by Brian Tomasik
First written: 28 May 2015; last update: 28 May 2015

## Summary

Many companies offer "matching donations" programs in which employees can request employers to match personal charitable donations up to some annual limit. This page compiles the biggest matching limits that I've come across.

Soros Fund Management matches at a 3:1 ratio up to $100K per year. See this page for further info. ##$200K/year: Arch Insurance Group

This page gives some info about Arch's matches, but it doesn't specify the matching limit. From someone who works at Arch, I confirmed that the annual matching limit per employee is $200K. I don't know if the matching program is only for Arch Insurance Group or for all members of Arch Capital Group. According to the application form for matching gifts: Arch operates a 1:1 matching gift program for certain gifts by Arch employees. To qualify for a matching gift, your organization must be recognized by the IRS as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions under Section 170(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, and as a public charity and not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. More info on the company: Because the company has more employees than Soros Fund Management and is probably less elite, it's likely easier to get hired at Arch than Soros. On the other hand, you might not earn$200K/year at Arch, so your ability to take advantage of the whole match amount isn't clear, at least until you got a very senior role at the company.

The kinds of jobs available include actuarial, software, IT, finance, legal, marketing, etc.

## $200K/year: W. K. Kellogg Foundation The foundation focuses on anti-poverty work, mostly in the USA. Its three goals are Educated Kids, Healthy Kids, and Secure Families. According to the Foundation Directory Online: The foundation matches gifts of all full-time employees, officers, trustees, and retired employees to eligible organizations having status as a public institution under Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and foreign charitable organizations determined equivalent to a U.S. Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) organization. This includes schools, government units, hospital or medical research facilities, religious organizations, and public-supported charities. Only direct gifts of cash or marketable securities to the charity by an eligible donor will be matched. The minimum gift is$25 and the maximum is $100,000 per eligible donor per calendar year. The maximum total corporate payout per employee, per year is$200,000. Gifts are matched on a two-to-one ratio.

Interestingly, the above passage mentions "retired employees". I assume that means employees who are actually retired rather than who have just moved on to a new job? If you have enough income to donate large amounts in retirement, the ability to match even in retirement could be a big deal. That said, unless you're close to retirement age already, it seems rather unlikely the matching program will still be around and offer retirement matching when you retire several decades from now. Also, if you donate to non-poverty-related causes, people might look down upon you for redirecting the foundation's money away from needy children in the USA.

Pay seems quite high for a nonprofit.