By: Sophia Moradian
Matching programs are an incredible way to double a donation. Thousands of companies participate in supporting their employees philanthropic interests, including over 65% of the Fortune 500. We encourage our members and supporters to explore their corporate matching programs. Giving Tuesday is a special day that comes after Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to support charitable involvement and contribution. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, many organizations and individuals focus on their year-end gifting. See if your company, or the company of of someone you know, does something special on #GivingTuesday.
What is corporate matching?
“Corporate Matching” or “Employee Matching Gifts” are are donations a company makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Typically, Employee matching gifts are contributed at a 1:1 ratio, but in some cases, companies go even further by tripling or quadrupling their employees’ donations. In addition to Employee matching gifts, some companies sponsor programs often called, “Dollars for Doers”. Employers will reward employees who donate their time non-profits by contributing financially to a non-profit. For example, if an employee donates 15 hours of her time to a non-profit, her employer may donate $250 to the non-profit. Because your dollar goes further
with corporate matching, by not donating through your employer’s corporate matching program you are leaving money on the table for nonprofits such as AIWA-SF!
How to find out if your company does corporate matching:
This online tool
can give you a quick answer on whether your company does matching grants or not to non-profits. However, for the most up to date information, contact an internal function (e.g., HR) at your company directly.
What if my company doesn’t offer corporate matching? How else can I give in a meaningful way to AIWA SF? Like other non-profit organizations, AIWA-SF offers various events, campaigns, and giving opportunities throughout the year. Some examples:
- AIWA-SF, you can donate directly by clicking here and clicking on the donate button.
AIWA-SF is an affiliate chapter of the Armenian International Women’s Association, the EIN #: 04-3113182. Donations marked for AIWA-SF are routed to the affiliate chapter.
The Armenian International Women’s Association is a dynamic global 501(c)3 dedicated to empowerment, education and enrichment. Through many projects and initiatives, AIWA is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and connecting Armenian women worldwide. To learn more about AIWA, please visit http://www.aiwainternational.org.
To get involved with the AIWA-SF affiliate, please visit http://www.aiwasanfrancisco.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful for all donations. To help us promote progress, contributions can be mailed to: AIWA-SF 15559 Union Ave #227 Los Gatos CA 95032