Michael V. Bernot , Vice President of Advancement at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, is a firm believer in amplifying the power of donations.  Lake Catholic never misses the opportunity to check with donors to see if they might be eligible for employer matching gift funds.

According to Bernot, "We've found that most of our donors either don't know they are eligible for matching gifts, or don't think it will make enough of an impact to justify the effort to apply.  The truth is quite the contrary, many of them are eligible, and with our help in making the forms and needed information easily accessible, Lake Catholic has reaped the benefits of this under-utilized fundraising stream."

Bernot made matching gifts a front and center part of Lake Catholic's annual giving program by identifying regional and national matching gift employers, and linking, when possible, to their online forms.  Now donors know where to look to see if they're eligible for up to two to one matching funds for each donation.  And more importantly, donors know how much each dollar means to Lake Catholic High School.

Check out Lake Catholic's Corporate Matching Gift web page, and consider whether a similar approach might benefit your organization.  If you want to find out where your donors are employed, consider a wealth screening and/or employment screening.

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