Let Your Company Double or Triple Your Impact!
Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? And that some companies will even match gifts from employee’s spouses and retirees? Also, your company may offer a volunteer grant program if you volunteer with us!
By simply completing a matching gift form (online or paper), you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift! Contributions of any amount help us empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life.
Use the search field below to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a matching gift?
Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you work for State Farm and donate $100 to Special Olympics Illinois. State Farm’s matching gift policy has a minimum gift requirement of $25 and matches at a 1:1 ratio. After you submit your matching gift form, State Farm will double your donation by also writing a check for $100. Gifts from employees’ spouses and retirees may also qualify for a match.
It’s a quick and easy way to double your contribution! Use the search tool above to see if your company will match your gift, and find everything you need to apply.
How do I request a matching gift?
Requesting a matching gift is normally a five minute process which must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process.
There are typically 3 steps:
Make your personal donation and save your tax receipt. Many matching programs will allow for up to one year after you’ve made your donation to request a corporate match.
Using the search tool above, find out if your company offers a matching gift program and review the guidelines. No results? Contact your HR department directly to ask if they offer a matching gift program.
There are two common ways to submit the matching gift request:
- Click on your company’s intranet link provided in the search results. Log-in and submit your request electronically.
- Download your company’s matching gift verification form using the link provided in the search results. Print it, fill it out and send it to us.
We will take care of the rest!
I made a donation a few months ago. Can I still apply for a matching gift?
Yes! It’s not too late to apply for a matching gift! Many companies allow employees to submit match requests for 1 year following the date of the donation.
What are volunteer grant programs?
Volunteer grant programs (also referred to as volunteer matching programs or Dollars for Doers) are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer regularly.
Each company has specific guidelines for their volunteer grant programs — use the search tool above to see if your company offers this benefit and find everything you need to submit your volunteer time. You can always contact your company’s HR department for more information.
If you volunteer with us, it’s an easy way to provide us with additional financial support!
I didn’t find my company on the search page. Now what?
It’s still possible that your employer will match your donation, even if you don’t find your company on our list. Check with your company’s HR manager and ask if your donation can be matched.
Can my company’s matching gift be applied to a participant or event, such as Polar Plunge?
Absolutely! Matching gifts are a great opportunity to boost participants’ fundraising totals.
What if I still have questions?
For questions regarding your company’s program policies, please contact your employer’s HR department. Much of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.
For questions regarding obtaining a tax receipt, submitting and verifying a matching gift request or a volunteer grant, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-394-0562.
*Please be safe with your Create Your Own Plunge choices. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Create Your Own Plunge option. Learn more here.*
Already have your form? Please mail it to:
Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Matching Gifts
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761