Corporate Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift to:
Great Plains Food Bank
1720 3rd Ave. N
Fargo, ND 58102
We will do the rest. The effect of your gift to the Great Plains Food Bank may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
If your company does not currently match employee contributions, try speaking with your Human Resource department and let them know the issues you support. You can ask them if they would consider changing their matching gift policy.
If you would like to contact us with any questions or concerns about matching gifts, please send an email with your name and contact information to Donor Relations.
Employee Giving / Workplace Giving Campaigns
If you’re organizing a workplace giving campaign at your company, consider these strategies for success:
- 1. Set a goal with your employees. Establish a dollar goal. How much was raised last year? Try to increase this amount by 10 to 15 percent. You may also consider setting a participation rate—for instance, striving to have 60 percent of employees participating. You’ll find greater success if the employees are engaged in establishing these goals.
- 2. If your company matches employee gifts don’t forget to tell your team. If your company does not regularly match gifts, consider setting a one-time amount for a specific time period. For example, for every $1 given to the Great Plains Food Bank the company will match up to $25,000. Be sure to announce that employee gifts will be doubled, it usually boosts participation!
- 3. Establish a campaign committee with staff from each department represented. The staff should be non-management staff and have a wide appeal to peers. This takes the appearance of management pressure out of the process. Some companies also put a steering committee together of management staff to engage their participation as well. The non-management committee is a great leadership and training opportunity and can help put a tremendous amount of energy into your campaign. It also helps take the burden of communication and execution off of a short- handed Human Resources department.
- 4. Have employees who have participated give testimonials. It is better coming from someone considered a peer. We also recommend that the CEO give an endorsement.
- 5. Stress how easy it is to give via payroll deduction.
- 6. Establish rewards for participation rates such as a pizza parties, extra days off, or something of value to your employees.
If you have additional questions or want to hear more examples of how to make your campaign a success, please contact Donor Relations at 701-232-6219.