Matching gift programs are an important form of support for many non-profits. Matching gifts allow many donors to double or triple the gifts they make in support of non-profit organizations with no additional expense and very little effort.
What Are Matching Gift Programs?
Extensions of corporate philanthropy, matching gift programs are designed to be the means by which companies support employee charitable giving. While some companies restrict their matching gift programs to certain types of institutions (such as colleges and universities), most companies will match donations made by employees to a wide range of nonprofits.
How Do I Know if My Employer Matches Gifts?
If you would like to see if your employer has a matching gift program, please use the search tool below. However, if your employer is not listed, that does not mean it doesn’t match gifts. Some programs are not on the national database. The best thing is to check your employer’s website or ask the HR department.
What Gifts Can Be Matched?
Each company’s matching gift policy is unique. Some companies will match any gift made by a current employee. Some will match gifts made by the spouse of an employee or by a retired employee or by members of the Board of Directors. In most cases, a company’s matching policy is easily available on the company website or through the HR office.
Ratios and Amounts
Most companies apply minimums and maximums to their matching gift programs. The most common minimum amount that companies will match is $25, though minimum matches range from $1 – $100. Maximums typically go from $1,000-$15,000. The majority of companies match donations at a 1:1 ratio, although ratios can be set at anything from .5:1 ($.50 match on every dollar donated) to 4:1 ($4 match on every dollar donated).
Is it Hard to Get a Gift Matched?
No! Most companies make the process quite easy, although it’s important to know the company’s policy before making a gift. Some companys will send the matching gift along with the original gift while others will send the match after the fact. In some cases, the donor needs to fill out a form while in others the non-profit organization fills out the form. In both cases, the form will be simple to fill out and simple to submit.