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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
Major Companies in Los Angeles with Employee Giving Programs
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.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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.
The Capital Group Companies
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.
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.
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:
- Bank of America
- Edison International
- Home Depot
- Kaiser Permanente
- Northrop Grumman
- 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.