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Smart Grant Seekers Take Advantage of Employee Directed Giving

Grant Guru is an occasional feature in which we answer questions from our readers about fundraising and the giving universe. It is part of our continuing effort to enhance our coverage. --------------- Dear Grant Guru: We have heard a lot about employee-involved giving? Is that something that is available to all organizations or only the largest ones. We are a small organization and would like to take advantage of this type of giving if possible. Grant Guru: Good question. This is a great opportunity for all grant seekers. Foundations have always looked kindly on getting their board members and staff involved in your nonprofit, but this practice has been taken to a new level in the corporate funding arena. Employees are no longer sitting on the sidelines, but are actively setting funding goals for foundations and corporations. Many funders are designating a certain percentage specifically for employees to direct. --------------- Please Make Sure We Have Your Correct E-mail & Mailing Information! --------------- A good place to start is the report, The New Corporate DNA—Where Employee Engagement and Social Impact Converge, (www.charities.org) draws six key takeaways from the trends seen in employee-driven philanthropy. Winter is a busy time for corporate giving, starting with #GivingTuesday and continuing into the final throes of corporate holiday campaigns. Traditionally, the fourth quarter is where employee giving began and ended, with company leaders losing focus on this effort the rest of the year. In 2013, only 24% of companies indicated they offered year-round giving, with 71% of large corporations conducting their giving program during a finite period of time, usually the fall. But the latest Snapshot shows that year-round giving is becoming the standard, with more than 60% of companies saying their giving program is open year-round. "The time-honored tradition of Fall campaigns is evolving into...

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