Maximize your Support for the SBAI through your Employer
Corporate employee matching gift programs are a great way to elevate your donation to the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa. Many employers generously match an employees (and oftentimes even a retirees) gifts to a non-profit organizations, which can provide an additional avenue for contributions.
Matching gifts are truly just that; gifts that are matched by your employer when you donate. An employer based matching gift program is typically an agreement to match dollar for dollar. Oftentimes, matching gifts are at 100 percent of the original donation – meaning if you donate $100, your company will match your gift with an addition $100 donation. The matching must be made within a certain period of time from the original donation (30 days is standard). Most companies with a matching program have a cap, or limit, to what they will match for each employee annually.
As a donor you might have a few questions…
What do I need to do to participate in a matching gift program? How do I designate the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa as a recipient of matching gifts for my donation? It is really pretty simple. Setting up for matching funds will only take a few minutes to get the ball rolling, and can really make a major impact for the organization that is receiving the funds. If your employer will match a gift to the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, your company’s matching gift form should be submitted with your own cash donation to the SBAI office.
How do I find out if my company has a matching gift program? Your HR and/or benefits department should be able to quickly answer this question. Typically they will have you fill out a form and return it to a specific individual designated to handle matching gifts at your company. If your gift is a onetime donation typically you can pick up the form and mail it to the office of the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa (see below address) with your check. From there we will process the form and payment and mail it to the appropriate address. Typically an employer will mail the matching gift check back the SBAI Office within 30-days where funds will be deposited and the matching gift can start working to benefit the many programs the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa.
Should you have more questions or need help with matching gifts please contact:
Leslie L. Garman, CFRE
Spina Bifida Association of Iowa | Executive Director
8525 Douglas Avenue Suite 39
Urbandale, IA 50322
Your gift is tax deductible. The SBAI is a 501c3 in the state of Iowa.
Thank you! Your gift will make a difference in the future of those living with Spina Bifida.