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Corporate Giving

Matching Gift Programs

Many companies designate corporate dollars to match employee contributions to charitable and not-for-profit organizations as a way to leverage and encourage employee donations. Matching gifts demonstrate a company's commitment to employees' interests and are often considered a significant benefit of employment.


Corporate Giving Policies

It is important for companies to have guidelines in place to frame corporate grant making and employee volunteer programs.  This allows for transparency of programs to important audiences such as non profit organizations desiring funding and employees who wish to volunteer.



Donating Paid Time Off

Donating paid time off (PTO) is a great way to encourage employees to donate because it enables them to contribute without having to provide cash out of pocket. It is also a good way for a company to reduce its liability for having too much unused PTO on the books.


Volunteer Time Off Policies

Volunteer Time Off Policies formally support the volunteer interests of a corporation's employees while allowing for accurate tracking and measurement of outcomes of the company's employee volunteer program.


Dollars for Doers Policies

Dollars for Doers supports employee volunteerism by matching employee volunteer hours with corporate cash contributions. A Dollars For Doers (DFD) policy can be put in place in addition to or instead of a matching gift policy. Dollars for Doers match volunteer hours instead of cash that an employee provides for a community benefit organization.


Donating Equity

Particularly for pre-public companies, donating equity to seed fund a corporate foundation is a highly leveraged way to insure that a company has assets at IPO for philanthropic purposes.  For public companies, equity may also be terrific asset for philanthropy.  Additionally, many employees may contribute their stock to a company foundation or other not for profit organizations. For individuals, charitable equity contributions may also provide a tax benefit as these contributions are exempt from capital gains taxes. 





In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations include corporate assets other than cash, equity and employee talent/time.  In-kind contributions include products, services, and material goods that the company owns. However, even if a company doesn't have products or services to donate, they can also donate excess office supplies, old computers, or office furniture. You might be surprised at what can be donated, so before you throw anything away, consider whether or not it can be donated.


Donating Office Space

Companies with extra office space or unused office buildings can assist a not-for-profit organization in need of office space or warehouse/storage. It can save an organization tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars per year. This is a significant contribution to the organization and the community it serves. In addition, filling up the empty space will make the office feel fuller and create more energy. Employees feel an added sense of pride for the company, enjoy interacting with the nonprofit, and may even get engaged in the nonprofit's cause themselves.

Fundraising in the Workplace

Holding a fundraiser for a community-benefit organization is a great way to engage employees in that community organization's mission. Fundraisers can be creative and fun. Some examples include live or silent auctions, bake sales, car washes, raffles, and more.


We encourage you to use the EFNT resources to design, implement and enhance your corporate citizenship programs. We also invite you to help us grow our knowledge bank by sharing your success stories so others may learn from your experiences and by sending us your ideas for additional resources.