Employee Gift Matching
Multiply the impact of your donation with a matching gift!
You love the lakes. Your company probably does too.
Did you know that thousands of companies match donations by employees to our organization? Matching gift programs help your donation go further, sometimes doubling or tripling your gift to the Alliance! This makes a huge difference, especially when combined with hundreds of other donors like you and their employers who match their gifts, too.
Please use the search tool below to see if your company will match your donation and to access the forms, guidelines, and instructions that you need to submit a matching gift. Thank you!
When submitting a matching gift through your company’s electronic portal or if your company still uses a paper form you may need the following information:
Our Mailing Address:
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Attn: Matching Gifts
150 N Michigan Ave. Ste 750
Chicago, IL 60601
Our Contact Information:
Frequently Asked Questions
What are employee matching gift programs?
Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which a company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. It’s an easy way to double your contribution to us!
How do I request a matching gift grant?
Requesting a matching gift is normally a five-minute process that must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a paper match form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process (depending on your employer’s process). Please search our database for company-specific information.
How do I submit a matching gift?
- Make a donation to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
- Log into your company’s matching gift submission website (if you use the above search tool, you will receive a follow-up email linking to that page).
- Once logged in, search for the nonprofit that you donated to.
- Select the Alliance for the Great Lakes from the search result. If it is not found, manually enter the organization’s details.
- Register the donation.
- Submit the completed matching gift request to your employer.
What if I submit my matching gift outside of the Alliance’s online donation form or dedicated matching gifts page?
If you submit your matching gift outside of this matching gifts page, contact us directly to notify our team of the request, so we may track the matching funds as needed.
What if I forget to submit my matching gift request?
If you forget to submit your matching gift after selecting your company at the time of donation, you will receive a series of auto-generated emails prompting you to submit your match. The majority of companies offer an all-electronic matching gift submission process.
Are matching gifts tax-deductible?
While your donation to a 501(c)3 organization is tax-deductible, your matching gift is not tax-deductible. Only your personal contributions are eligible for tax-deduction. Each party involved (yourself and your employer) can only take deductions for contributions they directly made to the nonprofit.
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 request to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-939-0838.