How To: Take Advantage of Workplace Giving

Does your company have a Workplace Giving program? If so, submit your hours, dues, and donations to be matched. It's an easy way to double your impact!
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July 05, 2017
How To: Take Advantage of Workplace Giving

We love Workplace Giving programs as an extra way to support The Mountaineers. They give you an easy way to double the impact of your volunteer time, membership dues, and charitable donations with an employer match!

What are Workplace Giving Programs?

Workplace Giving is when your employer matches donations you give to a community nonprofit, whether that's matching your donations or membership dues or paying the organization an hourly stipend for the hours your volunteer. This give employers the opportunity to invest in the community and rewards employees for actively giving to and participating with nonprofits.

Every company's program is a little different in how they provide matching support. Some match 1:1 on any financial donations made to a nonprofit, others donate $10-$20 per hour for every hour one of their employee volunteers, and others provide in-kind product or services to the nonprofit. While there are many variations, the one thing that companies who engage in Workplace Giving Programs have in common is  their desire to give back to nonprofits in the community.

How does it make a difference?

Last year, we profiled long-time volunteer John Wick for our magazine about why he participates in Boeing's Workplace Giving program.

“I see time as an investment. Just like dollars. I carefully choose how I can contribute in ways that will have value greater than the act. It gives me personal satisfaction. And it’s my way of keeping The Mountaineers going. I take pride in what we’ve created — physical and organizational — and leave people to take it forward as they will.”

The Mountaineers have benefited hugely from workplace giving, helping  us deepen the impact of our mission on the outdoor community by putting dollars directly toward our programs. It helps us support our volunteers, host more events, steward a future of safe and responsible outdoor recreation, and work to improve our courses and activities to take you further. And it's so easy to participate! 

What's Eligible IN A Workplace Giving Program?

Depending on your company's Workplace Giving program, your employer may match:

  • Your tax-deductible annual membership dues (course and activity fees and tickets to events are not eligible only dues)
  • Individual donations made on our website, through automatic payroll deductions, or at any of our fundraising events like our annual evening gala or breakfast
  • Number of hours volunteered leading courses and activities

Which companies participate?

From large companies to small businesses, here are just some of the companies that have provided additional philanthropic support through matching donations and hours from The Mountaineers community:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Boeing
  • CDK Global
  • Expedia
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Nordstrom
  • Russell Investments
  • Salesforce
  • Starbucks
  • Symetra
  • Tableau
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • White Pages

HOw do I participate?

To receive support from Workplace Giving programs, your first stop is your Human Resources department. They can tell you how to participate, and many companies also have information on internal websites.

For additional support, please email our Development Office who can help get you on your way.  For even more information about Workplace Giving, including our Tax-ID number, please visit our Workplace Giving page.

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