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What are employee matching gifts?

Employee matching gifts are contributions made by companies or corporate foundations to match charitable gifts made by corporate employees.  Employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.

Employee matching gifts may be part of a company-wide effort to raise funds for a single organization (as a United Way fundraising drive). They may also be restricted to certain types of organizations, such as schools, one's alma mater, organizations in a certain community, etc.  

Procedures vary with each company. Typically, individuals must submit forms to their employers. They usually can get more information about their matching gift benefits from their human resources department.

How to find companies that provide matching gifts:

To find companies that match their employees’ gifts, use:

Foundation Directory Online, our searchable grantmakers database, selecting a Transaction Type search for "Employee matching gifts."  You can subscribe to FDO, or use it for free at our libraries and Funding Information Network partners nationwide.

Companies like Double the Donation or HEP Development provide databases and services for nonprofits to find matching gift providers and make the process easier for their donors.

Learn now about corporate fundraising with Introduction to Corporate Giving. Available free as both an online webinar and an in-person class.

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