Contributions & Matching Gifts

In past blogs we have discussed identifying your values, and finding organizations that match your mission. So what next? The current situation in Japan is a good case study with many examples to draw from. One approach is to make a donation, and no it’s not just about writing a cheque.

Contribution: How many of us have put money in an envelope towards a colleague’s birthday gift? That’s a contribution or also called a collection. You can start one simply by explaining to your co-workers what you would like to do and which charity would benefit from this, then pass the envelope around.

Matching Gift: This takes a contribution one step further. A matching gift or matching donation is a charitable gift made toward a non-profit organization by a matching donor (usually a company or an individual) under the provision that an original donor first makes a gift toward that organization. For example, the company you work for offers matching gifts and you would like to donate $100 to Oxfam. Since your company is a matching gift corporation, it will match your $100 gift, for a total of $200. Matched gifts are most commonly equal to the amount given by the original donor, i.e. a 1:1 ratio.

Many companies in Hong Kong raise money for charity through collections or matching gifts. Take a look at this Hong Kong Red Cross page where they list self-organised fundraising efforts. You could be on that list too.

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4 Responses to “Contributions & Matching Gifts”

  1. joanna fung April 26, 2016 at 2:59 am #

    looking for volunteers to help in a one off gala evening to help collect/ process pledges and donation forms. how do i do this?

    • hongkongvolunteer April 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

      Depending on what you are trying to do, it can get quite complicated. You need to be aware of laws and regulations and the related time involved. For instance a raffle or sale of lottery tickets requires a licence. Applicant needs to be a registered non profit. When collecting personal data of donors, be aware of regulations related to the personal data privacy ordinance.

      Keep it simple and good luck!

  2. Barbara Kwok March 19, 2018 at 2:17 am #

    I run an organisation that teaches low-income families social-emotional learning through English story reading, literacy activities and role-play. We are looking for volunteers to run the program. How can we
    be listed in your blog?

    • hongkongvolunteer March 28, 2018 at 12:49 am #

      Thank you for reaching out. Your organisation’s blog post will be listed very soon.

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