Matching gifts occur when a Company matches
the charitable contribution of an employee to their alma mater.
If you (or your spouse) works for a matching gift company,
your gift may be doubled, or even tripled.
The history of Matching Gifts goes back to 1954, when Philip
Reed, Chair of the General Electric Board Of Directors, wanted
to encourage GE employees to contribute to their alma maters.
Mr. Reed believed that the incentive to give was better if
the company matched the employee’s gift. Hence, the
GE Matching Gifts program was established. Soon after, programs
were established at other companies.
The Matching gift procedure is very simple. The employee
gets a matching gift form from their human resources department.
After completing the form, the employee sends it along with
their gift to Bradley. (You may also send in the from after
you have made the gift.) Bradley certifies on the form that
it has received the gift and meets the company’s guidelines
for receiving a matching gift. Bradley then returns the form
to the company. The company verifies eligibility of the employee
and sends a check to Bradley University.
If you have questions about matching gifts, please
contact our gift records office at 1-800-327-7886.