen Hamilton employees volunteer. For 40 hours of employee volunteerism they will give $500, and for 80 hours of volunteer service a nonprofit can receive $1,000.

Learn more about Booz Allen Hamilton’s volunteer grant program.

Graham Holdings Company (Washington Post/Kaplan)washington-post-matching-gifts

Graham Holdings Company supports wide variety of charitable organizations, specifically organizations related to:

  • Civic and Community Services
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education
  • Culture and Art

Graham Holdings has a matching gift program in place, which will match a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $2,000 per employee per year. The company matches at a 1:1 ratio for nonprofits and a 2:1 ratio for educational institutions and organizations where employees are regular volunteers.

Learn more about Graham Holdings Company’s employee giving programs.

GEICO

geico-matching-giftsGEICO, one of the largest companies located in the Washington, DC region, has a matching gift program in which the company will match a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $500 per employee per year at a 1:1 ratio. The company will match up to $5,000 per employee per year at a 2:1 ratio when they donate to educational institutions.

Learn more about GEICO’s matching gift program.

Additional DC Matching Gift Companies

These are only a handful of the companies within the DC area that offer matching gift grants. There are many more to choose from with different matching gift and volunteer grant opportunities. So please, share this with your offices and coworkers to achieve the most amount of money for your non-profit of choice or take a tour of Double the Donation’s matching gift and volunteer grant service!

Lean about the top companies in Chicago with matching gift programs.

Companies in Chicago, Illinois with Matching Gifts

We at Double the Donation aid nonprofit organizations in their fundraising efforts using corporate matching gift programs. These programs occur when an employee makes a donation to an eligible organization, and their company  “matches” the gift. 

As a nonprofit, the best place to start increasing matching gifts is knowing who the largest companies are in your area offering these programs. In this post, we highlight some of the great local companies in the city of Chicago that currently offer matching gift programs. We’ll examine the following companies:

  • Allstate
  • Baxter
  • Exelon
  • Harris Bank
  • McDonalds

Follow along for a look at Chicago’s corporate philanthropy, and how your nonprofit can discover these opportunities for yourself.

Learn the basics of matching gift programs in Chicago.

Chicago, IL Matching Gifts

Illinois hosts 66 of the Fortune 1000 companies, and Chicago is the third-largest city in the US by population size. The city is a major finance center involved with the transportation, telecom, and commerce industries, and is home to one of the world’s busiest airports. Additionally, the GDP (gross domestic product) of Chicago is ranked at #4 out of all cities in the world.

Needless to say, there is a huge opportunity for corporate philanthropy in the city. 

Nonprofits across Chicago and Illinois can benefit from the generous matching gift programs offered by their donors’ employers once they can figure out how to capitalize on them. Before diving into the matching gift opportunities available in Chicago, let’s look at how nonprofits can secure these gifts.

Learn the best way to discover matching gift programs in Chicago.

Our Favorite Way to Discover Matching Gift Opportunities

The most difficult part of securing a matching gift from a local company is simply finding the opportunities that exist. Many donors are unaware of these opportunities to increase their donation and therefore don’t seek them out.

We always recommend using a matching gift tool if your organization is looking to increase your donations through matching gifts. From there, you just need to figure out which tool is right for your nonprofit’s specific needs.

For example, 360MatchPro is a robust software option that automates much of the matching gift solicitation process. With it, your organization can automatically find and contact donors that are match-eligible, saving valuable time and energy for your fundraising team. However, because it’s such a comprehensive tool, it’s often better suited for larger nonprofits looking to build upon existing matching gift protocols.

On the other hand, Double the Donation’s Premium Plan is a great tool for smaller nonprofits that are less experienced with matching gifts. This tool is an industry-leading matching gifts database, that you can embed directly on your website and/or online donation form. With it, donors can discover whether they’re match-eligible and if they are, how to begin the match request paperwork.

Both tools are great resources for nonprofits looking to increase their matching gift revenue. If you think a matching gift tool would benefit your organization, consider signing up for a 14-day free trial to test the software. With that, continue on to learn about the matching gift opportunities available in Chicago, Il.

Check out this list of the top companies with matching gift programs in Chicago.

List of Chicago Corporate Donation Matching Programs

In order to help nonprofits get started increasing their fundraising, we at Double the Donation have created a short listing of some of the companies that currently offer matching gift programs in the Chicago area.

