Many employers will match charitable gifts made by their employees. For example, if a donor works for Microsoft and donates $250 to Friends of Scouting, Microsoft will “double the donation” by writing a check for $250 to the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Matching gifts are often overlooked by donors. Many donors are not even aware if their company matches employee contributions. In fact, about 65% of Fortune 500 companies (and many other companies) match employee donations.
That means that thousands of individuals living within the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America boundaries work for companies that match donations of their employees. Although corporations don’t always release specific figures, top contributors in 2012 include Microsoft (more than $48 million) and GE (more than $37 million) in matching gifts.
The biggest challenge in getting matching gift contributions comes from simply not knowing if your company will match a donation. By simply checking with your human resources department, you can get information on your company guidelines, forms, and systems for matching donations.
Check here to see if our database lists your company. A few employers with matching gift programs include:
- General Electric
- Soros Fund Management
- BP (British Petroleum)
- Gap Corporation (including Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta)
- State Street Corporation
- Johnson & Johnson
…and hundreds of additional companies. If your employer is not listed, please ask your HR department if your company has a matching gift program or would consider starting one.
Every gift we receive is significant in funding our quest to serve over 86,000 youth with Scouting programs and services in central and southern Utah. Thank you for supporting Scouting in Utah.
Visit http://www.utahscouts.org/matching-gift-program for more information on matching gifts for your donation.
Author: Liz Merrell | Development Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA