Taking Advantage of Your Employee Match
Employee match programs require a small amount of effort to engage, but the work will pay off for the nonprofits you choose to support. Here is how you can make the most of your employee match program.
● Step one: Learn the rules. Some companies have a preferred list of charities they partner with, while others match gifts to any charity an employee may support. The match likely has an annual limit. If you don’t know how your company’s match program works, contact your Human Resources department today! Don't forget to ask if they allow employees to volunteer their time with local charities. Some companies offer paid time off to staff when they volunteer with an organization in their community.
● Step two: Make your donation. Within the guidelines your company provides, select a charity. Search Charity Navigator to find or vet charitable organizations. Be sure to keep proof of your gift or volunteer time, which may require providing contact information for a receipt.
● Step three: Dot the i's and cross the t's. Typically, companies only need a receipt as proof of contribution and a single form requesting that they match the donation. Provide these (and any other required materials) promptly to the appropriate personnel at your company, likely the Human Resources department or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team. Confirm that the match was made.
Don’t leave money for social good on the table! Take advantage of your employee match program this year and every year.