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Matching charitable contributions

A connected organization may encourage contributions to the SSF by pledging to match all or a portion of a contributor’s gift to the SSF with a donation to charity. The employee or member making the SSF contribution may designate a charity to receive the matching gift from the connected organization, but he or she may not personally receive any financial or tangible benefit (such as a tax deduction or a premium from the recipient charity) as a result of the connected organization’s gift.

Note that the connected organization may make charitable donations to match contributions to its SSF from both the restricted class and other employees (during special “twice-yearly solicitations” — See Twice-yearly solicitations of expanded class) as long as all regulations are followed for soliciting the two groups.