What is a matching gift?

A matching gift is a charitable donation by a corporation that matches an employee’s donation to an eligible nonprofit organization, most often dollar for dollar. Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of a corporate giving philanthropy. This means many individuals are eligible to participate in a matching gift program.

How do matching gift programs work?

The main concept of matching gift programs is quite simple. A $100 donation to your organization is eligible to be matched by a corporate employer, literally doubling the donation for a total of $200. All an individual has to do is fill out the matching gift forms (which can usually be obtained from the Human Resources department or an online portal), and then submit them. The employer will validate that the donation was submitted to an eligible nonprofit, and will send a check of the same value (or higher, depending on the parameters of the program) to Recovery Acres Calgary Society.