Matching Gift Program
Did you know that many companies will match employees’ donations to charitable causes. Because the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts is a social service, not-for-profit organization, your company may match your donations — making your gift go further and be more impactful! Donation may include monthly payroll deductions, as well as annual gifts. Some companies will even match gifts made by retirees and spouses of employees. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of the gift.
In addition to providing greater support for the Jewish community, your matching-gifts donation offers other benefits:
For employees: You will be acknowledged at the recognition level that includes your employer’s match. For example, if you make a donation of $1,000 to Federation and your employer’s matching gift brings the total contribution to $2,000, you will be recognized at the $2,000 level and be invited to donor events.
For employers: Donations received from employers through their matching-gift programs are fully tax-deductible by the employer providing the matching gift. Matching gifts are credited to the employer providing the gift, but also should be cross-referenced on the employee’s account.
How to Acquire Matching Gifts
- Check with your company’s website or Human Resources Department to see if a charitable Matching Gift Program exists.
- If the answer is “yes,” ask for a Matching Gift Form and complete your portion. (If the answer is “no,” talk to your HR Director or direct Manager and suggest the company consider such a program).
- Complete the Matching Gift Form and submit to Bobby Naimark, Donor Impact Officer, Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108. For further assistance, email us or call 413-737-4313.
The IRS considers Federation to be a social-service organization and not a religious organization. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are required to file a 990 form on an annual basis.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Federation’s Donor Impact Officer via email or call 413-737-4313.