AllstateAllstate is a top company in Chicago with a matching gift program.

The Allstate Corporation offers a Matching Hands matching gift program for donations to higher education at a 1:1 ratio. They also offer a 15 percent company match on donations to other nonprofits.

Read more about the Allstate matching gift program.

Baxter International

Baxter is a top company in Chicago with a matching gift program.

Baxter is an American healthcare company headquartered in Illinois. Employees donating at least $25 to eligible organizations can apply to have their donations matched.

Read more about Baxter’s Matching Gift Program.

 

 

ExelonExelon is a top company in Chicago with a matching gift program.

Exelon Energy Corporation, headquartered in the Chase Building in downtown Chicago, takes part in corporate giving by matching employee donations up to $2,000.

Read more about Exelon’s Matching Gift Program and volunteer grant opportunities.

 

Harris BankHarris Bank is a top company in Chicago with a matching gift program.

Harris Bank or BMO Financial Group will donate up to $1,000 annually per employee match. Full, part-time, and retirees are all eligible.

Read more about the Harris Bank matching gift program.

 

McDonaldsMcDonalds is a top company in Chicago with a matching gift program.

McDonalds will match employee donations up to $5,000 per year per employee (and $10,000 per employee at or above the level of the Vice President) to qualified education, civic, cultural, health, and youth nonprofits at a 1:1 ratio.

Read more about the McDonalds matching gift program


Matching gift programs are a powerful force in helping nonprofits reach their fundraising goals, and Chicago is a great place to start when looking for these opportunities! Start with the above list, and branch out from there— the possibilities are endless when it comes to corporate philanthropy around the U.S.

Learn about the matching gift opportunities in Detroit.

Matching Gift Opportunities: Top Companies in Detroit

At Double the Donation, we help nonprofits across the country increase their revenue through corporate matching gifts and volunteer grants. Through these programs, employers match the financial donations (or, provide a financial donation corresponding to volunteer hours) given by their employees to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

We’ve found that the best place to start is by discovering the top companies in your area offering these corporate philanthropy programs. After receiving several calls from the Detroit area we decided to write an article on a few of the big corporations in Michigan willing to match donations made by their employees.

We’re going to examine corporate philanthropy, in general, for Detroit before going into further detail on the following companies:

  • Ally Financial
  • Eaton Corporation
  • DTE Energy
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

This list is by no means comprehensive when it comes to all of the companies offering match programs in Michigan, and you should consider supplementing it with your own outside research. If you do, consider using a dedicated matching gift tool to supplement your search.

This is the best way to discover matching gift programs in Detroit.

The Best Way to Discover Matching Gift Programs

Whether you’re just beginning to solicit matching gifts or you already have procedures in place, a dedicated matching gift tool is a valuable resource. These tools can not only help you discover matching gift opportunities but also educate donors on submitting a match request in the process.

There are two leading matching gift software that serve the needs of nonprofits large and small:

  • Double the Donation’s Premium Plan: Embed this comprehensive matching gift database directly on your website or matching gift page to allow donors to quickly and easily search their own match eligibility. The perfect solution for smaller nonprofits looking to begin soliciting matching gifts, this software will also point eligible donors in the right direction to begin the request process.
  • 360MatchPro: This matching gift automation platform is perfect for larger nonprofits looking to grow their already-existing solicitation processes. By automatically searching for a donor’s eligibility upon donation, and sending marketing communications once eligibility is established, this software decreases the workload for nonprofits receiving matched gifts. 

If either of these solutions seems like a good fit for your organization, visit Double the Donation to sign up for a 14-day free trial. Now, continue reading for a look at corporate philanthropy in Detroit.

These are the top companies in Detroit that offer matching gift programs.

Detroit Matching Donations List

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and, as such, is the financial and cultural center of the state.

The city has long been known as the nation’s leader in the automotive industry. Even after the financial downturn of many automotive staples, many strong companies with philanthropic roots remain tied to the city.

Ally FinancialAlly Financial is a top company in Detroit with a matching gift program.

Ally Financial Inc. will match donations between $1 and $250. Ally is unique in that it matches donations as low as one dollar. If you have a large number of donors making smaller donations, a matching program like Ally’s could make a significant difference.

Read more about Ally Financial’s matching gift program.

