Fundraising Tips

Employee Giving: How You and Your Employer Can Help Kids with Cancer

by Robyn Raphael, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 1, 2020

Did you know that October is the month when many organizations help their employees with charitable donations?

That’s right – within many company cultures, October is known as “Employee Giving Month.” It’s a great time to generate more revenue for your favorite charity – like the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!

This October ask your employer for more information about some of the following popular fundraising options – and you’ll all be helping fund lifesaving childhood cancer research.

Workplace Giving Infographic

Matching Gifts

A growing number of organizations offer to match the charitable donations made by their employees, effectively doubling their total contribution. Some employers may take things a step further by matching gifts at a higher ratio, like 2:1, 3:1, even 4:1.

Every organization has its own gift-matching policy, so consider asking your human resources representative for more information about your company. You can also use our matching gifts tool to see what’s available at your organization.

Automatic Payroll Deductions

Setting up an automatic payroll deduction may be the easiest and most efficient way to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It means your employer will take a set amount of your paycheck and send it to your charity of choice.

Many organizations have a program like this in place, but if yours doesn’t, don’t worry – St. Baldrick’s offers a monthly giving option allowing any donor to participate in automated monthly donations. Feel free to click here for more information.

Dollars for Doers

Many corporations use “Dollars for Doers programs” – sometimes called a Volunteer Grant, Dollar for Hour grant, or Grants for Time – to encourage volunteering among their employees. The company provides grants to non-profits based on their employees’ time spent volunteering at those organizations. Ask your HR representative for more information about these awesome programs.

Annual Giving Programs

While there’s no wrong time of the year to donate to your favorite charity, some organizations focus their fundraising efforts on a special time of year. Here in the United States, that often means the end-of-year holiday season, with many employers offering special incentives to employees who donate during the month of December. Your organization may also ask their employees to help them choose a charity to support – if that’s the case, be sure to nominate St. Baldrick’s!

Fundraising at Work

Does your company already host a charitable activity? Nominate St. Baldrick’s as the beneficiary.

If you’re looking for a great way to engage employees or colleagues, host a company-wide virtual head-shaving event! Everyone can participate, even those who don’t shave. Or join an existing event as a company team, to put the “fun” in fundraising. It’s a truly rewarding experience.

If head-shaving is not your thing, then Do What You Want. Get creative with your colleagues and host a virtual fundraiser like, walk/run,  bike-a-thon, online auction, or streaming talent show. The sky is the limit! You really can Do What You Want to make a difference.

For more information about how you or your corporation can get involved with St. Baldrick’s, email us at or visit:

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