Willow Creek Academy

Employer Matching 

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies may even match gifts made by retirees, spouses, and board members. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

If you don't see your company on our list, ask your HR department if they will match your financial donation or volunteer hours. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are employee matching gift programs?

Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. Most companies with employee matching gift programs provide a 1:1 match which doubles your donation.

Am I eligible to participate in my company's programs?

Eligibility rules vary by company but your eligibility is normally based on your employment status and length of employment.

Employment status:
At almost all companies, full-time employees and board members are eligible. In many cases spouses, part-time employees, and retirees can participate as well.

Length of employment:
In most cases, there is no minimum length of employment requirement. A few companies will require you to have been employed for a minimum amount of time (usually 3-12 months).

Your company's official guidelines will outline all of the requirements.

How do I request a matching gift or volunteer grant?

Requesting a matching gift or volunteer grant is normally a five-minute process. The company will provide either a paper form or an electronic submission process.

Paper form:
The gift matching process typically involves two steps:

  1. Employees complete section A on the form and then submit it to the nonprofit.
  2. The nonprofit verifies the donation, completes section B on the form, and then submits it back to the company.

Electronic submission:
The company will direct you to a website where you can complete the matching gift request electronically.

You'll need your employee ID and password to access the company specific site. You'll then enter your information, donation amount and date, and locate Willow Creek Foundation by name and address or by our tax ID number, 33-1066498.

In some cases, the matching gift website is accessed through the company intranet.

How many companies offer employer matching?

Thousands of companies representing over 15 million employees offer an employer matching program. If you don't see your company in the list above, make sure to check your employer's intranet or email HR for additional details.

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