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Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to double your donation!

Of all the types of donations you can make to our school, Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grant programs are the easiest way to give to SWA!  Each of these employee benefits have the potential to significantly increase your original donation!  We have the necessary tools and resources to find out if you are eligible to receive these benefits from your employer.

We can’t do this alone – we need you to take the time to find out if your employer offers these well-hidden benefits that will at least double your donation to SWA!

To find out if the company you work for offers these benefits to their full-time employees, please contact Mike Heavey, Director of Development, at 919-696-4417, and tell him the name of your employer.  He will input your employer’s name in our web-based search engine to find out if they offer Matching Gifts and/or Volunteer Grant benefits to their employees, and the amounts of their matching donation you are eligible to receive.  If your employer offers this benefit that you are entitled to, then you have the option to direct their part of the donation to SWA!

We are here to help you take advantage of these fantastic benefits that will have an immediate and direct impact on SWA!  Think of this type of employee benefit as FREE MONEY, and how much this will help our school offer the best education to our students.

Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants are offered to millions of employees in the US, but are rarely taken advantage of due to the lack of communication and information that is made available by most companies.  To enlighten our constituents about these well-hidden giving benefits, please read the following definitions of Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants that apply to our school’s development program, and read the following Questions and Answers to have a better understanding of how they relate to our families and stakeholders.

Matching Gifts: is an employer benefit that matches their employee’s donation to qualified nonprofit organizations.  Most employers agree to match their employee’s donation dollar-for-dollar, up to a specified sum.  In most cases, this benefit will at least double the amount of your original donation.

For instance, if you worked for Verizon, their matching gifts benefit offers their employees one dollar for each dollar donated up to $5,000.   If your plans are to donate $500 to SWA, and wanted to exercise this benefit with Verizon, they will agree to match your donation of $500 to SWA.  Verizon will require proof that SWA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and they will provide a form for you to fill out to authorize them to pay their donation to SWA.  Also, the Verizon employee will receive a Donor Receipt acknowledging their $250 donation from the Office of Development to claim their donation as a tax deduction to the IRS.

Volunteer Grants: also, known as, “dollars for doers” program, is a corporate giving program created to encourage volunteerism in communities where employees live and work.   There are two ways to receive this grant from your employer:

  1. Employer pays a set monetary donation for every hour an employee volunteers.
  2. A set grant amount once employees reach a certain threshold, usually 10 hours.

If your employer offers these benefits, please contact Mike Heavey, Director of Development, to take advantage of this great opportunity to further support SWA.  We will help you secure the benefits you are eligible for, and process any paperwork required by your employer.

Questions and Answers: Understanding Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants

What kind of companies offer Matching Gifts and/or Volunteer Grant programs?

All kinds of companies in the US, including corporations, small businesses, public or private firms, franchise operations, and even nonprofits offer these giving benefits to their employees.

Why doesn’t every employee take advantage of their employer’s Matching Gifts and/or Volunteer Grant benefits?

Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants are free money that nonprofits often miss out on because of limited information available from employer’s complex company giving programs.  Take the time to ask your employer if they offer these programs, so that you can take advantage of your employee benefits. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the employee to exercise their employer’s benefits.

Why do employers offer these benefits to their employees?

Many companies publish a Corporate Citizenship policy that states their social, cultural and environmental responsibilities to the community in which it seeks a license to operate, as well encouraging volunteerism in the communities their employees live and work.  This is a well-hidden benefit from most employees, and that is why we encourage everyone to take the time to find this information for themselves.

Who should I contact to find out more information at the company I work for?

Most companies that employ more than 50 full-time employees, have a Human Resources department to manage their employees benefits and payroll.  Their local or national HR department should offer helpful information and provide access to any paperwork or documents to process your giving benefits you are entitled to receive.  Also, it is recommended to see your employer’s website to determine their giving programs and policies.

Will SWA be eligible to receive donations from my employer’s Matching Gifts and/or

Volunteer Grant programs?

Yes!  SWA is designated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization by the IRS.  Our school should be eligible for most employer’s matching gifts and volunteer grant programs.  It is very common for public and private companies to support education, and this includes publicly funded charter schools.

Do companies offer both Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grant benefits to their employees?

Yes!  Thousands of companies offer both giving benefits, and their employees use both benefits to increase the amounts they donate to their favorite charities and nonprofits.  If you can take advantage of your employer benefits, it will be the greatest way to increase your contribution to SWA, without costing you a dime.  Remember, it is up to you to ask your employer if they offer these benefits!

Please contact Mike Heavey, Director of Development, to learn the details of your employer’s Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants program.  Many companies that employ SWA families and stakeholders, offer these great benefits to their employees. 

The Office of Development has invested in a web-based software service that is created to report the details of a company’s giving benefits.  The only requirement is to input your employer’s company name in their robust search engine to determine if they offer their employees these benefits.  If the company offers these benefits, a report will generate the details of their giving benefits, including the minimum and maximum amount the employer will donate to their employee’s designated nonprofit.  It’s that easy!   

We will help you process any forms required by your employer, to ensure you have the needed information to authorize and transfer their matching donations to SWA! 

Please don’t let this opportunity to support SWA slip away.  Think of it as FREE MONEY, and how much it will make a positive difference to our students and their teachers!   

There are many companies located in the Triangle Area that offer these benefits to our SWA families.  Regardless, of seeing your employer on the following list, please contact Mike Heavey, Director of Development, at 919-696-4417, to help you determine if you are eligible to receive the Matching Gifts or Volunteer Grant benefits from your employer.  Please take advantage of this offer that will make a huge difference to funding our school priorities!

Employer Name

Allstate Insurance Co.
Bayer Corp
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Biologics, Inc.
Central Carolina Hospital
Cisco Systems
Coastal Federal Credit Union Pitney Bowes
Dick’s Sporting Goods Quintiles
Duke Progress Energy Red Hat
First Citizens Bank Remax United
Fonville Morisey Realty Research in Motion
Food Lion Rex Healthcare
Fuji Fillm Rite Aid
General Electric SAS
Global Knowledge Sterling Transport
Highwoods Properties Strategic Connections
Hill Rom Thermo-Fisher Scientific
Home Depot Time Warner Cable
IBM Travelers
John Deere TSI
KBI Biopharma, Inc. UNC Healthcare Systems
Lenovo Union Bank
Liberty Home Health Care UPS
Lowes Verizon
Lowes Home Improvement Wake Med Hospital
Met Life Walmart
Montec, Inc. Wendy’s Corporation
Nationwide Insurance Westmoreland Homes
Novo Nordisk

Let us prove how easy it is to take advantage of your employee benefits.  You did all the hard work – we can take it from here!

The Office of Development subscribes to a web-based software service that identifies the Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants programs for thousands of companies throughout the United States.  The ability to capture this information is tremendous for our fund development program at SWA.  It will give us the opportunity to provide our school-wide community with this opportunity, that will double or even triple your donations to SWA.

Our reliance on this software service we subscribe to is critical, and we realize that our families and stakeholders will depend on the information we provide to them is current and accurate, as they will share this information with their employers.  Fortunately, our software service provider is a leader in providing database information to nonprofits, and their customer list includes many schools and prestigious nonprofits.  This software service is truly one of the greatest tools to offer our donor community, as it has the potential to double their donations without any additional contributions or expense!

Everything depends on your commitment to find out if you are eligible to accept these benefits from your employer.  It is too valuable of a benefit to ignore! 

Please contact Mike Heavey, Director of Development, to see if your employer offers these giving benefits that will make a significant difference to SWA.  Our objective is to help you take advantage of your giving benefits! 

Support SWA through Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants! 

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