Employee matching could make a huge difference for your favorite cause. Here are four steps to success.
✓ Know the facts.
Did you know your company might double, triple, or quadruple your charitable donations? Many companies offer employee matching. Here’s how it works: You make a donation to a nonprofit and request a match from your employer, who then makes a donation to the same nonprofit. The match will make a difference for your favorite nonprofit cause.
✓ Connect with your human resources department if needed.
Contact your company’s human resources department if you can’t find information about your workplace giving options, or you need additional information. If employee matching isn’t part of your benefits package, you can always suggest your company start a matching program or ask if they offer other charitable incentives, such as volunteer opportunities or workplace giving, which sets up your charitable giving through an automatic payroll deduction.
✓ Follow your company’s workplace giving guidelines.
Make sure your charitable donation falls within the rules of your employer’s matching or giving program. Most employers will only match donations to registered 501(c)(3) organizations. You should also be prepared to fill out a form and provide a record of your donation, such as a receipt.
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