Volunteering FAQs

Updated: 1/16/2018

1) How does the program work?
2) How do I submit Intel Involved hours?
3) What is the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant?
4) Does it matter when I enter my hours?
5) What is a cause?
6) How do organizations (causes) become eligible for a matching grant?
7) When do the causes receive their checks?
8) Why does Intel wait until the following year to pay the matching grant?
9) Once I’ve reported my hours, is it okay for me to tell the cause where I volunteered to look for the check?
10) Can my volunteer hours for a 501(c)(3) that is NOT an eligible school or a public charity count as Intel Involved hours?
11) Can i volunteer for one cause and report the hours to a different cause?
12) Can I direct where the funds will be applied after the grant is paid to the cause?
13) Will the Intel involved Volunteering Matching Grant go to the local chapter of the eligible cause?
14) My cause has been asked to self-certify before they can be approved for the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Gran Program. What does that mean?
15) How can an Intel retiree post a volunteer opportunity on the volunteer portal?
16) Can a cause post a volunteer opportunity?
17) Who do i contact with questions about retirees participating in the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program?

 

1) How does the program work?

  • Volunteers give gifts of time and expertise to eligible schools and organizations (a cause) and report their hours here.
  • After the annual cut off each year, all hours to eligible causes are reviewed for a matching grant from the Intel Foundation.

2) How do I submit Intel Involved hours?

  • The Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant is a monetary award for volunteer hours completed at an eligible cause.  The grant provides $10 per reported volunteer hour with a maximum of $15,000 for schools, and $10,000 for eligible non-profits, per eligible cause, per year.

3) How do I submit Intel Involved hours?

  • To report your volunteer hours, go to the Intel Get Matched portal.  New users:  contact support@benevity.org to create an account and obtain the required log in information.  Indicate you are a U.S. retiree and provide your WWID to begin the process of creating an account. Benevity will verify your WWID, then will reply with a temporary password, the URL to log in and other instructions. For more information on reporting hours, see Tips for Reporting Volunteer Hours.

4) Does it matter when I enter my hours?

  • All hours need to be reported no later than January 15 of the following year.  Deadline to submit 2017 volunteer hours: January 15, 2018. Once the deadline passed, no other 2017 hours can be submitted.

5) What is a cause?

  • Cause is the universal term used in the portal to describe an eligible school or nonprofit organization.

6) How does a cause become eligible for a volunteer matching grant?

In order to be considered for the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program, a cause must be within guidelines:

  • Public/government funded schools (K-12 or equivalent) must be fully accredited and offer comprehensive programs; independent or private schools must be fully accredited, offer comprehensive programs and non-profit, i.e., non-profit 501 (c)(3).
  • Colleges and Universities must be degree-granting institutions.
  • Nursery, day care or pre-school program may be eligible for a matching grant if it is a 501(c)(3) public charity or its equivalent or is located at a public school and run by a school that is otherwise eligible for the matching grant program.
  • A U.S. cause must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity or its equivalent and must provide required documents, proof of status and self-certification.

Causes must be approved in the Intel Get Matched portal which includes a self-certification process (see question #14 for more information).  This is the same portal used for the Matching Gifts Program.  Employees can nominate their causes using the easy form under “Quick Links” inside the portal.  Additionally, causes can proactively search for themselves on the Benevity Causes Portal to initiate the process or contact the Charity Relations team at causes@benevity.org.

7) When do the causes receive their checks?

Matching Grants are disbursed in the spring and summer of the year following the volunteering.  Hours volunteered in 2017 will be paid out in 2018.  Note:  Due to privacy and security concerns, Intel does not include any volunteer information when issuing matching grant payments.

8) Why does Intel wait until the following year to pay the matching grant?

By waiting until all the hours are in the system, Intel is able to combine the hours of multiple volunteers to reach the 20 hour threshold per cause, resulting in more causes receiving matching grants.

9) Once I’ve reported my hours, is it okay for me to tell the cause where I volunteered to look for the check?

No.  Reported hours have to be reviewed and approved by the program manager and by the Intel Foundation before any funds can be disbursed.  No commitment of funds on behalf of Intel or the Intel Foundation should be made to any cause until the payout report has been published and made public.

10) Can my volunteer hours for a 501(c)(3) that is NOT an eligible school or a public charity count as Intel Involved hours?

The Intel Foundation can only disburse funds to eligible schools and 501(c)3 public charities or their equivalent.  Public organizations like fire departments, libraries, schools or parks are not eligible unless they have a “Friends of . . .” partner organization that supports them.  All causes must be approved in the Benevity portal in order to be eligible for a matching gift or matching grant payment.  Nominating a cause is as easy as filling out the form located on the portal under Quick LinksàNominate a Cause.

While waiting for your cause to be reviewed, or if your organization is not an eligible school, 501(c)3 public charity or equivalent, you can still report your hours.  Simply select “No cause attached” instead of searching for the cause.  Write in the name of the cause where you volunteer in the provided space.  Once your cause is approved, email support@benevity.org and ask to have your record updated.

11) Can I volunteer for one cause and report the hours to a different cause?

No. Volunteer hours cannot be transferred to a different cause. Grants will be awarded only to the cause where the volunteer service was performed or that benefited directly from the volunteer service.

12) Can I direct where the funds will be applied after the grant is paid to the cause?

No. You cannot direct how the cause uses the grant funds. Each school or non-profit determines how grants should be used. NOTE: Neither the matching grant nor the volunteer hours may be credited toward tuition or tithing or in any way represent a direct material benefit to the volunteers, members of their families, nor any designated individual.

13) Will the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant go to the local chapter of the eligible cause where I volunteered?

If your cause is part of a bigger organization (parent organization), it will only be listed if the parent has added it as a child project.  For example, if you search Red Cross in the Benevity portal, you will see all the child projects listed in this way:  Phoenix Region via AMERICAN RED CROSS.  The child project is listed first (Phoenix Region), the parent cause is listed after the word “via” (AMERICAN RED CROSS).  If your cause is not set up as a child project and does not have its own unique EIN number, you should ask the director of the cause to add it to the system.  It’s easy and only requires the official contact from the cause to log in to the Benevity Causes Portal and update their profile with their child projects details.  Questions?  Contact the Charity Relations team at causes@benevity.org.

14) My cause has been asked to self-certify before they can be approved for the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program.  What does that mean?

Self-certification is required before a cause can become eligible for the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program.  Self-certifying involves thirteen self-certification questions that cover the cause’s practices on anti-discrimination, secular use of funds, political affiliation, deployment of funds, etc.  An official contact from the cause must claim their charity and self-certify to be considered for Intel’s volunteer program. Note: this questionnaire cannot be completed by the volunteer. It is a binding certification that must be completed by an official of the cause.

15) How can an Intel retiree post a volunteer opportunity that meets the requirements?

It’s easy!  Just use the top navigation bar on the portal and select “Create a Volunteer Opportunity”.  Fill in the blanks on the form and click submit.  A Community Engagement manager will review the opportunity. If appropriate, they will approve and you will receive a notification with a link to it.  The opportunity will appear on the site and be available for employees and retirees alike.

16) Can a cause post volunteer opportunities?

In order to post a volunteer opportunity, a cause would need an access code from Intel.  Contact retiree.volunteers@intel.com for more information.

17) Who do I contact with questions about retirees participating in the Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program?

Email retiree.volunteers@intel.com with any questions.

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