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Matching Gifts

You can drastically increase your fundraising total by having your donors apply for matching gifts! Many companies have matching gift and volunteer incentive programs to maximize their financial contributions to non-profit organizations. This means they will match their employees’ donations to non-profits, increasing your fundraising total and bringing us closer to a world free of MS. Check for eligibility here:

How it works:

  • Send an email to all your donors explaining the benefit of utilizing their company’s matching gift program.
  • Ask your donors to contact their company’s HR department to learn about their company’s matching gift policies and procedures. 
  • Follow the procedure outlined by your company’s matching gift program; printed materials may be mailed to:

National MS Society New York City - Southern New York Chapter
Attn: Bike MS Matching Gifts
733 Third Ave., Third Floor
New York, NY 10017 

  • Our staff will send confirmation to the donor’s company. Upon receipt of the matching gift check, we will credit your Bike MS NYC fundraising efforts with the amount.  

While this process may take up to several months, if we have received the matching gift paperwork by the fundraising deadline of November 7, 2014, we will include the pending donation in your Bike MS NYC fundraising total. 

It is that easy to increase your fundraising total, moving us closer to a world free of MS.

If you have any questions, see below or contact us at or 212-463-9791.

Frequently Asked Questions about Matching Gifts

1. What is a matching gift?

A matching gift is a gift from a donor’s employer that matches the donor’s original gift. Most employers match dollar for dollar.

2. How do I know if my employer has a matching gifts program?

Search for your employer below or ask your human resources staff or visit your company’s intranet.

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3. Where do I get a matching gift form?

Forms are available only from your employer. If it’s not clear who to ask at your company, talk to your human resources staff. Some companies have an online matching gifts program so you don’t need to fill out a physical form.

4. What do I do with the form when I’ve filled it out?

Refer to the instructions on the matching gift form, but usually the next step is to mail or fax it to the chapter (please include the participant’s name):

National MS Society New York City - Southern New York Chapter
Attn: Bike MS NYC Matching Gifts
733 Third Ave., Third Floor
New York, NY 10017

5. If I enter the donor’s gift and the matching gift through my participant center, do I enter them as one gift (lump sum)?

No, they are two separate gifts. Please enter only the employee’s gift and mail/ electronically submit the matching gift form. The chapter will enter the match.

6. How will I know when the matching gift has been paid?

Check the “My Progress” section of your participant center. Gifts labeled “Unconfirmed” have not been received by the chapter yet. It usually takes months to receive payment for matching gifts. Even though they are not yet paid, you will receive credit for matching gifts for prize purposes.

Have another question? Email or call us at 212-463-9791.

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