Matching Gifts is a Good Habit
As you continue to seek new ways to help your alma mater and its students thrive—whether through volunteering, fundraising or direct donations—remember that one of the most effective, yet underutilized paths to boosting University resources are: matching gift programs.
When giving online, just look for the matching gifts section on the online giving page to find your company or organization.
Matching gifts really do matter. Forgoing this benefit is like throwing away free money not to mention a great deal of missed opportunities.
Thousands of companies and organizations offer these widely accessible matching programs as an employee benefit. Matching gifts are an invaluable 1:1 match for every donation that companies use as an employee incentive to increase charitable giving to qualifying organizations. 1:1 means that simply choosing to participate in your company’s existing program will, for example, turn a $500 donation to Howard into $1,000 – doubling your original contribution and its impact upon the Capstone.
Think about what the University would be able to do if every donation received was doubled through matching gifts.
Your gift ensures the budgeted needs are met and will help us reach our goal of 10% alumni participation in the Annual Fund.
Annual Fund gifts provide a pivotal role in the life of the University. Because of you:
- top students had access to financial support to advance through school;
- important symposiums, colloquiums, competitions and seminars were held;
- life-changing scholarships and fellowships were awarded; and,
- critical research projects were launched and/or completed.
In our efforts to move forward in a stronger position, I urge you to please remember two words when you make your Annual Fund donation: matching gifts.
Find out if your employer participates in matching gifts.