As most of our client-fundraisers know, NEADS offers matching donations periodically throughout the year. These matching funds days are generally held quarterly, and they give clients a chance to boost their fundraising campaigns for NEADS. While it’s worthwhile to take advantage of the matching funds that NEADS occasionally offers, it’s not the only way to secure matching donations.
If you are waiting for the next time NEADS offers matching funds, and not seeking them out elsewhere, then you might be missing out on some great opportunities There are many companies that will match their employees’ donations to nonprofits – some companies offer a 50% match, some offer 100%, and a select few even double the original donation amount. Company matches are a valuable way to add funds to your campaign for NEADS, and they will help you reach your $8,000 goal faster.
If you are not sure whether your employer matches donations, you may want to refer to an employee handbook or benefit summary. You can also check with the HR department at your company or ask your manager. If your employer does offer matching donations then that information shouldn’t be hard to find.
Every employer that offers matching donations will have a different criteria about which organizations qualify, which employees are eligible for matches, and what paperwork needs to be filled out in order to secure a match. Some employers only ask for the donation receipt, while others want additional documentation. In order to guarantee a match, you will want to make sure you are providing your employer with everything that they need.
Once you have checked with your own employer, you can ask friends and family to check with their employers too. Many donors are not even aware that their employers offer matching donations.
Below you will find a short list of some popular companies that offer donation matches. NEADS has had clients who work at each of these companies, and we have received matches from many of them. These are just a few examples; many more employers offer matching funds so it’s worth the time to figure out which ones make that offer.
Johnson & Johnson http://forms.matchinggifts.com/JohnsonJohnsonform.pdf