Corporate Giving Programs

A corporate giving program is a grantmaking program established and administered within a profit-making company. Gifts or grants go directly to charitable organizations from the corporation. Corporate giving programs do not have a separate endowment; their expense is planned as part of the company’s annual budgeting process and usually is funded with pre-tax income.

Our Corporate Giving Program members include some of Wisconsin's largest companies:

Cardinal Capital Management, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, Johnson Bank Wealth Management, Kohl's Corporation, Marking Services, MillerCoors, National Guardian Life Insurance Co., National Investment Services, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Quarles & Brady LLP, Rockwell Automation, TASC, The Northern Trust Company, UW Health, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., WPS Health Solutions

Did you know?  WPN's members with a corporate giving program constitute 15% of total membership.

Select Resources

Guide to Creating A Successful Matching Gift Program 
Council of Michigan Foundations
Concrete advice on eight critical issues related to the design, implementation and operation of a corporate matching gift program. Sample forms and case studies included.

Stewardship Principles for Corporate Grantmakers 
Council on Foundations
These Stewardship Principles and Practice Options to Strengthen Performance describe how corporate grantmakers can reflect these fundamental values in their governance, management and grantmaking.

The State of Corporate Citizenship  (Free, Login Required)
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and The Hitachi Foundation
Corporations are not always living up to their stated beliefs in corporate citizenship, reports this biennial survey of senior executives from 751 small, medium, and large U.S. companies.

National Organizations

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is the only international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons pursuing a mission focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy.

Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) is the nation's leading independent organization providing services and support for corporate contributions, community relations, and employee volunteer managers.

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship was founded in 1985, and is a membership-based research organization associated with the Carroll School of Management. As a leading resource on corporate citizenship, they work with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize their corporate citizenship.

For additional resources and free research assistance, contact WPN about becoming a member!
 “Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity—the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” - Bill Gates