Corporate employee matching gift programs: What are they and how do they benefit the Sarpy County Museum?

What is Giving Tuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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How can I help the Sarpy County Museum?
A gift to the Sarpy County Museum helps to protect and preserve Sarpy County’s rich history which includes the birthplace of Nebraska. Your support will help fund our free and innovative programming that helps build our community. You can choose to make a standard donation, or choose to double your donation with a corporate matching gift on of #GivingTuesday. Donations can be made by sending us a check or donating via our Paypal link.

What are corporate matching gift programs?
Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. For example, if a donor works for Bank of Americaand donates $100 to the Sarpy County Museum, Bank of America will double the donation by also writing a check for $100.

Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs. A few examples include:
• Johnson & Johnson – Triples donations with $2:$1 matches for current employees while also doubling donations for retirees.
• Bank of America – Matches donations $1:$1 up to $5,000 annually per employee.
• Home Depot – Matches donations $1:$1 up to $3,000 annually per employee.

The impact of these programs can be substantial! In 2011, Microsoft matched $48.9 million worth of employee donations to schools and 501(c(3) nonprofits. Did you know that more than 15 million employees work for companies with matching gift programs?

Want to help the Sarpy County Museum? 

Increasing fundraising from matching gifts isn’t rocket science. Last year we received several matching gifts which helped us raise over $500. We know many of our donors work for companies with matching gift programs and we’ve set a goal of raising another $500 from these programs. If we meet our goal, we’ll be able to better preserve the history of Sarpy County.

You can immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed corporate giving information about your employer by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs Double the Donation search form.

Double the Donation provides you with as much of the following as possible:
– Up-­‐to-­‐date company policies
– Printed forms or links to the online submission process
– Our nonprofit’s contact information (Tax ID, address, fundraising contact)

If your company isn’t listed, make sure to check with HR as there are many additional companies out there who offer volunteer grant programs.

We wish we could submit the required form for you, but unfortunately the employee must submit it. We appreciate you taking five minutes to double your donation.