Matching Gifts

What is a matching donation?

Most companies have a policy where they match donations made by their employees to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.  Companies match different amounts from $.50 to $3.00 per dollar contributed by the employee.  Also, the company may not match, but will allow a payroll deduction and forward the funds directly to the charitable organization.

How does the matching gift program benefit the employer?

Matching donations made by the company are tax deductible for them and also create a positive image for the company in the community.

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?

Typically, the Human Resources Department publicizes the fact that the company matches donations to not-for-profit organizations. The employee handbook may include a section on matching gifts or there may be posters in the employee lunchroom.  Ask your supervisor!

How do I apply for matching donations from my company?

Each company has a different process so you would need to check with your Human Resources/Benefits Department. Some companies require hardcopy paperwork requesting a match and some use online applications.  

I don’t work, but my spouse is employed. Can his company match my gift? 

Have your spouse check with his Human Resources/Benefits Department.  If your gift to the Foundation is drawn from a joint account, his employer’s matching gift program may apply.  

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