Thank you for your interest in employer gift and volunteer time matching. Above all, thank you for all you do to support Girl Scouts of Connecticut!
Double your impact by submitting your volunteered time or donation to your employer’s matching program.
Anyone employed by a company participating with a gift matching program is eligible! You don't have to be a Girl Scout, have a child who is a Girl Scout, or be in any way affiliated with Girl Scouts. Even retirees of some companies also qualify for this benefit. Reach out to your Human Resources department to find out if that includes you!
Reach out to your Human Resources department to find out if your company participates in a gift matching or volunteer time matching program. If they do not currently have a program, don't despair! Many companies begin their gift matching programs because of employee interest. Let yours know how they can support you and your values by encouraging them to offer gift matching. We'd love for more people to have this excellent opportunity!
If a monetary donation is made from a joint account with an employee eligible for gift matching, then yes, it qualifies for that company's program! Unfortunately, volunteer time matching must be performed by the eligible employee for matching consideration.
Any donation or gift of volunteered time to Girl Scouts of Connecticut is eligible. And you don't have to choose between them! Even if you both volunteer and donate, all your generous contributions are eligible up to whatever gift matching limit your company might have in place. Donations of stock may even be eligible for employer gift matching. If you're interested in donating stock to Girl Scouts of Connecticut, please email Colleen Corriveau firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details on accepted donations can be found at https://www.gsofct.org/en/give/donate.html in the Ways to Give section.
Yes! Any time volunteered on behalf of Girl Scouts is eligible for gift matching. Whether you're a troop leader, co-leader, cookie manager, chaperone, guest speaker, special expert, mentor, coach, event volunteer, or just participating for adult coverage, your time can be submitted for matching consideration. Even behind-the-scenes support counts (i.e. treasurer, event planning, attending a volunteer learning event, workshop, and more)!
Most employers provide online forms that take about 3 minutes to fill out. Just access your internal employee portal and follow the steps! You'll be asked to enter the name of the nonprofit organization (Girl Scouts of Connecticut), the EIN (06-0662134), whether you're submitting time or money, and how much or how many hours you're submitting for matching. It's an easy process and a simple way to double your impact!
If you cannot find an established account for GSOFCT, please have your employer contact:
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
340 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106
(800) 922-2770 or email email@example.com
Our staff will send your employer the documentation required to set up the account.
Please note: When requesting a donation, please only use the account for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Do not set up a separate account for your troop/group or service unit, as troops/groups or service units are considered subdivisions of the council and therefore do not have separate tax exemption status. Doing so will result in the following:
· The account set up for your troop/group or service unit will be closed.
· GSOFCT staff will need to call the employer to have them move the gift into the GSOFCT main account.
· The processing of the gift will be delayed and may miss the deadline set by the employer’s charitable giving program.
Any questions should be directed to (800) 922-2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should submit your gift within a year of giving. Some people choose to submit the sum of their yearly donations and volunteer hours, and some people submit on a monthly basis. Check with your Human Resources department to decide the schedule that's best for you and your employer.
Employer matching funds designated to Girl Scouts of Connecticut help provide every Girl Scout with the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. These funds support our financial assistance, camp operations, and exciting hands-on programs throughout Connecticut. Employer matching contributions help remove barriers and make Girl Scout programming more accessible. By participating in gift matching, you help to multiply that impact!
Matching gifts and volunteer time matching gifts can be designated to a specific troop/group/service unit or they can be directed to the council for the benefit all Girl Scouts in Connecticut. Troops/groups or service units are allowed to receive a maximum of $1,000.00 per fiscal year in donations, which includes matching gifts and volunteer time matches. GSOFCT’s fiscal year runs October 1 through September 30. All donations requesting a matching gift, a tax receipt, and/or are $250 or more must go through GSOFCT as they are the nonprofit entity with the legal status of tax exemption. Please note that donations made directly to a troop/group/service unit cannot be matched – only gifts made to GSOFCT. Further information can be found in the Troop Finances, Working with Sponsors and Other Organizations section of Volunteer Essentials:
When requesting the matching gift, follow the same directions as listed above. There will be an area in your employer’s request portal where you can specify the designation of your gift. Use this field to include the information on which troop/group/service unit you would like GSOFCT to send the funds to once received.
Allow ample time when processing the donation or matching gift or requesting volunteer hours from the employer. Familiarize yourself with the employer’s charitable giving program deadlines and timeline for processing gifts.
In order for the troop/group/service unit to receive the gift, you must notify GSOFCT that you have submitted a matching gift or volunteer time match to your employer by contacting customer care at (800) 922-2770 or email@example.com . This ensures that council can properly approve the match and ensure that the funds are directed to the appropriate troop/group/service unit. Once the funds are received by GSOFCT, they will be processed and distributed to the appropriate troop/group/service unit every other week via an EFT to their checking account.
• Gifts that are directed to a troop/group or service unit must be used for the benefit of the
entire troop/group or service unit and not for a specific individual(s).
• If your troop/group or service unit receives a check or cash over $250 directly from a parent, guardian, organization, etc. please send the donation to GSOFCT. GSOFCT will process the donation, issue it to the designated troop/group or service unit, and provide a tax receipt to the donor. Do not deposit the check/cash into your troop/group or service unit bank account.
• If your troop/group or service unit has reached the $1,000 limit for the current fiscal year, the balance of the gift(s) will be designated to benefit another Girl Scout through the GSOFCT Girl Assistance Fund.
The full details on troops/groups/service units accepting donations can be found in the Troop Finances, Working with Sponsors and Other Organizations section of Volunteer Essentials.
If you have any questions, please contact the Fund Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member will promptly contact you.