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Q: What are employee matching gifts?

Employee matching gifts (also known as matching funds) are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, 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.

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.

To find out if your company participates in an employee matching gifts program please consult Foundation Directory Online, a searchable database, or National Directory of Corporate Giving, a print directory.