This post is aimed at my Dell colleagues in the US.
If you’re like me, you dread the weeks shortly after Back To School. Sure, the kids are now settled into their daily routines, evening homework, Fall sports and Scouting, but with the start of the new school year comes the start of Fall Fundraising by each and every organization you’re fortunate enough to be a part of or even nearby. Each organization worthy in its own right, and as active participants, you bet we’re going to donate.
But did you know you can double your money? Yep! For every dollar you donate to a familiar charity, Dell will match that donation dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000/year per employee. This is an amazing benefit, which I had long put on my Tell Dell survey wishlist, and starting about 7 years ago (maybe more?) it became reality.
Now, there’s one little catch – you can’t simply hand over a check to your familiar charity and let them get it doubled. You must send your donation through the Dell internal web site (internal home page, You and Dell, Employee Giving), pay via credit card or payroll deduction (or if you’re particularly generous, stock donation), and in a few weeks Dell sends a check for 2x your amount to the charity. Relatively painless, and a fantastic benefit. You can give to a bunch of charities, or a few; a little (minimum $25), or a lot (up to $10k matched) any time during the year. The $10k match resets on January 1.
In addition, Dell wants to encourage employees to volunteer their time, as well as give their money, to charitable causes. Are you a Scout leader? A coach? A board member? Maybe you help out at the library or at church. However you volunteer is up to you. In recognition of your volunteer hours, Dell will give $150 each quarter (yep, that’s $600/year) to charities you designate (they don’t even have to be the same organizations you volunteer for if you want), as long as you log 10 or more hours of volunteer time in the quarter. So go to the tool (inside home page, You and Dell, Make a Difference), set up your charities, and log your hours. Then it’s free money for the charities you choose.
So, don’t let that Free Money pass you by. You know the charities need it, and it’s a simple benefit on top of the activities you’re up to your neck in already. Take a few minutes to double your contributions, and send that $600 to folks who really need it.