In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, corporate America is stepping up big time to help with the relief efforts. And it’s not just donating money, they are also encouraging their employees to get involved too.
Companies have also gone beyond just writing a check, by volunteering, providing in-kind donations like water and food, and encouraging employees to donate by matching contributions, according to Mark Shamley, the president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals, according to CNN Money.
“The bottom line is companies have embraced their civic duty to respond to disasters in ways that transcend check writing,” he said.
When companies respond to disasters, they build a tremendous amount of good will externally and internally, says Una Osili, associate dean at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy told CNN Money.
“Employees themselves want to work at companies that are engaged in a broader social good and making the community better,” she said.
At HEPdata, we track over 23,000 matching gift companies in the US and Canada. We would like to give a shout out to some of these companies that are doing a great job, not only generously donating to the Hurricane Relief efforts, but also encouraging their employees and customers to get involved.
Below is a sample of these generous companies. There are too many companies to list and our office has been inundated with calls from those that want to start a matching gift program.
Allstate: Allstate and the Allstate Foundation have pledged $1.5 million to Harvey relief. The company is also matching employee and agency owner contributions.
Bank of America: Donating more than $3.5 million to victims of the two storms, including $754,000 donated by bank employees, which the company matched.
BP: BP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to assist with relief efforts. The contribution will be split equally among the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Greater Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston. The company will also match employee contributions.
UnitedHealthcare: Announced a donation of $1 million for Irma relief, and also a 2-to-1 match for employee donations. It previously promised $4.3 million in “cash and medicines” after Harvey. This 2:1 match is above their normal 1:1 match for their regular matching gift program.
At HEPdata, we are here to help non-profits maximize their matching gift revenue, help companies who are interested in starting matching gift programs, and assist individuals who are looking to see if their company will match their donation.
If you have any questions on matching gifts to the Hurricane Relief, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 681-4438. It is our goal to help the victims of the devastating hurricane. This is not a short-term need. This will likely be the most expensive disaster recovery in our country’s history. If possible, please do your part to help those in need. Thank you!