Talk to your employees first
It is important to get them on board from the start, and allow them to contribute to the workplace policy on how donations from employees will be matched.
Take some time to research major companies with programs in place whose ethos and interests match with your own company's.
Some area companies with matching gift programs which support The Salvation Army in Chicago are:
If you would like to talk to any of these matching gift program managers, we would be happy to reach out on your behalf to make an introduction.
As part of forming the policy for your corporation, consider the following issues:
You will need:
While this might feel a little constraining for your employees, it has a number of benefits:
Consider whether your company will match volunteer hours with a financial contribution. Many organizations will provide a dollar donation for every hour an employee volunteers with an organization. This communicates your commitment to your employees’ passion to give back to their community and provides sustainable support of the organization’s volunteer programs.
Other engagement opportunities can also include timely company-wide events such as school supply drives and backpack packing for back-to-school. The Holiday season also is a great time for food drives or collecting toys.
The Salvation Army has the resources to partner with you and your employees to find meaningful engagement projects throughout the year to benefit those in need across Chicagoland.
You might consider sponsoring staff to participate in special days, months, or events that seek to raise awareness and funds for specific issues such as youth alternatives to violence, education, music programing, human trafficking, or homelessness. Again, your company can make use of such events in marketing your commitment to the community as well as raising goodwill through participating. The benefit of partnering with The Salvation Army is the breadth of programs and services that we provide is guaranteed to find a fit with the diverse passions of your employees, customers or clients..
These guidelines are provided only as examples of how other organizations handle their matching gifts program. Please be sure to consult with your own legal and accounting advisors as to how to set up your own program to best suit your own tax and financial situations as well as any regulatory requirements.
For more information on these projects and a full listing of sponsorship benefits, please contact one of our advisors listed below:
Scott Justvig, CFRE
Executive Director of Development and Communications
Office: (773) 205-3526
Dan Facchini, CFRE
Director of Corporate Leadership Gifts
Corporate Leadership Gifts Advisor