By Adam Weinger
With competition for top employees at an all-time high, companies are looking for ways to stand out. Many have implemented corporate giving programs, such as matching gifts, which allow their employees to contribute to causes close to their hearts. Here are seven with unique matching gift programs.
BHP's matching gift program is unique in that it's not only very generous (matching donations up to at a one-to-one ratio), but it offers fundraising matches, also. If you participate in a fundraising event (a walk, run, bike, etc.), BHP will match all donations that you personally collect. BHP will also match donations raised for events hosted exclusively by BHP employees.
In fiscal year 2013, BHP Billiton reported $7.5 million in contributions (including matching gifts) to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations.
Dominion Resources (most often referred to as Dominion), a power and energy company headquartered in Richmond, Va., has 15,500 employees. In 2012, Dominion contributed more than $21 million in corporate giving.
Dominion's matching gift program is available to an array of people, including current full-time and part-time employees, as well as retired employees and current members of the Dominion Board of Directors. Donations are matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000 per calendar year.
Dominion also recognizes its employees who volunteer with nonprofit organizations, allowing them to request a grant once per calendar year up to $2,500 based on how many hours of volunteering were provided
GE is unique in that it laid the foundation for corporate giving in 1954 by creating the very first matching gift program. In 2012 alone, the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program matched gifts totaling almost $38 million.
GE has an incredibly robust matching gift program, matching donations up to $50,000 from employees and retirees (including surviving spouses of eligible GE retirees) to most American and U.K.-based nonprofit organizations.
HP offers two kinds of matching gift programs. The first is called the HP Cash Matching Program, which provides a dollar-for-dollar match up to donations of $1,000 per employee every year.
The second program is called the HP Employee Product Giving Program, in which technological equipment is donated to eligible nonprofit organizations. An HP employee contributes 25 percent of the list price of the HP product, and HP will contribute the remaining 75 percent, up to $15,000 worth of technology. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to participate in these programs, as are retirees.
HP has made monetary and technological donations to nonprofit organizations totaling $48 million since 2007, including $25 million worth of HP technology.
Johnson & Johnson has a unique and generous matching gift program, providing matches to employee donations of up to $10,000 at a two-to-one ratio for current employees, and up to $10,000 at a one-to-one ratio for retirees. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson reported more than $131 million in cash giving.
Despite employing fewer than 500 people, SFM has one of the most generous matching gift programs in existence. Soros will match employee donations of up to $100,000 at a three-to-one ratio to most eligible nonprofit organizations. Partner donations are matched at a two-to-one ratio. The maximum company contribution per calendar year is $300,000.
Soros Fund Management also provides grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer on a regular basis (at least 20 hours). From 20 to 39 hours, SFM will provide a $1,000 grant; 40 to 59 hours yields a $2,000 grant; 60 to 79 hours earns a $3,000 grant; and more than 80 volunteer hours yields a $4,000 grant to a nonprofit organization.
State Street has two matching gift programs employees can participate in. The first, "GiveMore," matches employee donations at a one-to-one ratio to most eligible nonprofit organizations. The donation limits vary depending on the role of the employee: Board of Directors, CEO, President, and Vice Chairs have a limit of $35,000; Executive Vice Presidents have a $25,000 maximum; Senior Vice Presidents a $15,000 maximum; and all other employees have a $5,000 maximum donation match. Spouses of employees are eligible to have their donations matched if the donation is listed under both names.
The second program, "CollectMore," is State Street's matching gift program in which the company matches an employee's fulfilled fundraising pledges for nonprofit organizations.
In 2010, State Street employees contributed over $4 million to nonprofit organizations via GiveMore and CollectMore, and State Street contributed $4.2 million in donation matches.
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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.