Take 5: Five Things About One of CNEWA’s Best-Kept Secrets

St. Anne’s Orphanage in Trichur, India, is served by the Carmelite Sisters and supported by CNEWA. With corporate matching gifts, any donation will be doubled, and do twice as much good. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Cristina Tortalla coordinates corporate matching gifts for CNEWA.

Want to know a secret? This actually may be the best-kept secret in the world of charitable giving. But it’s one every donor should know about.

There’s a way you may be able to double your support for the poor and the churches of the East, and it won’t cost you a dime. The secret is corporate matching gifts. It’s a terrific way to make a gift go even further, and do even more good.

Here are five things you should know about matching gift programs:

  1. A corporate matching gift is a means by which your employer matches your donations to charitable organizations such as CNEWA. Recent survey data estimates that some 83 percent of companies match at least some charitable gifts. So there’s a good chance your employer offers you this benefit, too.

  2. The idea has been around for a while. It actually got its start at General Electric. The company’s foundation began to match gifts to colleges and universities in 1954.

  3. Corporate matching gifts are worth more than you may think. In 2011, U.S. employers donated about $14.55 billion. Among companies participating in matching programs, matching gifts accounted for about 12 percent of corporate giving. That means employers matched almost $1.5 billion of charitable giving, doubling the efforts of countless generous individuals. That kind of support can do a great deal of good in the world!

  4. Even if you are retired, you may still be eligible to take part in matching gifts. A surprising number of companies match the charitable gifts of their retirees.

  5. Your human resources department is the place to find out if your employer will match your charitable gifts. Why don’t you head over there first thing Monday morning and ask?

Corporate matching gifts are the secret to doubling your support for the great work of CNEWA and people we serve. Unlike most secrets, I don’t mind if you share it. Tell someone you know and spread the word!

If you have any questions about corporate matching gifts, feel free to reach out to me — Cristina Tortalla — at 1-800-442-6392 ext. 519 or I look forward to hearing from you!

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