Make Your Gift Go Further: Employee Matching Gift Programs

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Many employers offer matching gift programs, doubling or sometimes even tripling the impact of your gift. Some companies also provide matching gifts for spouses, retirees or employee volunteer hours that help extend the reach of your footprint on the health of the Bay.

Billions of dollars in employer matching funds go unclaimed at the end of each year, mostly because many employees don’t even know that their employer provides these matching funds for their contributions. Matching gift programs are available for any public charity and provide a great opportunity to make your donation stretch further! Make sure your matching funds aren’t being left behind, here are a few simple ways to find out if you can match your gift to Save The Bay:

  • If you can’t find your company using the search bar above, check your company’s intranet, website or HR department for more information.

How do I match my gift to Save The Bay? Save The Bay’s tax ID number is 94-6078420. Forms can be mailed to Save The Bay at 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA 94612. Once we receive the request, your company will send its matching donation directly to Save The Bay.

Do you regularly volunteer your time and talent? Many companies support employees’ giving their time and have volunteer matching programs to raise funds for their favorite organizations.  Find your company using the search bar above to learn if your employer offers volunteer matching opportunities.

Save The Bay provides education and restoration programs to over 6,500 students and adult volunteers, including our corporate volunteer programs. Our corporate partners play an important role in the protection, restoration and celebration of San Francisco Bay.

If you would like more information about how to double or even triple your impact through employee matching gifts contact Kristina Watson at (510) 463-6820 or kwatson@saveSFbay.org.

You can find more information about matching gifts on our website: http://www.savesfbay.org/employer-matched-gifts.

Donor Delight | Meet Suresh Raman

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Suresh shares our commitment to protect and restore the Bay and its open spaces.

Suresh Raman has been volunteering with Save The Bay since 2005. He supports Save The Bay’s work not only by getting his hands dirty out on the shoreline with us, but also by being a dedicated donor.  Suresh has increased his impact through eBay’s matching gifts program and by nominating Save The Bay to be considered for eBay Foundation GIVE Team grants.  Thanks to Suresh’s passion and support for bay protection and restoration, more people are contributing to make our Bay cleaner and healthier!

What motivated you to get involved with Save The Bay?

I am always against the “development” (read: destruction) that takes place on ecologically sensitive land like wetlands, regardless of any perceived economic gain.  It is always a long term loss for the environment and eventually for the economy as well.  Save The Bay’s mission to protect and restore the natural state of the Bay and the lands surrounding it is very appealing to me.  But what I am really thrilled about is Save The Bay’s success in restoring old salt ponds back to wetlands.

What has been your most memorable Save The Bay experience or event?

There have been two, the first as a restoration volunteer at Bair Island when Save The Bay’s Executive Director, David Lewis joined us. He regaled us with historical facts and figures about Bair Island and its ecology while we went about the restoration work. The second was a special Save The Bay Salt Pond Tour. The highlight of that outing was the walk up to the top of the old landfill that overlooks the infamous Cargill/DMB salt ponds.   I’ll never forget that experience and being in the company of special people who all share my passion for the environment.

How easy was it to engage your employer in a cause that you believe in? And do you have any advice for other employees?

With eBay it was easy. eBay has a matching gifts program, where an employee contribution to any non-profit is matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum.  eBay also has a bi-annual GIVE team grant making program for non-profits, with an application and selection process.  I am happy that the GIVE committee has been benevolent to Save The Bay on many occasions.  There have been the occasional eBay corporate team volunteer events as well.  I am hoping that we can do more corporate volunteering in the future.  eBay also has a Green Team that has an active role in shaping the green culture of the company. I hope this all makes a big difference eventually.

Where is your favorite place to spend time along the Bay?

The Alviso slough.  It is a quiet place (almost lonely in fact) to do some sight-seeing, hiking or biking.  I once went biking there and tried to race a train that was passing by on the tracks next to the trail. I lost badly, even with the wind on by back.

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

Everything… the scenery, the climate, the bay itself, the intellectual capacity of the people fostering a hot-bed of innovation here, and the diversity of the culture.  An amazing place really!!

Like Suresh, you too can increase your impact to ensure a healthy San Francisco Bay. Learn more about matching gifts programs.