Judging by the number of pumpkin-spiced products lining the walls of my local Trader Joe’s grocery store, Thanksgiving is near. Some of us are already scrambling to find gifts for our loved ones; others in the midst of planning family feasts. But well-wrapped presents are not the only type of giving on many of our minds this time of year.
As the weather chills, many wonderful supporters like you give joy not only to the friends and family you hold dear, but also to those who do not have the family or personal means to make the holidays special. Vinfen established our Holiday Giving Program in 1992 to provide a small token to the people we serve. And after twenty-five years and more than 50,000 holidays made brighter, we have seen just how much of a difference a single person can make.
The way I see it, even one holiday made more hopeful is a victory. But what if you could double your impact at no additional cost?
With matching gifts, you can! Many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage employees to contribute to charity. Most match your gift dollar-for-dollar, while others will double or even triple the amount you give.
If you are interested in asking your company to match your gift this year, contact your Human Resources Office. The process for submitting a matching gift request is different for each company. Some companies require a completed paper form, others have an online system, and others request that claims be filed by phone. If your company does provide a matching gift form, please complete it and send it to:
950 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
Some companies require signed originals, but others may accept faxed or emailed forms. Please check with your employer to be sure. Forms can be faxed to the Vinfen Development Office at 617-441-1801 or emailed to Vinfen’s Development and Special Events Manager Ann Bausman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once Vinfen receives your form or online request, we’ll take care of the rest.
Many companies match the gifts of retirees, spouses, surviving spouses, and outside directors as well. You may also be able to find information on your company’s matching gift policy using Blackbaud’s Matching Gift database.
I hope all of you who can take advantage of your companies’ matching gift programs this holiday season. It makes all the difference in the lives of the people we serve.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for transforming lives together with Vinfen.