 

Eaton CorporationEaton is a top company in Detroit with a matching gift program.

Eaton will match donations to many nonprofits, including arts and civic organizations and educational institutions. The company will double donations made by employees that are up to $5,000.

Read more about Eaton Corporation’s matching gift program.

 

DTE EnergyDTE Energy is a top company in Detroit with a matching gift program.

DTE will match up to $5,000 per employee, with the minimum gift matched at $25. DTE Energy also has a generous volunteer grant program.

Read more about the DTE Energy matching gift program.

 

Fifth Third BankFifth Third Bank is a top company in Detroit with a matching gift program.

Both full and part-time employees of Fifth Third Bancorp are elligible to take part in the matching gift program. Bancorp will match gifts between $25 and $1500.

Read more about Fifth Third Bank’s matching gift program.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopersPricewaterhouseCoopers is a top company in Detroit with a matching gift program.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has one of the more generous matching gift programs in Detroit. They will match gifts up to $10,000 per employee each year. They will match donations made to higher education.

Read more about PricewaterhouseCoopers’ matching gift program.

 


Just as Detroit offers many opportunities to increase your revenue through matching gifts, other cities across North America do as well. Check out the following list of top companies offering these programs, and consider using a matching gift tool to do further research for yourself:

 Top companies throughout the US and Canada offering matching gift programs.

Fort Lauderdale Matching Gifts

Companies in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida which Double Donations through Employee Matching Gift Programs

At Double the Donation, we’re often asked about companies with matching gift programs in specific areas. We help nonprofits increase fundraising by optimizing potential matching gifts from their donors.

The first place to start when trying to increase your organization’s matching gifts is to familiarize yourself with some of the top companies in your area that offer these programs.

Miami Matching Gift Companies

Miami is a financial and cultural center in the state of Florida. With multiple, philanthropic companies in the area, it pays to know which corporations have matching gift programs. The city is also headquarters for many multinational corporations.

We’ve compiled a short list of some of the top companies in Miami and Fort Lauderdale area that have great employee matching gift programs.

Assurantassurant

Assurant will match donations between $25 and $1,000. They will match to most nonprofits. Part-time and retired employees are eligible to take part in the program.

Read more about Assurant’s matching gift program.

General MotorsGM

General Motors doesn’t offer a matching gift at the moment, but they do have a volunteer grant program. Organizations can receive $200 for employees who spend 50 hours volunteering for their nonprofits.

In the coming years we look forward to GM joining the trend among US automakers in offering their employees the option of a matching gift program.

Read more about the General Motors employee volunteer grants program.

GoogleGoogle

Google has one the more generous employee giving programs out there. They match between $50 and $12,000 made by employees and board members. They also have an employee volunteer program that pays nonprofits $10 for every hour an employee volunteers.

Read more about Google’s employee matching gift program.

Office DepotOD

Office Depot will match between $25 and $10,000 per employee, making it the top matching employer on this list. Part-time employees are eligible for this program.

Read more about the Office Depot matching gift program.

Want to learn more about corporate matching gift programs?

Sacramento Matching Gifts

Corporations with Matching Gift Programs in Sacramento, California

We at Double the Donation work with nonprofits to increase their fundraising capabilities. We do this by helping organizations effectively utilize corporate matching gifts and employee volunteer grants.

We receive many questions asking about the companies that offer these programs in different cities. Below we highlight a few of the major companies who match employee donations in Sacramento.

Sacramento and Corporate Gift Matching

Sacramento is the capital of the state and has a metropolitan population of just over two and half million. It is one of the locations of the California University system’s colleges. UC Davis is also located nearby. The state of California is the #1 employer in the city but Sacramento is home to many companies that are heavily engaged in philanthropy.

The numerous museums, artistic, and cultural institutions in the city could all benefit from a greater awareness of the companies offering matching gift programs. These corporate giving programs are one of the simplest ways an organization can increase their funds from existing donors.

Matching Gift List

Utilizing this short list of some top corporate match programs is the perfect way to start increasing your fundraising, whether you work for a nonprofit in Sacramento, the state of California, or anywhere else in the nation.

Franklin Templeton InvestmentsFranklin_Resources_Logo

Franklin Templeton Investments in Sacramento, and all other locations, will match employee donations up to $500. They will also match gifts employees collect in fundraising events, such as walks, bike rides, or marathons.

