CORPORATE GIVING

Corporate Giving

1.Matching Gifts are when an employee of a company donates a certain amount and, in turn, the company they work for would donate a defined amount (i.e. match the donation or 2:1 match) to the charity on the employees behalf

2.Volunteer Grants are the second most popular form of corporate giving. This is when an employee volunteers for a charity and the company either donates money in support of the volunteer’s time or donates a defined amount (i.e. $200 per volunteer) for their time. These corporations are very philanthropic and encourage volunteers or groups to engage in volunteer activity during work hours.

3.Employee Grant Stipends are a form of individual giving where the employee has a defined benefit and allotted amount of money to donate to their chosen charity and the company agrees to donate this personal contribution on behalf of the employee

4.Community Grants are typically a very defined corporate social responsibility criteria which focuses on what is the area of support for the company and typically involves an endorsement by an employee or employees and is within a certain catchment area (where the employees live).

Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteerism are a win/win situations for both the corporation and the charity. There are several tangible benefits including:

1.Increased Employee Engagement and Productivity. Up to 78 percent of employees want to engage with corporate social responsibility initiatives in one way or another.

2.Improved Brand Awareness and Reputation Improved Brand Awareness and Reputation

3.Attract Top Talent with a good reputation

4.Increased Sales

5.Tax Deductions.

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Linda Turchin has been volunteering with The Dorothy Ley Hospice since 2015, although she has been volunteering her whole life with organizations that reflect the patterns in her life: literacy (when she worked in publishing), riding for the disabled (when she worked toward her equine certificate) and now hospice (after her elderly parents passed away).

Through personal experiences, Linda has learned about the importance of the dying process and recognizes it as a very special time of life. She wants to help people through this important and personal process, and by doing so, honour the person and their life.

After her parents passed away, and she was able to grieve them, she reached out to The Dorothy Ley Hospice to begin the process of volunteering. She chose the Hospice because it was such a tangible environment of caring and medical talents. Linda’s mother was an R.N. and, ultimately, she feels this guided her to the hospice doors. Linda works part time at a local financial institution. As an endorsement and to support her volunteering, the bank donates $500 per annum in recognition of her time and efforts. This year, during COVID, her manager recommended that, on behalf of the Etobicoke community, they donate an extra “community” grant in recognition of Linda’s volunteering. To date, Linda has raised $4500 — and looks forward to doing more in the years to come.

Linda speaks about the privilege and inspiration of working with the dedicated staff at The Dorothy Ley Hospice – from medical to administrative and everyone in between – as they consistently provide the services that fulfill the mission of The Dorothy Ley Hospice. She feels that the compassionate nature of the staff and volunteers brings an intimate understanding to the end-of-life process, and is importantly different from the “hospital” experience.

Linda also speaks very highly of the Loss and Bereavement programs offered by The Dorothy Ley Hospice. She feels that they provide not only hope for the grieving, but are a natural extension of the care and dignity that individuals and their family members receive during their end-of-life experience.

Linda continues to volunteer at this precarious time in our history because she feels fortunate to be able to witness, support and sponsor the respectful dedication shown by the Hospice to those who are approaching their end-of-life passage.

If you or someone you know could help The Dorothy Ley Hospice with a corporate match/donation program where you work, please reach out to Julie Brown at jbrown@dlhospice.org.