Many companies will support charities through a Matched Giving Scheme. This is a scheme whereby companies match gifts donated by their employees pound for pound up to a certain amount (usually up to £1000). There are certain important features to consider, and each of these programs is slightly different:
- They usually run from year to year, but the start point and end point may differ (January to December, July to June)
- Most of these programs have a cap, usually £500 or £1000 per calendar year;
- They may require different efforts from employees in order to match the funds raised:
- Some require the employee to donate money to a charity and the company would match that donation;
- Some require the employee to just be involved in a fund raising activity, and the company would match the funds raised in that particular activity – as an example, a parent is involved in a Quizz night, the Fete, the Xmas fayre – and as part of that raises funds. The company will match those funds. This was used by the RKS Fete team in 2019 and by the RKS Fete team in the Darts event in 2022.
- Some require the employ to have engaged in particular fundraising events – for example, run a marathon to raise money, and this money is matched
- Some of these programs exclude specific sectors, like education or healthcare.
The key is to see if your employer has a program, and what it specifically allows for. Both the PTA and the Fete team have people who are experienced in this and know what you need to ask for.
The following companies in the United Kingdom are those that we understand currently match gifts donated by their employees. You can download this list by clicking here.