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Many companies throughout the UK offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by 'matching' the money they raise. It really is money for nothing, and you could double the amount of cash you raise with very little effort.
Match giving or match funding is a simple way of maximising the fundraising efforts of your individual volunteers. It is an informal arrangement between a company and their employee.
Not all companies offer match funding but those that do will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount their employee has raised for or donated to the charity/school of their choice. Some organisations will match fund on a £ for £ basis, others will stipulate what they are prepared to give.
It is likely that an upper limit will be applied along with certain criteria such as the recipient organisation being a registered charity. Some companies will also pledge time and resources instead of money, so enabling their employees to support a cause during their working week, or offering a tangible service such as the opportunity to print posters, programmes, newsletters and so on.
Unfortunately, while we'd love to be able to provide a list of companies offering match funding, it is fraught with too many issues. Some companies have certain criteria in their small print (i.e. it may only be offered to full-time staff after two years service), or the schemes change too often for us to be able to keep any such list up to date.
Generally speaking, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utilities providers, phone companies and car manufacturers are known historically to offer match funding schemes. It's a case of making it clear to parents what 'match funding' is, and asking all your supporters to check with their employers whether a scheme is already in place or if they'd be willing to set one up. A match funding scheme can be adopted by any company no matter how big or small.