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What are employee matching gifts?
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Employee matching gifts (also known as matching funds) are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.

Procedures vary with each company. Typically, individuals must submit forms to their employers. They usually can get more information about their matching gift benefits from their human resources department.

How to find companies that provide matching gifts:

To find companies that match their employees’ gifts, use:

Foundation Directory Online, our searchable grantmakers database, selecting a Type of Support search for "Employee matching gifts" or "Matching/challenge support". You can subscribe to FDO, or use it for free at our libraries and Funding Information Network partners nationwide.

Companies like Double the Donation or HEP Development provide databases and services for nonprofits to find matching gift providers and make the process easier for their donors.

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