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Corporate Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Programs
Did you know that you can double and even triple your gift to GCTC? Thousands of companies, including corporations, foundations, and associations offer either a Matching Gift or a Volunteer Grant program, where they will match the contributions you make in support of your favourite non-profit organization, whether it's monetary or volunteer time. Some will also match stocks and marketable securities, and even match gifts from employee spouses, retirees, and board members. Each company has its own minimum and maximum matching amounts set, and surprisingly easy application steps either online or in paper. It's one way corporations choose to encourage and support employee charitable giving and to extend their corporate philanthropy. And it's one of the easiest ways to maximize your gift to GCTC.
For example, you have donated $100 to the education and mentorship program at GCTC allowing one youth to attend six student matinees which he or she would not be able to afford otherwise. You wish you could give $100 more to support another student but it simply isn't financially possible. This is where your employer may step up and match you dollar per dollar, bringing the total value of your donation to $200. Corporate matching gift programs allow you to give twice as much, and in some cases more! All you have to do is check with your HR department or your employer's website for information on corporate giving, find out if your workplace matches employee donations, and then submit your gift request. If your company does not currently match employee donations, suggest they consider doing so.
If you volunteer regularly at your favourite non-profit organization, you can turn your volunteer hours into a monetary donation! Ask your employer if it offers an employee volunteer grant program as a way to support non-profit organizations. You may be surprised to know that an individual employee can request grants that range from $250 to $1,500 depending on the number of hours volunteered in a year.
Consult the list to find out if your employer offers a Matching Gift or a Volunteer Grant program. If you don't see your company's name in the list, check with your HR department. You can complete the company's matching gift form and mail it to GCTC. We'll do the rest.
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Attn: Development Department
300-1227 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7