Here at Double the Donation, we frequently get questions from nonprofits regarding how to begin a matching gifts solicitation program. Our biggest tip? Connect with corporate giving programs by looking for programs that exist in your own backyard.
San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area is home to over 7.5 million people and has a GDP of over $518 billion. The area is a major financial hub for Northern California and is, therefore, the home of some of the nation’s best corporate giving programs. San Francisco presents major matching gift potential for nonprofits with a large donor population in the area.
We’re going to examine the matching gift programs of the following companies:
- Wells Fargo
- The Gap Corporation
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Charles Schwab
- Marin CABT
But first, before we look at some of the city’s most promising matching gift opportunities, let’s check out how you can begin soliciting matching gifts.
The Best Way to Discover Matching Gift Opportunities
The biggest obstacle for a nonprofit trying to increase donations through matching gifts is a lack of awareness about the programs. Whether a lack of awareness on the nonprofit end, or the donor end, it’s difficult to capitalize on matching gift programs when either party is unaware that they exist!
The easiest way for your nonprofit to combat this is with the help of matching gift software. The two most popular options on the market are:
- 360MatchPro: This matching gift automation software is well-suited for larger nonprofits looking to increase their existing matching gift solicitation processes. With this software, you can automatically discover and contact donors that are match-eligible.
- Double the Donation’s Premium Plan: Perfect for organizations just beginning to solicit matching gifts, this database embeds directly in your website or donation form. With it, donors can search their employer and discover whether they’re match-eligible and, if so, how to begin the match request process.
If these solutions sound helpful for your organization’s needs, sign up for a 14-day free trial of the software. Now, read on for a look at 8 of San Francisco’s top companies with matching gift programs.
1. Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo was founded in 1852 in the heart of the budding American West. Initially, the banks’ founding capital was only $300,000. More than 160 years later, the banking giant has generated over $86 billion in revenue.
The company is dedicated to corporate responsibility and has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, philanthropy, and diversity.
Wells Fargo will match a donation as small as $25 and as large at $2,000. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to have their donations matched in addition to retirees. Additionally, Wells Fargo donates more than $500,000 in volunteer grants.
2. The Gap Corporation
The Gap Corporation’s hold on the clothing market expands far beyond its name-sake apparel store. The company owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta.
In 2010, The Gap spent $16.5 million dollars on employee-driven community investment and matched $2.1 million dollars in employee donations.
The Gap will match donations as small as $25 and as large as $10,000. Employees who donate at least 15 hours of their time are also eligible to receive volunteer grants of $150. The company also encourages teams of employees to volunteer with organizations that serve women or children by offering up to $250 in volunteer grants.
Visa Inc. employs over 7,500 individuals and generates over $9 billion in revenue annually. The credit-card giant processes billions of transactions every year.
Visa has a strong commitment to corporate responsibility and has been a proud sponsor of the Olympics and Paralympics since 1986.
Visa will match employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $5,000. The company encourages employees to volunteer by picking one outstanding member from each region to give a grant of up to $5,000 for the organization to which they had dedicated the most hours.
4. Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss and Co. has been operating out of San Francisco since its creation in 1873. The jean company now employs over 16,000 individuals and generates more than $4 billion in revenue yearly.
Committed to social responsibility, Levi Strauss and Co. has hosted a worldwide day of service for the last decade. Employees from around the world are given the day off to volunteer with local nonprofits. The company also works with its factories located around the world to make the lives of the workers better.
Levi’s will match employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $1,200. The program applies to current and retired employees as well as part-timers. If a Levi’s employee volunteers for a minimum of 10 hours to a select nonprofit, the company will issue a volunteer grant of up to $2,400.
5. Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab is a San Francisco based company that works hard to make a positive impact on the communities in which it’s employees live and work. Last year, Charles Schwab employees volunteered over 30,000 hours to hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
The company matches employee donations as small as $25 and as large as $1,000 at a 1:1 ratio.
Charles Schwab will also give group volunteer grants of up to $1,000.
6. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
PG&E has several philanthropic programs in place, including STEM education, focuses on economic and community vitality, and environmental education and conservation efforts.
Last year, Pacific Gas & Electric employees volunteered over 75,000 hours to support communities in Northern and Central California and donated $7.3 million, with many of those donations being matched by PG&E, increasing the total by $4 million.
PG&E matches gifts at a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $1,000 at a 1:1 ratio.
7. Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy
Marin Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Therapy is one of the leading Child Therapy practices in Marin County and San Francisco.
Marin CABT offers an employee matching gift program that’s accessible by both full-time and part-time employees, as well as their spouses. The practice will match donations up to $500 at a 1:1 ratio in most instances. However, if the donation is benefitting a nonprofit working with mental health issues, the donation will be matched on a 2:1 ratio.
LinkedIn functions as a work-based social network, through which employers and employees in an industry can connect.
The company matches gifts for full-time and part-time employees on a match ratio of 1:1, with the minimum match set at $25 and the maximum match set at $15,000. It doesn’t match gifts made by retired employees or offer a volunteer grant program.