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Mo Bro Chris & Mo Sister Lila
14 September 2021

What's gift matching and how do I get it?

Movember
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Speed. Invisibility. Astral travel. The list of dreamed-of superpowers is long and just plain peculiar (FYI, Stan Lee always said the greatest superpower was luck). When it comes to good deeds, you too might have a secret superpower. Especially if you work for an organization or company.

GIFT MATCHING YOU SAY…

Your superpower could be gift matching. Many organizations, big and small, offer this as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Basically, they match the donation you make or funds you raise for a worthy cause. 

Your donors may also be eligible for gift matching from their organizations. Ask them to check with their HR rep – and we’ll make sure it gets added to your Mo Space when we get it.

BE THE SQUEAKY WHEEL FOR GOOD

Your workplace may offer dollar matching, even if no one’s mentioned it. It’s easy to find out. Just ask your manager or someone in HR whether they do it (it's sometimes called corporate matching or internal giving). Some places are even known to triple donations.

If you don’t ask, you won’t know. In fact, we’ve had people tell us they didn’t ask until their fifth Movember. That’s four years of missed gift matching. Imagine how much good could have been done with those extra much-needed funds. To make it easier, you can check if your company has a gift matching program here.

REALLY WORK IT

While you’re at it, why not find out what your company encourages for office fundraising? Hold an end-of-month Shave Down event with your colleagues. Organise a table tennis competition. Run an office trivia. Host an office ‘Lunch ‘n Learn’ about men’s health. They might even offer paid days off for employees to volunteer for non-profit causes. It can’t hurt to pose the question.

If you find asking about dollar matching or office fundraising a bit tricky, then here’s a tip. Start by telling your manager that you’re taking part in Movember. Ask if you can pin up some posters, send an email or post on your company’s intranet. After you’ve broken the ice, lean in and, nice and casual-like, toss them the question. We know you’ll do us proud.

For additional information regarding gift matching, please email giftmatching.us@movember.com or give us a call at 310-450-3399.

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