Volunteers are the lifeblood of LWGMS; without them, it isn’t likely that we would be able to meet our goals and fulfill our mission. We are eternally grateful for the way volunteers enrich our community, and enhance the educational experience of our girls. But did you know that corporations are increasing the value of volunteers’ time with employee volunteer grant programs?
Thousands of companies offer monetary grants to eligible nonprofit organizations when employees volunteer their non-paid time, seemingly doubling the value of a volunteer’s time.
Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company provides a monetary donation to eligible nonprofits as a way to recognize employees who volunteer. They enable corporations to give back to their communities and support organizations that employees are already passionate about.
Although volunteer grants are a relatively new form of corporate giving, they’re already widely offered among Fortune 500 companies and are catching on at smaller firms. For instance, in our area alone:
- Microsoft provides $25 grants for every hour a Microsoft employee volunteers
- Adobe awards $250 for every ten hours volunteered
- Starbucks provides a $250 grant for every 25 hours of volunteering
- The RealNetworks Foundation provides grants of $15 for every hour volunteered by employees
- Intel provides $10 per hour volunteered
- Google provides grants of $50 for every five hours of volunteering
- Alaska Air provides a volunteer grant of $10 per hour to qualified organizations, after employees volunteer at least five hours with an organization.
In fact, hundreds of companies offer volunteer grant programs with donations generally ranging from $10-$25 per hour volunteered.
INTEL® MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating, and Inventing
On October 13, 2014 – the Day of the Girl – fifteen ambassadors from the Intel Girls and Women initiative volunteered with us and exposed the Class of 2017 to STEAM in action (and strong role modeling!) Thank you to Lizabeth Anderson, David Lin, Jane Mareth, Basu Nagarahalli, Carolyn Russell, Kirsten Spoljaric, Rex St John, Nadia Steere, Phillip Stephens, Allison Takeuchi, Kristan Weller P’15, Merrie Williamson, and Hope Yonemitsu – who not only wowed us with their awesomeness, but who are also directly responsible for a $2,000 volunteer grant LWGMS received from Intel. Both of these things – the volunteering and the grant – are no small things for our school, and we are very grateful.