I used to work for a large company that “encouraged” its employees to have a small donation removed from every paycheck to go to United Way (“UW”) When I say “encouraged,” what I really mean is intimidated, bullied, bribed, etc. (e.g. Casual Fridays for the office if you participate! But, everyone in the office has to participate. And, if you don’t participate, everyone else will know!)
Anyhow, my wife is now working for another large company that is doing something similar. I’d like to think that this is just a company trying to encourage charity. But, I tend to be a bit cynical, so I’m inclined to believe there is some type of ulterior motive.
I don’t see how the company would get any tax benefit out of this. So, does UW offer some other type of incentive? Maybe, giving them public recognition (i.e. good PR) for getting enough people to donate?