Did you know that more than $10 billion in employer matching of charitable donations goes unclaimed each year? Employers typically match their employees’ donations up to a certain dollar amount per employee per year.  All funds not utilized by employees by the end of the calendar year are never distributed to charities.

Matching donation programs are a large part of corporations’ social responsibility initiatives. According to, many corporate employees do not know that their employer will match their charitable donations. As a result, billions of dollars that can go to deserving nonprofits toward vital social programs are never distributed. Workplace giving programs are responsible for about $5 billion in charitable giving each year, but greater awareness could lead to at least a tripling of that figure. Each year, the IPPF receives a handful of company-matched donations. Of the 623 donations received in 2015, 12 donations (or 1.9%) were matched by employers for an additional $1,250. Imagine if that number were 5%, 10% … or even a lofty 25%?

To help our donor community maximize their gifts, the IPPF has added the ability to search and see if your employer has a matching donation program through To see if your employer has a matching donation program, check the box next to “Would you like your employer to match?”  Find your employer in the list and enter your work email address. That’s it!  DonateDouble is an end-to-end employer matching service. By actively managing the match process, DonateDouble minimizes work donors are typically asked to complete by their employer.  For example, when required by companies, DonateDouble auto-fills match forms and sends them to donors for e-signature.  This also minimizes the effort for the IPPF by organizing and driving the match process on our behalf.

When you make your next donation, please “Check the Box” and see if your employer is on the list. You can also contact your HR department for assistance. If you have any questions, feel free to call the office and speak to Monique, Noelle, or myself. You can also email us at

Thank you and let’s “Check the Box” in 2016 to maximize every dollar donated!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Now, there’s #GivingTuesday, a global day for giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, nonprofits, families, businesses, and everyday people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. #GivingTuesday leverages the power of social media and the generosity of human nature to bring about real change by encouraging and amplifying small acts of kindness.

You donate, share on your social media outlets, someone else donates, and the cycle repeats all day long.

It’s a simple idea and it’s easy to join in. Here’s how #GivingTuesday works:

On December 1, tell your story on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about why you contribute to the IPPF and how your friends and followers can too. You donate, share on your social media outlets, someone else donates, and the cycle repeats all day long. It’s important that day to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday #healourskin and #putitonyourradar so that we generate a groundswell of support and awareness for the IPPF.

Why is the IPPF participating this year? Because we’re ready to make this one-day event a success. The IPPF’s social media presence has skyrocketed thanks to: the hard work of Noelle Madsen (IPPF Patient Services Coordinator); the regular Facebook and Twitter activity of our Peer Health Coaches (March Yale, Mei Ling Moore, and Jack Sherman); the growing footprint of our Awareness Campaign; and last, but certainly not least, the participation of our P/P Community.

Last year, #GivingTuesday raised more than $53 million for nonprofits around the world. That proves the explosive power of social media sharing (liking, sharing, retweeting, etc.).

I ask you to remember the IPPF on December 1, 2015, and be a part of #GivingTuesday. Remember to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday #healourskin #putitonyourradar to help us keep track of our community’s efforts.