By Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation
As more and more companies adopt corporate giving programs, it's getting harder to stand out. Modern companies realize that corporate philanthropy is good for business and recruitment and are rushing to create competitive corporate philanthropy programs.
Employee giving programs not only boost your public image but can attract future employees who want to work in a charitable environment. These programs come in different shapes and sizes, and reward volunteering as well as monetary contributions.
So what companies are winning the race to provide unique employee giving programs?
BP employees can now give $300 to a nonprofit with no strings attached. The company does not require employees to give a gift of their own or volunteer any time. By giving its employees such an unprecedented say in its corporate philanthropy program, BP employees are becoming active stakeholders in the giving process. I'd argue that is a great thing!
And there are plenty of "standard" options at BP as well. BP offers $10 for every hour an employee volunteers at an eligible nonprofit and will match contributions as small as $25 and as large as $5,000.
The internet media company rewards employee loyalty with the gift of giving. After five years of service at RealNetworks, an employee receives $500 to give to the charity of his or her choosing.
If an employee donates the equivalent of one day's salary to a nonprofit, they receive two extra vacation days. It is not exactly the most selfless act, but is sure to draw the attention of both philanthropic employees and those looking for extra time off.
CarMax provides financial support to the nonprofits its employees' dependents care about. Through the company's matching gift program, the retailer matches eligible contributions for any dependent up to the age of 26.
The company also provides grants of $10 for every hour an employee volunteers with a nonprofit.
If you're interested in learning more about matching gift companies, check out Double the Donation's list of top companies with matching donation programs.
Adam Weinger is the President of Double the Donation, a company focused on helping nonprofits increase the amount of money they raise from corporate matching gift and volunteer grant programs. Follow Double the Donation on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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