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Workplace Campaigns and Corporate Support
Many corporations and businesses see it as part of their responsibility to their employees and the communities in which they do business to give back in some way.  Matching gift programs, annual workplace campaigns, and direct support through employee volunteerism, grants, and sponsorships are the most common types of corporate support. 

OAR is actively seeking corporate support for its research pilot studies, the RUN FOR AUTISM program and its major programs: the Life Journey through Autism series of resource guides, the "Autism in the Schoolhouse" initiative, Operation Autism and the military families initiative, and more .  Employees often determine which charity or charities receive corporate support.  Support in this context may include:

  • Encouraging volunteer activities
  • Financial support through grants or sponsorships
  • Forming a corporate team within an event
  • Donating product or merchandise to an event or program activity
  • Conducting a dedicated in-house campaign for a specific cause

Please check with your Human Resources or Corporate giving department to find out ways to get your company involved in support of autism research and OAR.

Matching Gift Programs

Many corporations offer matching gift programs as a way to encourage charitable giving among their employees and support employees’ charitable interests.  The process is simple — complete your company’s matching gift form and forward it to OAR.  OAR will certify the amount and date of your donation to be matched.  If your company has a matching gifts program, it’s a great way to multiply the value of your donation!

Workplace Giving

In the same spirit of giving back, companies of all sizes and most levels of government conduct annual charitable campaigns for their employees.  Some are inclusive; others may be limited to a select list of charities generally chosen by employee committees or surveys.  The most common annual campaigns are:

  • United Way – The United Way is actually a series of hundreds of locally managed campaigns that collect donations from employees in participating, private sector companies.  Some are more inclusive than others, but almost all have a “Donor Choice” option if you want to give to a specific charity like OAR and don’t see it listed.  You may have to talk to the campaign coordinator to get the require forms and details, but you do have a right to exercise your choice.
  • Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – The CFC is the annual charitable campaign for federal employees and military personnel.  OAR is an eligible organization that is listed as Autism Intervention and Treatment Research – Organization for Autism Research.  For more information, view our CFC page.
  • Independent Private Sector Campaigns – An increasing number of companies conduct their own workplace campaigns.  This gives them greater flexibility in conducting the campaign and in targeting their charitable interests.  If your company falls conducts its own campaign, it may not have a “Donor Choice” option.  In that event, you will have to generate interest within the company to have OAR/autism research included as a designated beneficiary/interest area.
  • State, Municipal, and local government campaigns – Most levels of government have campaigns comparable to the CFC at the corresponding levels for their employees.  OAR is a registered, eligible charity in:
    • California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
    Other states have varying eligibility requirements.  If you would like to contribute in a state not listed above, check with the campaign coordinator to see if you have a “Donor Choice” option.