Frequently Asked Questions
What is a matching gift?
Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you work for General Electric and donate $100 to TechnoServe. General Electric’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, GE will double your donation by also writing a check for $100. Gifts from employees’ spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match.
It’s a quick and easy way to double your contribution!
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:
- Donate — Make your personal donation and save your tax receipt. Many matching programs will allow for up to one year after you’ve made your donation to request a corporate match.
- Ask — Contact your HR department directly to ask if they offer a matching gift program.
- Match — There are two common ways to submit the matching gift request:
- Click on your company’s intranet link provided in the search results. Log-in and submit your request electronically.
- Download your company’s matching gift verification form using the link provided in the search results. Print it, fill it out and send it to us.
We will take care of the rest!
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.
What if I still have questions?
For questions regarding your company’s program policies, please contact your employer’s HR department. Much of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.