Some companies offer their employees the benefit of making an in-kind donation to a non-profit organization of their choice. Rather than giving a cash gift to the organization, employees may select products at employee prices to give. This is a great opportunity for schools, as employee prices are typically one-third of the retail price! For a $300 gift, you can get a laptop computer! As we provide laptop computers to students on financial aid, a recent parent gift just saved our financial aid budget $7,000!
Note that you must publicize the option tactfully, as companies want the employees to dictate all aspects of the gift. Program information is typically not available on public company web sites.