Many businesses, large and small, may offer benefits that go unnoticed. One of these unknown benefits encourages employees to give back to their community by participating in charitable fundraising activities. In exchange, employers offer an “Employee Matching Gift” program to those employees.
Employee matching gifts (also known asmatching funds) are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions.
Unlike food and product sales, a fundraising event makes your participants and/or their parents eligible to receive Employee Matching Gifts. We provide a template that can be downloaded, for registered users, that may help your participants and/or their parents to double their personal contributions.
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 an employees’ volunteer efforts or paid time off.
Procedures vary with each company. Typically, individuals must submit forms to their employers. They can usually get more information about their matching gift benefits from their human resources department.
Small companies that don’t already offer such a program, may be willing to match an employee that is participating in a fundraiser Be sure to encourage your participants’ parents to ask about matching funds for your event.
Download our “Corporate Match Form” and include it with every take-home packet provided at the kickoff. Include instructions for using the form and encourage parents to talk to their HR departments or small business owners about a matching program.
You can double personal contributions by encouraging your participants and their parents to inquire about Employee Matching Gifts where they work. Another example of how our campaign management software and your event are far more profitable than food or product sales.