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Get Grants for Using Corporate Volunteers

Mar 27, 2014

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Here's another reason to get to know your volunteers really well: "Dollars for Doers" programs, also known as volunteer grants. These are a kind of matching gift and employee volunteer program, where companies contribute money to nonprofits where their employees, and sometimes even retirees, are contributing their time and talent.

Although Dollars for Doers programs are the most frequently offered among 240 leading companies, including 60 of the largest 100 companies in the FORTUNE 500, very few employees participate, and it typically comprises only 10% of all matching gift allocations, according to the Center Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's annual Giving in Numbers report.

If your nonprofit has a lot of employed volunteers, it could benefit from this little-known form of corporate philanthropy. Learn the typical requirements to be eligible for volunteer grants, and how to work with your corporate volunteers to meet them. 

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Adam Weinger

Adam Weinger, president of Double the Donation, which helps nonprofit organizations and schools raise funds from corporate matching gift and employee volunteer grant programs. Adam is blending his corporate experience with non-profit fundraising. He studied finance and economic development at Emory University and abroad at the Singapore Management University before working in the private sector at Comcast and Capital One. Both companies offered generous corporate giving programs, yet most employees were unaware of them.After speaking with a host of nonprofit organizations about the need to access matching gift funds in a cost effective way, Double the Donation was born. Read more.