Corporate giving programs, specifically matching gifts, play a major role in nonprofit fundraising. Many nonprofits overlook these opportunities, lowering their potential revenue.
Double the Donation works with nonprofits across the country to enhance their fundraising strategies. This is done by pinpointing matching gift programs and corporate volunteer grant opportunities.
With a population of around 4.5 million including its metropolitan area, Seattle is home to some of the nation’s most philanthropic Fortune 500 companies. In fact, the city has become a leader in sustainable, green living. In response, many companies in the area took notice and instantly became champions of corporate social responsibility as well. Brush up on these employers in the Seattle area:
- Wells Fargo
- Intermec Foundation
- Liberty Mutual Group
- Alaska Airlines
Donors who work for companies offering these programs can double, even triple their contributions to eligible nonprofits! All it takes is a little extra work on your end to encourage donors to complete the process.
Starbucks opened its first shop over 40 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Since then, Starbucks not only has become one of the world’s most recognizable brands, but it also offers a well-designed giving program.
Starbucks offers a matching gift program where the company matches donations anywhere from $20 to $1,500 per employee each year. Full-time, part-time, and retired employees are eligible.
For employees who prefer to donate their time rather than money, Starbucks offers a volunteer grant program, where they’ll write a check up to $1,000 depending on the number of hours volunteered.
As one of the most generous corporate philanthropists in not only Seattle but in the world, Microsoft offers a variety of employee giving programs.
Through its employee match program, the company doubles employee donations to almost all nonprofits. Microsoft has increased its matching gift maximum from an already impressive $12,000 to a tremendous $15,000.
To make things even better, Microsoft also has a volunteer grant program where the company donates $25 to organizations for every hour its employees volunteer—no minimum number of hours required! Additionally, the company provides each new employee with a small grant to allocate to a nonprofit of his or her choosing.
As a top Fortune 500 company, Wells Fargo & Company has a strong presence in Seattle and many other major US cities.
While Wells Fargo only matches donations to educational institutions, its $2,000 limit for each employee can still increase donors’ impact on causes that they care about. The minimum matched by Wells Fargo is $25, and they’ll match donations at a 1:1 ratio. In other words, eligible donations can be doubled!
Plus, Wells Fargo also offers a volunteer grant program, with no minimum number of hours required! Each year, Wells Fargo awards more than $500,000 in volunteer grants, making a major difference for eligible nonprofits.
While QuoteWizard has only a little over 100 employees, it’s a well-known company in Seattle. As a way of giving back to the Seattle community, it offers a matching gift program where donations are offered at a 3:1 match. In other words, eligible donations can be quadrupled!
The company matches donations anywhere from $25 to $10,000 to most nonprofits. Since its inception, the company has donated over $400,000 to nonprofit organizations and is an avid supporter of the Seattle community.
Boeing, a well-known company in Seattle, offers a matching gift program for employees who give to charitable organizations. Even after moving its headquarters to Chicago, Boeing remains the largest private employer in the city.
The company will match gifts between $25 and $10,000. While charitable donations made by current employees can be matched at a 1:1 ratio, donations made by retired employees can be matched at a .5:1 ratio.
Boeing also provides grants to nonprofits where employees donate their time. The company provides a $10 grant for every 10 hours of volunteering, with a max of $10,000. To qualify, employees must volunteer at least 25 hours. Boeing also offers team volunteer grants, awarded to groups of employees who volunteer for nonprofits. The gift is scaled by the number of employees in the group.
With a 5:1 match on donations from employees and directors, the Intermec Foundation offers one of the most generous matching gift programs in the corporate world, let alone Seattle.
The Intermec Foundation will provide up to $75,000 in matching funds per employee per year and up to $150,000 in matching funds per director per year.
For example, let’s say an Intermec Foundation employee donates $2,000 to an eligible nonprofit. Assuming the individual submits a match request, the Intermec Foundation will provide a matching gift of an additional $10,000, totaling $12,000. A program like this has the power to completely change a nonprofit’s growth trajectory!
Liberty Mutual Group
The Liberty Mutual Group provides matching funds to select types of organizations during Give with Liberty, the company’s annual giving campaign.
Through online pledging and payroll deduction, Liberty Mutual matches 50 cents on every dollar (i.e. a .5:1 ratio) that employees donate to a wide variety of social service nonprofits. Their payroll giving campaign is only a portion of the company’s matching gift program.
Plus, Liberty Mutual also offers volunteer grants for 3 employees annually. Each of these 3 selected employees receives $10,000 to donate to a nonprofit of their choosing. Nonprofit volunteers must register for this award, known as the Chairman’s Community Service Award.
Alaska Airlines works with nonprofit groups in the areas of health and human services, arts and cultural programs, as well as education, environmental, and civic organizations.
They will match gifts with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $4,000 at a 1:1 ratio. Like many organizations, their match request process is done electronically, which speeds up the process.
Alaska Air also gives organizations volunteer grants of $10 per hour for up to $1,000, after an employee volunteers at that organization for a minimum of 5 hours.
Matching Gift Database: How Double the Donation Can Help
As the most comprehensive source for all things corporate giving, Double the Donation’s database allows corporate employees to quickly check their match eligibility, submit matching gift requests, and submit volunteer grant requests to their employers.
With more than 20,000 companies that represent over 15 million match-eligible individuals, it’s the world’s leading matching gift database. A database like this can pinpoint major revenue opportunities for nonprofits!
Larger nonprofit organizations may benefit even more from 360MatchPro by Double the Donation, which goes above and beyond providing the necessary forms and guidelines. It recognizes match-eligible donors through email domain screening and will automatically follow up with these individuals until they complete the match process.
Think your organization may benefit from Double the Donation’s tools?
Corporate philanthropy is a driving force in the nonprofit world. If your organization isn’t taking advantage of it, you may be missing out on major revenue opportunities.
A substantial amount of Seattle businesses offer these programs, so make sure to familiarize yourself with your donors’ employers. That way, you can boost your revenue and double (maybe even triple!) your donors’ impact. Don’t let these important opportunities slip through the cracks. Start researching your donors’ employers now!