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What is a matching gift?

A matching gift is when a company, organization, or group you work for or belong to matches a percentage of your direct contribution to a non-profit organization, such as Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Some match 1:1 others 2:1.

Click here to search for your company’s matching gift program. This link will take you to the portal of participating companies where you can sign up to double your donation today! Thanks!

 What is a volunteer grant?

Corporate volunteer grants, also known as Dollars for Doers grants, are programs established by companies to encourage their employees to get involved in community service. Through volunteer grant programs, a company gives money to non-profit organizations, such as Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America, based on how many hours its employees spend volunteering. Each company has slightly different guidelines, but there are a few common elements. An individual employee must meet a minimum number of volunteer hours in a year before a grant is disbursed.

Note: The time you already spend implementing Scouting programs including outdoor programs and leadership counts as volunteer hours at the unit, district, and council levels!

Click here to search for your company’s volunteer grant program. This link will take you to the portal of participating companies where you can sign up for a volunteer grant today! Thanks!

What is the money from a matching gift or volunteer grant used for?

Matching gifts and volunteer grants are intended for the parent organization, (Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America), to support the annual program, and we must substantiate our status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the match or grant to be approved. Every gift contributed is recorded and the appropriate recognition and reporting requirements are followed. 

For more information please email Beth Ferstler, Development Assistant at beth.ferstler@scouting.org  or call her at 610-696-2900 ext. 117.

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