The Parent & Teacher Organization for Louise Van Meter Elementary, Los Gatos, CA

Corporate Matching

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Corporate employee matching gift programs: What are they and how do they benefit Van Meter Home & School Club?

What are corporate matching gift programs?

Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. For example, if a donor works for Bank of America and donates $100 to Van Meter Home & School Club, Bank of America 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 Van Meter Home & School Club?

Increasing fundraising from matching gifts isn’t rocket science. This year we are starting our corporate matching program. We know many of our donors work for companies with matching gift programs and we’ve set a goal of raising as much as possible from these programs. If we meet our goal, we’ll be able to better provide a rounded education for our children.

 

You can immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed corporate giving information about your employer by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs http://www.doublethedonation.com/vanmeterhsc

 

We provide you with as much of the following as possible:

  • Up-to-date company policies
  • Minimum volunteer hours required
  • Printed forms or links to the online submission process
  • Our nonprofit’s contact information (Tax ID, address, fundraising contact)

 

If your company isn’t listed, make sure to check with HR as there are many additional companies out there who offer volunteer grant programs.

 

We wish we could submit the required form for you, but unfortunately the employee must submit it. We appreciate you taking five minutes to double your donation.

 

Corporate employee volunteer grant programs: What are they and how do they benefit Van Meter Home & School Club?

What do Verizon, CarMax, and State Farm all have in common?  They all 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 Van Meter Home & School Club 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.

 

Although volunteer grants are a relatively new form of corporate giving, they’re widely offered among Fortune 500 companies and are catching on at smaller firms. For instance:

 

In fact, hundreds of companies offer volunteer grant programs with donations generally ranging from $10-$15 per hour volunteered.

 

How Do Volunteer Grant Programs Work?

 

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 Van Meter Home & School Club, please take a few minutes to check if your employer http://www.doublethedonation.com/vanmeterhsc 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:

 

  1. Individual volunteers.
  2. Volunteer determines if their company offers volunteer grants – You can search our database located at http://www.doublethedonation.com/vanmeterhsc to find specific company program details, requirements, and forms.
  3. Volunteer submits the grant request – Either electronically or using a paper form.
  4. We validate the grant request – We verify with the individual’s employer that the individual is in fact a volunteer with our organization.
  5. Corporation cuts a check.

 

 

You can immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed corporate giving information about your employer by searching our database of companies with volunteer grant programs http://www.doublethedonation.com/vanmeterhsc

 

We provide you with as much of the following as possible:

 

  • Up-to-date company policies
  • Minimum volunteer hours required
  • Printed forms or links to the online submission process
  • Our nonprofit’s contact information (Tax ID, address, fundraising contact)

 

If your company isn’t listed, make sure to check with HR as there are many additional companies out there who offer volunteer grant programs.