Donorbox update: Donation Designation and Language Selection

Quick update. We just launched two requested features that we hope you may find useful.

Donation Designation

Your donors now have the option designation their donation to fund a specific department or mission in your organization.

In the optional field section of the campaign editor check “Ask for donation designation”.  Afterwards, fill out a list of departments that your donors can choose to designate to.

Donation Designation

This will result in a designation dropdown list on your donation form.


Form Language

It’s great to see many great causes from around the world using Donorbox. By default, donation forms will load in the language that the donor’s browser is in. We noticed some of you are creating forms with suggested amounts that are written for a specific language speakers. Thus, we thought it would be beneficial to be able to hard-set the language the donation form should load in. This feature is also in the campaign editor.

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Currently, we support Español Français Deutsch Svenska Italiano and…English. If you have another language that you would like us to support please let us know.


Introduction to Corporate Giving

How does corporate matching work?

Nonprofits, by definition, depend on fundraising and donations for their revenue. One method of fundraising that is often overlooked is corporate giving.

Corporate giving occurs when for-profit companies donate money or resources to nonprofits and charities. Many corporations offer their employees a variety of giving programs in order to encourage them to be charitable.

The most commonly known form of corporate giving is corporate matching. Through matching gift programs, corporations will match their employees’ donations, usually at a 1:1 ratio (though some companies go as far as to match donations at a 4:1 ratio!). In other words, if an employee working at a company with a 1:1 matching gift program were to donate $100 to a nonprofit of their choice, their company would respond by donating another $100 to the same nonprofit. This way, employees can be sure to maximize their donations.

The majority of companies with gift matching programs match donations to any educational institution, or any organization with 501c3 status (that is, a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax). Certain companies, however, will only match donations made to specific types of organizations, be it educational institutions, cultural organizations, health services, civic organizations, or environmental organizations. In addition, corporations often set minimums and maximums to their matching amounts. Minimum matches tend to range from anywhere between $1 and $100, while maximum matches can be anywhere between $1,000 and $15,000, depending on the company.

Of course, gift matching requires a few steps to be done on behalf of the employees as well. They must submit the appropriate paperwork, whether this consists of manual paperwork due to the company’s HR department, or whether the company has a matching gift submission website allowing employees to submit their request electronically. In both cases, employees must include basic information about the nonprofit as well as about their donation (amount donated, currency, date, etc.).

As for the nonprofits, there are a few steps they can take as well in order to reap the full benefits of corporate matching. Firstly, they should encourage their donors to look into corporate matching and see if their companies offer any matching gift programs. Secondly, nonprofits should familiarize themselves with top corporate matching companies – a short list includes British Petroleum, General Electric, Gap, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft.


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