How Does Giving at Work… Work?

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August 24, 2017 By: JT Pinther Category: SHH News

While many employers focus their workplace giving on one cause or charitable organization, Cargill, a global agriculture, food and nutrition company, has elected to give its employees the opportunity to make their own decisions about where their gifts go. The company then provides a 50 percent match for those employee contributions. This complements the company’s corporate giving focused on nourishing the world, protecting the planet and enriching communities.

Of all the important causes from which to choose, many Cargill employees choose to help end hunger by giving to Second Harvest Heartland. “Our employees are attuned to the fact there is still a hunger issue in our community,” said Michelle Grogg, the Global Lead of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development and Executive Director of The Cargill Foundation.

The impact has been substantial—in the past year, Cargill employees and their families have given more than $85,000 toward ending hunger in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Because of Second Harvest Heartland’s partnerships with growers and food manufacturers, these gifts help us distribute more than 255,000 much-needed meals. This is in addition to the nearly 890,000 meals already provided through Cargill’s corporate contributions to Second Harvest Heartland.

Many Cargill employees not only give their dollars to Second Harvest Heartland, but also give their time. In May, one group of Cargill employees volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland and independently raised $7,000, which was applied to a special match campaign.

“Working with Second Harvest Heartland is a natural fit for our company,” Michelle said. “Cargill is focused on ensuring food security locally and around the globe.”

Cargill has been a loyal partner in advancing Second Harvest Heartland’s mission through years of product donations, industry expertise and crucial financial support through the Cargill Foundation.

If someone hasn’t charitably given through their workplace before, it may feel like a confusing process—how does one get started? How does one know if their employer has a matching gift program?

Michelle says it’s easier than it sounds. “Workplace giving has evolved a lot over the years,” she said. Many corporations have moved from a paper-based giving process to an online platform. At Cargill, they use a system where employees can see how much of a difference they’ve made just by clicking a button. “Once they make a gift, they can see their contributions over the year and how they’ve been matched [by their employer],” Michelle said.

Michelle said she thinks Cargill employees have an important understanding about the impact of hunger: “Kids can’t learn in school if they are hungry. Having access to safe, nutritious food is a basic human right. Second Harvest Heartland provides that important bridge to make sure that children and families are ready to learn, work and contribute in our community.”


Thank you to Cargill for your workplace giving support! Find out if your employer already has a matching gift program available and learn about another great way to get your company involved in ending hunger.


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