By: Meghan Mausteller
If you’re involved with nonprofits, you know the greatest resources they need in order to continue doing work are dedicated volunteers and donations. While volunteers do as much as they can to monetarily support the cause, the need for more financial resources to expand programs, scholarships and grants is always growing.
But did you know there is an easy way to give to your nonprofit without taking the money from your own pocket?
Check out these six ways to get your employer to donate to your favorite nonprofit.
Workplace Giving Programs
In January 2017, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence partnered with Gateway Buick GMC of Hazelwood, Missouri, for their Gateway Gives Back program. In this program, Gateway selects one nonprofit a month to sponsor and donates a portion of all their vehicle sales to that charity.
Find out about similar programs at your workplace and recommend your nonprofit for their next partner.
Donation matching is a way to increase the the amount of money you give to a nonprofit by having your employer match the amount of money that you donate. Employers usually donate on a dollar-for-dollar rate, but some companies double or even triple their employees’ donations.
According toDouble the Donation, some of the top donation matching companies include General Electric, BP (British Petroleum), Gap, Bank of America and Google. Each company has a minimum and maximum amount they are willing to donate.
Volunteer Grant Programs
If you prefer giving your time to a nonprofit, rather than money, many companies are stillable and willing to match your “donation.” Companies including Chevron, Disney and Starbucks offer volunteer grant programs, where they offer grants based on the amount of hours their employees volunteer for a nonprofit.
For example, at Disney, they offer a four-tiered program, according to Double the Donation:
- 10-24 hours volunteered = $100
- 25-49 hours volunteered = $250
- 50-74 hours volunteered = $500
- 75+ hours volunteered = $1,000
This allows you to give your time in whatever way possible and have that work turned into a monetary amount by your employer.
Customer Giving Programs
You’ve likely been to Walmart, Best Buy, Rita’s Italian Ice or a local grocery store where they’ve asked if you would like to donate a dollar to their charity. This usually involves adding an extra dollar to your sale total and signing your name on a small piece of paper for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, March of Dimes or another charity.
This is an example of a customer giving program, where customers donate money to a company’s chosen charity.
If your company has a customer giving program, suggest they partner with your nonprofit for a month to support your favorite cause.
Non-Cash Giving Programs
Many nonprofits, like domestic violence shelters, use the money donated to buy items for their organization. At a domestic violence shelter, this might include items such as toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers or tampons.
If you work at a store that sells these or similar items, see if they would be willing to donate them to your nonprofit. Some companies even hold programs where customers purchase these items for the nonprofit and the company delivers them at the end of the month.
Engage Your Coworkers
You can also encourage your company to support your nonprofit by recruiting volunteers. For example, if your local domestic violence shelter is hosting a run to raise funds, gather a group of your coworkers and form a team. Together, you can raise money and attend the run. This will not only help a good cause, but it also provides an opportunity for some team bonding outside of the workplace.
Of course, if your company does not have any of these programs currently implemented, you can always talk to your managers to see if it is something they would be willing to start