Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a type of corporate giving program that essentially stretch, often double, an employee’s initial donation to an eligible nonprofit organization. The first matching gift program began in 1954 when the GE Foundation created the Corporate Alumni Program that matched employee donations to schools and universities. Since then, companies of all shapes and sizes have created matching gift programs to give back to nonprofits and encourage employee philanthropy.

Employee match programs are a benefit that companies offer to encourage and reward giving among their staff. Think of this as free money you are empowered to employ on behalf of your community and the world. Most companies will match an employee’s gift to a charity one-to-one, but others match gifts two-to-one, and some even match donations three-to-one! This means that your gift to a charity can be worth two to four times as much as you donate.

Donors may search for their company using this online database to find matching gift opportunities, or simply contact our office and we will be glad to assist you!

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