Workplace Giving: Help Dogs and Cats While You’re on the Job

Every year, people just like you raise more than $5 billion through workplace giving programs*. Whether you care for patients in a hospital, serve coffee to hungry patrons, fix up broken cars, or punch in data at a desk, you have an opportunity to raise money while you work. 

Let us explain. 

How Do Workplace Giving Programs Work?

Every company sets up workplace giving programs differently. While the specifics vary, the basic details remain the same. 

Employees agree to donate a bit of each paycheck to a charity like Willamette Humane Society. The donations come out via payroll deduction, so there are no checks to write or card numbers to update. And the charity has a reliable source of income for the future. 

Some organizations have donation-match programs. Employees agree to donate, and the company matches their generosity. This is a wonderful way to create a culture of giving at a company. 

Who Participates in this Program?

Workplace giving programs aren’t new. Some companies are still running programs they set up decades ago. But every month, new organizations come up with innovative ways to support the causes they love. 

This is a partial list of organizations that have offered WHS workplace giving donations in the past or offer them now:

  • Allstate 
  • American Express
  • AT&T 
  • Benevity – Cambia/UnitedHealth/Microsoft
  • Best Buy 
  • Carla Kurrasch
  • Cary and Diane Schneider
  • CDK Global
  • Charter School Capital, Inc.
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Deacon 
  • Epic Aviation, LLC
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • Home Depot 
  • HPI 
  • Indeed 
  • Intel 
  • JCPenney
  • JLL Community Connections
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest
  • Liberty Mutual 
  • Macy’s 
  • Microsoft 
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nordstrom 
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Parametric 
  • PepsiCo 
  • Portland General Electric 
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • State Farm Insurance
  • T-Mobile
  • Wells Fargo 

State and federal employees can participate too via the Combined Federal Campaign or Local Independent Charities of America. (The WHS number is #20007.)

How You Can Get Involved 

Schedule a visit with your Human Resources Department. Ask about your company’s workplace giving programs. And if your organization doesn’t offer one, advocate! You could be a force for change for your fellow employees.