Events and Fundraisers

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

by Robyn Raphael, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 18, 2018

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.

Group photo of Wireless Vision employees

Wireless Vision employees know it takes vision to conquer childhood cancers. Through their company-wide campaign, six Wireless Vision locations hosted St. Baldrick’s signature head-shaving events and raised over $43,000!

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 offering!

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 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 giving employees the ability 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!

Head Shaving!

Here at St. Baldrick’s, one of the most popular ways to generate revenue for kids’ cancer research is to host a head-shaving event. Our signature head-shaving events are in a league of their own and an awesome way to build your team’s morale. With more than 10,000 events under our belt, we can help you put on a well-executed, meaningful fundraiser that everyone will be talking about for years to come.

If you’re interested in hosting a head-shaving event – or you have another idea for a fundraiser – feel free to reach out to us for help. We have the know-how to assist you in planning your next big fundraising event.

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


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