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Matching Gifts

Double your impact with a matching gift or volunteer incentive grant!

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. Others provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

It's simple! Submitting for a Matching Gift or Volunteer Grant Hours is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step 1:

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Step 2: If your company is on our list, skip to Step 3. If not, find out if your company already has a Matching Gift program and ask your company to match your financial donation or volunteer hours. Many companies will also match volunteer hours of spouses and retired employees too. For more information, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Step 3: Submit your company's Matching Gift form in one of the following ways:

> E-mail:
employeegiving@bbbstx.org

> Mail:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Attn: Gwenn Carlson
500 Dallas Street, Suite 2900
Houston, TX 77002

> Fax:
Attn: Gwenn Carlson
713-271-0587

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are employee matching gift programs?
What are employee volunteer grant programs?
Am I eligible for my company's program?
How do I request a matching gift or volunteer grant?
How many companies offer these programs?
How accurate is this information?
What if I still have 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.

What are employee volunteer grant programs?

Volunteer grant programs are corporate giving programs in which the company provides a monetary donation to eligible nonprofits as a way to recognize employees who volunteer. Please see your company guidelines to determine how many hours are needed to qualify for a volunteer grant.

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 mail 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 locate Big Brothers Big Sisters by name and address or by our tax ID number, 75-0800632.

In some cases, you must access the matching gift website through the company intranet.

How many companies offer these programs?

Thousands of companies representing over 15 million employees offer one or both of these programs. If you don't see your company in the Company Search Engine above, make sure to check your employer's intranet or email HR for additional details.

How accurate is this information?

All of the information has been updated in the last year. If you see anything that should be changed, please email employeegiving@bbbstx.org.

What if I still have questions?

For questions regarding your company's programs, please contact your employer's HR or community giving department. Much of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.

For questions regarding submitting a matching gift or volunteer grant to us, you can reach us using the contact information below:

Mailing Address:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Attn: Gwenn Carlson
500 Dallas Street, Suite 2900
Houston, TX 77002

Email Address:
employeegiving@bbbstx.org

Phone:
(888) 887-2447

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