Every day, more and more companies in the United States are realizing that philanthropy is good for business.   In 2011 alone, corporations donated over $14 billion dollars to nonprofits. Many of these companies are encouraging their employees to make an impact in the communities that they live in too.Are you taking full advantage of the corporate giving programs that are out there?

Every day, more and more companies in the United States are realizing that philanthropy is good for business.  In 2011 alone, corporations donated over $14 billion dollars to nonprofits.  Many of these companies are encouraging their employees to make an impact in the communities that they live in too.

Over 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer matching programs.  Unfortunately, many nonprofits are missing out simply because employees are unaware that these programs even exist.

So, let’s take a look what these corporate giving programs are, and how can you can connect your donors and favorite nonprofits with them.

Employee Volunteerism – Get a Monetary Boost from your Volunteers – Dollars for Doers
Employees of many companies can raise money for a nonprofit of their choice simply by volunteering their hours.

Projects That Impact Your Community
Companies are eager to make a positive impact on the local communities they serve.  Studies show 90% of consumers want to know how a business gives back and 85% of consumers have a more positive image of a product or company when it supports a cause they care about. – 2010 Cone Cause Evolutions Study

Give Essential Goods and Services For Free
Getting a service for free can be a lot more valuable than a monetary donation. Many companies are willing to volunteer their expertise or goods to organizations that are trying to make a difference.

These programs aren’t limited to giant corporations either.  Sometimes it is as simple as partnering with local businesses that have a commitment to change. Restaurants can help cater a fundraising events, a local marketing firm could help you promote it.  The possibilities are endless.

Double your Donations with a Match Giving Campaign of Matching Gifts
Many donors could be doubling or even tripling their donation to their favorite nonprofit or school, yet may not even realize it.    Most major corporations  encourage employee philanthropy with Employer Matching Gifts Programs.   And there’s no shortage of funds.    Microsoft matched $48.9 million dollars in 2011 alone!   However, it is estimated that over $12 Billion Dollars of matched donations go unclaimed.

The biggest problem with corporate matching programs is that employees often do not realize they exist or they are still processed using paper forms.   As small as it may seem, many employees simply do not complete the forms, despite their best intentions.   Sometimes, information about an employer’s matching program is  lost in a mess of other employee-orientation material or HR files.  Regardless of the reason, nonprofits end up loosing out on these employer matched donations.

That is all about to change with GIVINGtrax®, a cloud-network for business giving.  Employees can simply connect to their employer and the employer matched gift takes place automatically!

Encourage your employer or those local businesses in your community to check out GIVINGtrax®.  We provide web-based & mobile-based tools for managing donations, corporate philanthropy, community giving, cause marketing, volunteerism, and help nonprofits with free fundraising software tools.  Plus make it easy to participate in Workplace Giving Campaigns and Employer Matched Giving.   GIVINGtrax® is funded by business members, for the benefit of nonprofits and schools.