An easy way to increase your donations quickly is through matching gifts! Many companies have matching gift programs. Be sure and ask your donors to contact their employer's Human Resources departments to find out if their company matches charitable donations, and to get specific applications and instructions. Most companies match their employee's contributions dollar for dollar. Some companies double the contribution!
To make sure you get credited with the matching gift, please have the donor include your name, and event name in the field on the application or online form for "Designation" or "Purpose". All matching gift requests go through AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Donations Department and are tracked in our system. Participants are credited when the check arrives.
During the online donation process your donors have the opportunity to indicate they work for a matching gift company and search our database of known corporations who match gifts. These do not show on your fundraising page until the funds are actually received by the AFC's donations department. At that time the gift will appear on the participants donation page.
Start Early. Matching gifts take time to process as there are steps to be followed by the donor, the company and AFC. Matching gift payouts differ from company to company. Some payout monthly, quarterly or even yearly.
Finally, make sure you or your donor send the documentation required to match the gift to AFC. Some donors include the matching form with their donation. This form should be mailed directly to the attention of Donor Services at TEAM TO END AIDS (T2). And it’s always a good idea to keep copies of all your correspondence with the matching company with regards to matching gifts.
Still have questions? Download the Fundraising Manual from your participant center or contact your TEAM Manager.