If several employees fundraise together for a charity walk, run, or cycling event they can double each of their individual impacts.

Read more about Franklin Templeton’s matching gift program.

Hewlett PackardHewlett_Packard_logo

Hewlett Packard has an innovative matching program. They will match up to $1,000 in cash, or match their employee’s giving with up to $15,000 in HP technology.

Read more about the Hewlett Packard matching gift program.

IntelIntel

Intel will match donations up to $10,000 per employee. They will also match donations made by retirees at 50% of the donation.

Current employees are still matched at a 1:1 ratio. The company will match donations made to educational organizations.

Read more about Intel’s matching gift program.

PG&EPG-and-E-logo-NEW

The Pacific Gas and Electric company matches gifts for K-12 education, higher education, environmental groups, and several other nonprofits. They maximum donation they will match per employee is $2,500.

Read more about PG&E’s matching gift program.

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Walmart and Sam’s Club does not currently offer a matching gift program for it’s employees. However, they do offer a volunteer grant program. Your organization can receive donations, up to $500, from Wal-Mart for the hours its employees spend volunteering on site.

Read more about the Wal-Mart employee volunteer grant program.

For a list of top companies offering matching gift programs in Sacramento, and the rest of the country, click here.

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 Baltimore offering matching gift programs.

Matching Gift Opportunities: Top Companies in Baltimore

At Double the Donation, we partner with nonprofits across the country to help them increase their revenue through corporate matching gift programs and volunteer grants. We frequently receive requests from nonprofits asking for information on companies local to their area that offer such programs.

Today, we’re examining the largest city in Maryland– Baltimore– and the matching gift opportunities it holds. We’ve pulled together a shortlist of the city’s top opportunities, and are going to detail the programs of the following companies:

  • Black & Decker
  • Lockheed Martin
  • T. Rowe Price

The above list is by no means comprehensive, and if you have a large donor base in the Baltimore area, consider doing some outside research on the city’s top programs. The best way to do this is by using a dedicated matching gift tool– read on to learn more!

The best way to discover matching gift programs, in Baltimore or elsewhere, is by using matching gift tools.

Using Matching Gift Tools

Dedicated matching gift tools can improve the solicitation processes for both small and large nonprofits alike. Whether you’re just building your matching gift discovery procedures, or improving your existing processes, these tools can aid in the process.

For example, smaller nonprofits just entering the world of matching gifts can benefit from using Double the Donation’s Premium Plan. Embed this comprehensive database directly on your website and online giving page and enable donors to search their own gift match eligibility.

However, on the other hand, nonprofits that are more experienced in matching gift solicitation will benefit more from a tool like 360MatchPro. With this tool, a donor’s match eligibility is automatically searched upon their donation. Further, as the software is fully automated, the communications following the discovery of eligibility are handled for you as well.

Sign up for a 14-day free trial of Double the Donation’s services if either of these solutions seem like the right fit for your organization. With that, continue reading for a look at corporate philanthropy in Baltimore.

These are the top companies in Baltimore offering matching gift programs.

Top Baltimore Companies with Matching Gift Programs

Check out this list of some of the top companies in the Baltimore area that currently offer corporate matching gifts. Familiarize your fundraising team with these companies to increase awareness among the donors who work for these companies.

Black & DeckerBlack & Decker is a top company in Baltimore offering a matching gift program.

Stanley Black and Decker will match employee donations at a $10 minimum and up to $10,000. The company will match to most nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the Black and Decker matching gift program.

 

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin is a top company in Baltimore with a matching gift program.

Lockheed Martin will match employee donations between $25 and $10,000 to US colleges and universities. Part-time employees are also eligible for this program.

Read more about the Lockheed Martin matching gift program.

 

T. Rowe PriceT. Rowe Price is a top company in Baltimore offering a matching gift program.

T. Rowe Price has one of the more generous programs in the area. They will match gifts between $25 and $20,000 to most nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the T. Rowe Price matching gift and volunteer grant program.

 

 


Matching gift programs are a great way to increase donations to your nonprofit with minimal effort. Whether you’re in Baltimore or elsewhere, you should be actively seeking these programs.

While this list is a great place to get started, consider also employing a matching gift tool as you build upon your matching gift processes.