Many companies use employee-directed giving programs (EDG), which allows the employee to give a specified amount of money to a local charity.
"Started as a pilot in 2012, the EDG program allows each of Cummings Properties 370 employees to direct a donation of $1,000 to an area non-profit of their choosing. The only requirements are that the recipient organization has 501c3 status, performs a direct service, and is local—not a regional chapter of a national non-profit. In the EDG program and the company overall, there’s a strong focus on supporting grassroots organizations in the greater Boston area—where the company operates and employees reside. To date, the EDG program has injected $1,068,000 to area non-profits.
"Increasingly, corporations are recognizing the value in engaging employees in charitable activities—and making it possible for the individual employees to give based on their personal passions. Giving in Numbers, a report released by the CECP, a coalition of CEOs focused on societal engagement, in association with the Conference Board, found that, in 2014, 88% of companies offer at least one matching gift program for employees."--Suzanne Guillette, Quartz