Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees and sometimes from employees’ spouses and retirees.
Matching Gifts FAQ
What is a matching gift?
Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you work for Bank of America (BOA) and donate $100 to the Global Vitiligo Foundation (GVF). Bank of America’s matching gift policy has a minimum gift requirement of $25 and matches at a 1:1 ratio. After you submit your matching gift form, BOA will double your donation by also writing a check for $100. Gifts from employees’ spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match.
How do I request a matching gift?
Requesting a matching gift is normally a five minute process which must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process.
There are typically 3 steps:
Make your personal donation and save the receipt we will email to you. Many matching programs will allow for up to one year after you’ve made your donation to request a corporate match.
Contact your supervisor and/or HR department directly to ask if they offer a matching gift program.
There are two common ways to submit the matching gift request:
- Go to your company’s matching gift web link. Log-in and submit your request electronically.
- Download your company’s matching gift verification form. Print it, fill it out, and submit it.
I made a donation a few months ago. Can I still apply for a matching gift?
Yes! It’s not too late to apply for a matching gift! Many companies allow employees to submit match requests for 1 year following the date of the donation.