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There are so many ways to enhance online giving, but what if you could double it? Corporate matching gift programs provide a groundbreaking fundraising opportunity that you need to know about!

Though these programs aren’t deliberately kept secret, most donors have no idea that they exist or that the donors themselves qualify for matching gifts. Corporate matching gifts are donations made by a company to a nonprofit that an employee of said company has already supported.

Although the process for requesting and receiving matching gifts is quite simple, many nonprofits are still unclear on the best way to pursue this online fundraising goldmine.  It all starts with recognizing the incredible corporate matching gift programs out there, such as:

  1. General Electric
  2. Disney
  3. Soros Fund Management
  4. Apple Inc.
  5. Boeing
  6. Coca-Cola
  7. American Express
  8. Home Depot
  9. Microsoft
  10. PepsiCo
  11. Starbucks

Here at MobileCause, we want to make sure your organizations know about these exceptional programs. Now let’s breakdown this stellar matching gift information so you can begin devising a revolutionary matching gift plan!

1. GENERAL ELECTRIC

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $5,000
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time, retirees

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

We owe General Electric a big “thank you!” GE actually created the concept of corporate matching gifts.They began offering this benefit in 1954 and have raised over $1 billion dollars in nonprofit donations since. Their program stands out not only for being the first, but also for including current employees at all levels, retirees, and even the surviving spouses of past employees. They also have a generous deadline for requesting a matching gift. Matches must be requested by April 15th of the year following the initial donation.

2. DISNEY

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $15,000
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

It’s no surprise that the company responsible for “The Happiest Place on Earth” ranks highly on our list. They take care of their employees by offering a generous matching gift program to all current employees. Additionally, they have the VoluntEARS program, which offers competitive volunteer grants to employees who offer time (rather than money) to the nonprofits they care about. Disney will pay up to $2,000 in volunteer grants per year.  It is important to note here that Pixar has a separate matching gift program for their employees.

3. SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $100,000
  • Match ratio: 3:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

As you may have guessed from the program basics, Soros Fund Managements holds the prize for highest matching gift limit of any corporate matching gift program. By offering employees a 3:1 match ratio on up to $100,000 per year, they are actually offering up to $300,000 in matching gift revenue to each full-time employee. Though employees are eligible for that 3:1 match, partners at the company are eligible for a lower match ratio, 2:1. However, 2:1 is still an excellent and unusually high match ratio.

4. APPLE INC.

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $1
  • Maximum matched: $10,000
  • Match ratio: 2:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

This program is special because there is basically no minimum that needs to be met to qualify for a match. Even if an employee can only give $10 or $15, their gift will be matched. Plus, there is no minimum number of volunteer hours required to qualify for a volunteer grant. Every hour from the first hour worked qualifies for a $50  matching gift. It’s nice to know that Steve Jobs’ philanthropic spirit live on in their corporate matching gift program.

5. BOEING

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $10,000
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time, retirees

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

An airplane, rocket, and satellite manufacturer, Boeing matches employee nonprofit donations at a 1:1 ratio and retirees at a 0.5:1 ratio. In the wake of a natural disaster, Boeing is even known to run special appeals that match employee donations to a particular nonprofit. This corporate matching gift program also includes to types of volunteer grants: one for individual nonprofit volunteers and one for cause-related walk or exercise participants.

6. COCA-COLA

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $20,000
  • Match ratio: 2:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, retirees

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

Since 1984, Coca-Cola’s matching gift program has donated over $820 million to domestic and international nonprofits. Coca-Cola’s favorite causes to support with their 2:1 ratio include women’s empowerment, clean water, education, youth development, and community building. They also have a generous matching gift request deadline of February 28th of the year following the initial donation.

7. AMERICAN EXPRESS

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $8,000
  • Match ratio: 2:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

Though American Express typically matches gifts using a 1:1 ratio, they reward their employees who are more involved with the nonprofit they are donating to. For example, if they serve on the board of the nonprofit or volunteer for more than 50 hours a year, their first $1,000 donated to that nonprofit will be matched at a 2:1 ratio.

8. HOME DEPOT

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $3,000
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

An interesting aspect of Home Depot’s matching gift program is that they distribute matching gifts to organizations on a monthly basis. Plus, donors can track the status of their donations through their Home Depot Foundation online account or by calling their corporate giving office.

9. MICROSOFT

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $1
  • Maximum matched: $15,000
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

What sets Microsoft apart is their employee participation rate, which is reported to be 75%. In 2017, U.S. employees alone raised $156 million for 19,550 nonprofits and educational institutions. Since their program’s inception in 1983, Microsoft employees have donated more than $1 billion, including their matched gifts.

10. PEPSICO

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $25
  • Maximum matched: $10,000
  • Match ratio: 2:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

PepsiCo, in addition to their very high maximum of $10,000, offers to match donations to FEMA-sanctioned disaster relief outside of an employee’s maximum. This means that if an employee has already hit their matching gift limit and then makes a donation to a disaster relief organization, PepsiCo will still match that gift.

11. STARBUCKS

Matching Gift Program Basics

  • Minimum matched: $20
  • Maximum matched: $1,500
  • Match ratio: 1:1
  • Eligible employees: full-time, part-time, retirees

Why We Love this Matching Gift Program

Starbucks created a philanthropic program called “Partner Match” for their U.S. and Canadian employees. This program includes matching gifts as well as a volunteer grant program that offers up to $1,000 in corporate matching funds. The volunteer grant amount an employee is eligible for depends on how many hours they volunteer.

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Becoming familiar with these top matching gift program is the first step your organization can take toward revolutionizing your matching gift strategy. By following up with donors who work at the companies listed above, your organization will be building relationships with donors you already know to be match-eligible. So get out there and start matching gifts!

For more information on matching gifts and online fundraising, feel free to browse our additional resources:

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