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Nonprofit Services -

Corporate Giving

Why do corporations give?

Corporations give for a variety of reasons: some may have a feeling of social responsibility, while others use philanthropy to improve relations with their employees, community, and unions. Therefore, to win the corporate game nonprofits need to prove their importance to and impact in the community, or show how it benefits the company and their employees. The best way to approach corporate funders is to relate your request to their corporate goals and show the results of your work will benefit their employees, environment, or corporate image.

 How are they giving?

Employee Matching Contributions: Corporations will match funds that are donated by an employee to a charity. This is a way for companies to donate only to those charities in which their employees are involved.

Corporate Grants: As discussed on the Foundation page, Corporations set up foundations to stabilize their funding stream so it is not based on their profits. From the foundation they donate to nonprofits in the form of grants.

Volunteer Time: Some corporations will allow their employees to volunteer their time during work hours or for a set amount of time for service projects. 

Marketing: The business uses the nonprofits name or project in its marketing campaign in exchange for a contribution. A good example is the Target/Visa program which donates money to local schools.

Product Development: Corporations work with nonprofits that contribute to a testing of one of their products.

Library Resources:

Directory of Missouri Grantmakers (5th ed.)
NP R658.1522 Directory
A listing of Foundations that give money in Missouri, and provides some information about the Foundation's size, interests, total giving, and more.

Foundation Directory Online Professional (In Library Use Only)
Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of over 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of nearly 3,600 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 1.3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 527,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.

The Foundation Directory
NPR 361.06025 Foundation
The Foundation Directory offers information on the nation's top 10,000 foundations by total giving. It also includes descriptions on over 51,000 selected grants.

Foundation Center's 990 Finder :
Displays contact information only.