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

by Robyn Raphael, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 4, 2019

It’s October again, which means kids across the country will be gearing up for another exciting Halloween. But did you know that October is also 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 way 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 – it could make the difference in helping fund vital clinical trials investigating childhood cancers.

Since 2016 Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company has raised nearly $1 million for lifesaving childhood cancer research. Each year they host their annual, company-wide, head-shaving event to #DFYchildhoodCancers in support of St. Baldrick’s.

Matching Gifts

A growing number of organizations are offering to match the charitable donations made by their employees, effectively doubling their total contribution. That said, some employers may take things a step further by matching gifts at a higher ratio, like 2:1, 3:1, even 4:1 – in essence, it’s possible that for every dollar you contribute, your employer may double, triple, even quadruple your gift!

Please keep in mind that every organization has its own gift-matching policy, so consider asking your human resources representative for more information about how this is handled at 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 pay check 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 employees  to participate in automated monthly donations. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Dollars for Doers

The Dollars for Doers program – sometimes called a “Volunteer Grant,” “Dollar for Hour” grant, or “Grants for Time” – are programs corporations use to encourage volunteering among their employees.

Essentially, the company provides grants to non-profits or charities based on their employees’ time spent volunteering at those organizations. Ask your HR representative for more information about these unique 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.

Looking for a great way to engage employees or colleagues? Host a company-wide head-shaving event! Everyone can participate, even if you don’t shave your head. Put the “fun” in fundraising as a company team, it’s a truly rewarding experience.

If head-shaving is not your thing, then be empowered to Do What You Want. There are so many ways to have fun and raise vital research funds for kids. Host office Olympics, karaoke lunchtime, walk/run, bake sale, dress down days or sports activity, the sky is the limit! You really can Do What You Want to make a difference.

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