Nine Matching Gift Program Tips

Nine Things to Consider for Matching GiftsMany successful companies provide matching dollars for employees’ charitable donations and volunteer hours. Matching gift programs are a great benefit and help employees make more of an impact with their charitable dollars.

Earlier this month, our Corporate Giving Network pooled their success stories on what makes a matching gift program a win-win for a company and its employees. 

Here are some things to consider when adding a matching gift program to your benefits package:

  • Match Rate
    Set a match rate that is reasonable for your company and appealing to your employees. For example, dollar-for-dollar is a great place to start and easy to promote.
  • Maximum Annual Match
    Decide on a maximum annual match. This will help set guidelines and inspire employees to give more.
  • Minimum Individual Match
    Some companies set a minimum for individual match requests, and employees can add up smaller charitable contributions throughout the year to reach the required minimum amount.
  • Volunteer Time Match
    Match employees’ volunteer time in addition to monetary donations, so those who give their time can also benefit from their philanthropic efforts.
  • Team Donation Matches
    For the employees that work the best with others, allow teams to give as a group and match their donations in one lump sum.
  • Limit (or Don’t) Charities
    Your company might choose to limit the charities eligible for matching donations, so you can align matches with your company’s giving strategy. Or, you might allow employees to give to any organization they wish.
  • Set Deadlines
    To maintain an organized and efficient matching gift program, set a deadline, but consider making it late in the year to allow for matches during the holiday season. 
  • How to Manage
    Make it easy for employees to submit their match requests online. The Community Foundation’s web-based software is customizable for companies, and users don’t have to remember a password to log in.
  • Promote to Employees
    Use your company's intranet, bulletin boards or employee newsletter to get the word out about your program. 

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Grow Your Giving Communications Specialist Sidney Peterson


Authored by: Sidney Peterson, Communications & Events Specialist