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Corporate Philanthropy and Grantmaking
Control all of your grantmaking data and application processes in the same place as your other giving and volunteering programs.
Corporate philanthropy programs are employer-powered initiatives that provide support and resources to nonprofit organizations and causes to create a positive impact on communities and individuals in need. This support comes in many forms, including matching gifts, volunteer grants, corporate sponsorships, scholarships, in-kind gifts, and direct financial contributions. In addition to benefiting from positive public image, improved community relations, and brand loyalty, employers with corporate philanthropy programs also benefit from tax incentives and improved employee morale and retention.
Increased Employee Engagement
According to America’s Charities Snapshot Research, 70% of employees say it is imperative or very important to work for an employer where mission and values align. Today’s employees expect the companies they work for to support charitable causes and offer opportunities to get involved in nonprofit work.
Enhanced Reputation and Community Impact
90% of businesses surveyed by America’s Charities indicated that partnering with reputable nonprofits enhances their brands, while 89% believe partnering leverages their ability to improve the community.
Companies can receive tax benefits and incentives, such as deductions for charitable donations or credits for supporting certain community initiatives. In addition to helping reduce tax liability, these benefits can also help offset the costs of philanthropic efforts which can incentivize further community investment.
Why Partner With America's Charities?
For companies who offer matching gifts, employee volunteer grants and incentives, employee emergency assistance funds, and scholarship awards, having one technology platform and service provider to manage all of those programs, applications, and the corresponding data can significantly streamline the application and grant making processes, simplify reporting, and reduce the administrative costs associated with distributing corporate gifts to designated charities and award recipients. That is why more companies are looking to America’s Charities and our Engage CSR solution powered by SmartSimple Cloud.
Automate, Configure, and Scale Grant Requests
Whether it’s an employee assistance fund application, a matching gift request, scholarship, empowering employees to redeem incentives for volunteering, or reviewing a charitable organization’s grant application, America’s Charities Engage CSR solution can simplify the application and review process with dynamic workflows, automations, and screening based on the custom criteria for your unique program.
Reduce Overhead and Mitigate Risk
Outsourcing funds distribution and management of the sensitive application review and selection processes involved with programs like scholarship awards and employee assistance funds to America’s Charities can minimize your organization’s risk and legal ramifications, provide consistent and objective third party review, and ensure funds are being distributed and used in accordance with IRS guidelines and other applicable regulations and restrictions.
Capture Meaningful Insights from Analytics and Reporting
Monitor and report on the myriad grant requests, applications, and metrics that matter to your company’s business and social responsibility goals. We start you off with baseline reports and dashboards and build custom reports based on your specific business needs to give you better insights into the granular details associated with specific activities and initiatives, as well as a broader understanding of how all of your corporate philanthropy and grant making programs are performing at a high level.
Make Volunteering and Giving Rewarding While Aligning Employee Actions with Your Corporate Philanthropy Goals
Recognize employees’ efforts by rewarding their personal financial donations with corporate matching gifts, and recognize volunteer participation and time with Dollars for Doers volunteer grants and other incentives that support your nonprofit partners and the causes your employees are passionate about.
Create a Collaborative Working Environment with an Optimized User Experience and Personalized Dashboards
Roles and workflow-based automation, combined with configurable site design and platform-generated email communications and alerts, empower you to choose how your programs and application processes are configured, as well as tailor access and presentation of information to optimize the experience for applicants, grantees, and contributors.
Solutions And Partnership Highlights
Vetted Charity Listings
For your grant making and matching gift programs, you can use the same charity list that you use with your workplace giving or volunteer programs, or you can specify a separate list based on your program criteria and policies. While some of our clients use the same charity list across all programs, others prefer to limit the charity listing for some programs while offering broader charity choice for other initiatives. We will configure the platform according to your criteria. Regardless of which direction you go, America’s Charities offers comprehensive charity listings and screening options. For validation, products such as the IRS database, GuideStar Charity Check, OFAC, and Lexis Nexis are used for tax or external verifications in order to provide auditable evidence of charity due diligence. If required, our Engage solution can also integrate with various international tax authorities to verify charitable status: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), Australian Business Register, and The Charity Commission (GOV.UK) and others. You may approve which charities are eligible and ineligible for listing in the system, and we can accommodate charity write-in requests from your employees as well.
Administrative and Individual Activity Dashboards
Whether it’s an employee applying for assistance through your company’s emergency assistance fund, a volunteer redeeming a company incentive, a charity applying for your company’s grant, or your administrative team overseeing your various corporate philanthropy and employee engagement programs, America’s Charities can configure different dashboards to help the respective user track their personal impact or progress, manage application documents, and keep tabs on specific action items, key performance indicators, and progress through checklists, charts, and visualizations.
Extensive Reporting, Training, and Ongoing Support
In addition to receiving access to self-directed tools and resources for employee engagement best practices, your administrative team will receive custom user guides and training on all associated technology features, reporting functionality, and general applications and grantmaking capabilities to set your team up for success so you can get the most impact out of your corporate philanthropy program. After your program is up-and-running, we schedule subsequent check-in meetings to obtain feedback and to provide ongoing support to your team. For your strategic purposes and peace of mind we:
- Aggregate data across programs to capture the full impact of your various initiatives and report that data through dashboards, charts, and the ability for your team to use our reports with business intelligence tools like Tableau and PowerBI for even further analysis,
- Provide applicants and contributors support regarding questions about their applications and matching gift and grant requests,
- Ensure all charities receiving grants are qualified and in good standing with the IRS at the time of distribution and not on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list,
- Give charities access to reports and Help Desk support regarding the disbursements made from your company, and
- Provide partners with status updates and reports of donation disbursements.