Corporate Matching Gifts
Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations.
For example, if a donor works for UnitedHealth Group and donates $100 to The JP4 Foundation, UnitedHealth Group will double the donation by also writing a check for $100.
Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs. A few examples include:
- Johnson & Johnson – Triples donations with 2:1 matches for current employees while also doubling donations for retirees.
- Bank of America – Matches donations 1:1 up to $5,000 annually per employee.
- Home Depot – Matches donations 1:1 up to $3,000 annually per employee.
The impact of these programs can be substantial! In 2011, Microsoft matched $48.9 million worth of employee donations to schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Did you know that more than 15 million employees work for companies with matching gift programs?
Want to help? We know many of our donors work for companies with matching gift programs. You can immediately assess your eligibility and your employers’ program guidelines by reaching out to your human resources department or contact The JP4 Foundation and let us help. We’ll provide you with links to the program details and forms.
Volunteer Grant Programs
What do UnitedHealth Group, CenturyLink, and CarMax all have in common? – They each offer volunteer grant programs. Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are charitable giving programs set up by corporations. Companies provide monetary donations to eligible nonprofits such as The JP4 Foundation as a way to recognize employees who volunteer.
These grants enable corporations to give back to their communities and support organizations that employees are already passionate about.
Volunteer grants are increasingly common, widely offered among Fortune 500 companies and are catching on at smaller firms. For instance:
- UnitedHealth Group’s United For Giving program provides $500 grants for 30 volunteer hours
- CenturyLink employees may earn up to two $500 grants per year through their Matching Time Grant program
- CarMax awards grants of $10 for each volunteer hour of the employee or the employee’s eligible family member
In fact, hundreds of companies offer volunteer grant programs with donations generally ranging from $10-$15 per hour volunteered.
Volunteer grant programs are an easy way for volunteers to provide an additional monetary contribution without having to take out their checkbooks. If you’re already volunteering with The JP4 Foundation please take a few minutes to check if your employer or your spouse’s employer offers grants for volunteering grants that could equal hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for us.
Volunteer grant programs consist of five steps:
- Volunteer! Sign up to help us out.
- Volunteer determines if their company offers volunteer grants (we can help you) find specific company program details, requirements, and forms.
- Volunteer submits the grant request either electronically or using a paper form.
- We validate the grant request – verify with the individual’s employer that the individual is in fact a volunteer with our organization.
- The Corporation cuts a check.
Last year, we received one volunteer grant which helped us raise $500.