One of the easiest, most effective ways you can support Feeding America is through workplace giving. Workplace giving — which often takes form in payroll contributions — enables Feeding America to assist the 41 million people who struggle with hunger in the U.S.
Options for Individual Giving From Your Paycheck
Private employers, federal, state and local governments all offer payroll deduction opportunities.
Payroll deduction is an employer-sponsored program that empowers you to support Feeding America’s mission with a tax-deductible donation given directly from your paycheck. Payroll deduction is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to support Feeding America, but there are many options available. Work with your Human Resources Department to find out if your company participates in any of the following programs to get started.
Combined Federal Campaign
Federal employees (civilian, military and postal workers) can donate to Feeding America through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is a workplace giving campaign specifically targeting federal workers. To designate your contribution to Feeding America, use CFC ID # 11627.
You can donate to Feeding America when you make your CFC pledge this fall. Check with your Human Resources department for details on when to pledge. Campaigns run between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 each year.
If your workplace participates in the United Way campaign, you can designate your pledge to Feeding America through United Way’s Donor Choice Program. Simply follow the instructions on your pledge form or write in Feeding America’s contact information: Feeding America, 35 E Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601.
Feeding America is a member of America’s Charities, and if your employer participates in America’s Charities campaigns, you may designate your contribution to Feeding America.
To maximize your efforts, Feeding America suggests that you also consider a “virtual” food drive to help support your local food bank.
Dollars for Doers — A Match for Your Volunteer Hours
Dollars for Doers programs are when companies make contributions to nonprofits where employees volunteer. Your company may make a gift for the time you give volunteering with Feeding America food banks through a volunteer grants program.
Many companies match employees’, retirees’ and employees’ spouses’ donations. With a matching gift, your donation to Feeding America may be doubled or tripled in value, thereby maximizing the impact you can have. Check with your HR department to see if your contribution to Feeding America can go even further with a matching gift.
You may email or mail your matching gift form to PhilOps@feedingamerica.org or mail it to Feeding America, 35 E Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601.
Options for Companies Creating a Workplace Giving Campaign
Seventy percent of employees feel a greater sense of loyalty to a company that helps them contribute to important issues. Feeding America will work with your company to create an employee giving campaign to fit your organization’s needs and build in incentives to drive employee engagement. Through an employee giving campaign, you will give your employees the opportunity to invest in a meaningful, measurable impact. We will work with you to develop a campaign to include the following features:
- Integration with your company’s Employee Engagement program
- Branding to fit your company’s unique culture, focusing on your employees’ charitable and volunteer interests
- Opportunities to engage employees in team building
- Linking employee gifts directly to their local community
- Promoting loyalty between your company and your employees
Feeding America offers the following ways to set up your campaign:
- Standard payroll deduction program
- A customized online donation page that links the power of both brands
- Branded peer-to-peer fundraising tool to promote competition and fun while raising funds to support Feeding America’s work
- Tools To Make Your Campaign A Success:
- A toolkit with resources and best practices for creating your workplace giving campaign
- Printed promotional assets to promote the campaign or templates for customized assets
- Sample email messages, social media posts to encourage employee participation