Employer Matching Programs – Make Your Donation Go Further.
Matching Gift Basics
What is a matching gift?
A matching gift is a charitable donation by a corporation that matches an employee’s donation to an eligible nonprofit organization, most often dollar for dollar. Thousands of companies across the United States (and some companies internationally) offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of a corporate giving philanthropy. This means millions of individuals are eligible to participate in a matching gift program. In addition, 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer a matching gift program, and some companies even double, triple, or quadruple donations!
Here is a non-exhaustive list of companies that offer great matching gift programs.
How do matching gift programs work?
The main concept of matching gift programs is quite simple. A $100 donation to SHIFT is eligible to be matched by a corporate employer, literally doubling your donation for a total of $200. All an individual employee has to do is fill out the matching gift forms (which can usually be obtained from your Human Resources department or an online portal), and then submit them to the appropriate personnel or intranet site. The employer will validate that the donation was submitted to SHIFT, an eligible nonprofit, and will send a check of the same value (or higher, depending on the parameters of the program) to SHIFT on your behalf.
Some companies take the concept of matching gifts one step further and will provide a monetary gift to SHIFT based upon your volunteer hours provided to SHIFT as well.
How do I request a matching gift? Requesting a matching gift is normally a five-minute process which must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper match form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process.
Thank you for taking the time to check if your company offers matching gifts!