Matching Is Like A Donation Coupon
If you could double the amount of food you got at the grocery store without paying more, would you? I would!
In a matching donation situation someone else agrees to make the same donation as you to the same charity as you. As a result, the charity will receive double what they would have received.
Why would they do that? To encourage you to donate!
It costs you no extra money to double your donation. It just requires a little extra time to find a matching donation opportunity.
Where To Find Matching Donations
1. Your Employer
Many employers offer a matching donation program. They do this to encourage you to donate and because they write-off the donation on their taxes so they’ll pay less taxes.
Talk to your human resources department to find out if your employer has one and how it works.
- Do they have a list of approved charities or do they allow any charity?
- Do they match dollar for dollar or do they match a percentage?
- How do I sign up?
2. Your Favorite Charity
Sometimes, a large donor wants to help their favorite charity raise more money, and they will offer a matching donation for a limited period of time or for a certain dollar amount. It might look something like this…
A generous couple is contributing half of the cost to fund three projects in Honduras, $1.5 Million, if we can raise the other half from our dedicated, loyal donors.
When you donate $50 to this project, this anonymous donor matches $50, so you’ve effectively donated $100.
If you have a charity that you really like, that you donate to regularly, or want to donate to, watch their website and marketing materials for notifications about matching donation. When you see one advertised, that’s your cue to make your donation now!
3. Websites For Matching Opportunities
Many matching donation opportunities go by unnoticed, because it can be hard to get the word out. Wouldn’t it be great if those opportunities were organized into one website where you could browse the list of possible matches until you found one that matched your interest? Ask and you shall receive!
Donation Doubler and Matching Donations do just that. You can browse the list of charities or look through a specific category that interests you until you find one that interests you. When you find it, donate, and you’ll be doubling your donation!
How do you get more bang for your donation buck?