Many employers offer matching gift programs. How does it work? You give a gift and your employer does the same to match that gift. It is an easy way to double or even triple your charitable contribution to your favorite non-profit. Some companies also provide matching gifts for spouses, retirees, or employee volunteer hours.
Matching gifts programs were founded in the 1950’s by General Electric to increase giving to colleges and universities. Now these programs are available for any public charity and are a chance to make your donation stretch further! There are a few simple ways to find out if you can match your gift to Save The Bay:
1) Check your company’s intranet or website for Matching Gifts. Most companies will make a basic form available for you to fill out to match your donation.
2) Check with your HR department to ask if your company matches employee donations.
3) 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, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA 94612. Once we receive the request, your company sends its matching donation directly to Save The Bay.
Do you regularly volunteer your time and talent? Many companies support employees giving back with their time and have programs to earn money for organizations that are meaningful to them. After a minimum number of hours, a donation may be made by your employer. Use the same steps listed above to find out if your company has a volunteer matching program.
Save The Bay provides education and restoration programs to 7,000 students and adult volunteers, including corporate volunteer programs. It is a great hands on opportunity to learn about the Bay and help us protect and restore vital wetland habitats and vastly improve our water quality.
If you want more information about how to double or triple your impact through employee matching gifts, just give us a call and we’ll help you. Email or call Kristina Watson at kwatson@saveSFbay.org or (510) 463-6820.
You can find more information about matching gifts on our website: www.saveSFbay.org/workplace-giving.
-Kristina Watson, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager