If your nonprofit isn’t looking to corporate matching gifts to help give your fundraising a boost, you should be! Matching gifts are a way for companies to demonstrate their corporate philanthropy to the organizations that their employees care deeply about.
Your nonprofit benefits by receiving twice as many donations from some of your donors! While not all of your supporters work for companies that match their donations, your organization can still promote matching gift programs to your contributors to boost your fundraising.
Even though everyone isn’t eligible, it’s still worthwhile for your nonprofit to promote matching gifts to all of your donors.
Here are the top four ways your nonprofit can start raising more money from matching gifts.
- Within the donation process
- On a dedicated matching gift page
- In your email newsletters
- Across your social media communications
1. Within the donation process
The most obvious time to let donors know about matching gifts is when they’re in the middle of giving to your organization. They’re already invested and interested in your nonprofit’s work enough to donate. Why not encourage them to maximize their donations right then and there?
There are a couple of places you can let donors know about matching gifts within the donation process.
On a donation page
When donors take the initiative to find their way to your donation page, they clearly care about your organization. If you tell them that their current donation might go twice as far, they’ll be immediately inclined to research matching gifts.
You could follow the lead of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. On their donation page, they tell supporters about the different projects that their donations support. They then follow up with information about supporters doubling their contributions with a link that leads donors to a tool to check if their employer offers a matching gift program.
On an acknowledgment page
The acknowledgement page that appears after donors have finalized their contribution is the perfect place to let them know about matching gifts in case they didn’t see the information on the donation form.
The American Cancer Fund offers a great example. Their acknowledgement page lets donors know that their donation has been received and that an email will be sent out in a few days.
They also encourage donors to look into matching gift programs. The tool on the acknowledgement page allows supporters to see if their employers offer matching gift programs that they can take advantage of.
When you market matching gifts throughout the donation process, you capture the attention of supporters who are already interested in your nonprofit. These people will be more willing to look into doubling their existing donations, potentially leading to more contributions to your organization!
2. On a dedicated matching gift page
If individuals are thinking about giving to your organization but haven’t committed to donating yet, they might be looking on your website for more information about ways to give.
By placing a dedicated matching gift page on your website, you can educate individuals about making their donation go further.
The ASPCA’s matching gift page gives donors all the relevant information they need to know about doubling their donations. They also tell donors that they can submit their matching gift forms to the ASPCA by mail.
Having comprehensive matching gift information on a dedicated matching gift page can help your nonprofit receive twice as many donations from your donors’ companies. The more educated your supporters are about matching gifts, the more likely they will be to submit the appropriate paperwork to their employers.
3. In your email newsletters
Donors who have given to your cause and care about the work that you do like to stay updated on the current and future projects that you have lined up.
The best way to do this is in an email newsletter. These newsletters are also fantastic opportunities to let your donors know about doubling their donations!
You can either dedicate an entire newsletter to matching gifts and give donors comprehensive information…
You can mention matching gifts in a newsletter that gives recipients normal updates on your current projects.
4. Across your social media communications
Market matching gifts throughout your social media communications to make the most of the audiences that are on these sites.
It’s important to keep the matching-gift message short and sweet.
- Let donors know that their donations can potentially be doubled.
- Provide them a link to more information or a matching gift search tool.
- Include an eye-catching image or infographic.
Followers will scroll right past a post that is dense with jargon.
The beauty of using social media to let donors know about matching gifts is that the content is interactive. Donors can like, comment, and share the posts with their friends and family members. This increases the chances that you’ll acquire more donors and the matching gifts that might come along with them.
Using these four strategies can help you promote matching gifts to as many donors as possible. Track your nonprofit’s performance metrics as you implement these tactics.