Matching Gifts FAQ

  1. What is a matching gift?
  2. How do I know if a company will offer a matching gift for a donation?
  3. How does a donor apply for a matching gift?
  4. The matching gift company has a list of non-profit organizations to choose from; which name should I pick?
  5. Can a donor mail the matching gift form to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®?
  6. How long will it take for the 3-Day to process a matching gift form and mail it back to the matching gift company?
  7. How long will it take for the matching gift company to cut a check for the matching gift?
  8. What will happen if a matching gift is not approved by a matching gift company?
  9. Where should I mail the matching gift form?
  10. Will a matching gift count toward the participant’s minimum fundraising goal?
  11. What should I do if I can't find my company in the matching gifts search?


1. What is a matching gift?
A matching gift is when a person makes a donation to a non-profit organization and their employer donates an equal or greater amount to the same group. A matching gift is a great way for a donor to double their contribution to the fight against breast cancer.

2. How do I know if a company will offer a matching gift for a donation?
Visit the Matching Gifts page and search for the name of the company. If the company has matched for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® in the past, it should appear in the search results. If you do not see the name of the company listed in our search tool, select the “new company” link on the Matching Gifts page and fill out the web form to request your company be added to the list. You will be contacted via email after we have confirmed whether the company does or does not match for the Komen 3-Day.

3. How does a donor apply for a matching gift?
To make a matching gift, first go to the Matching Gifts page and use our search tool to look up the name of a company. If the company is in our database, select it and you will see the specific instructions for that company’s matching gifts process. Different organizations have different requirements and procedures, so please look up each company individually.

If you do not see the name of the company listed in our search tool, select the “new company” link and fill out the web form to request your company be added to the list. You will be contacted via email after we have confirmed whether the company does or does not match for the 3-Day®.

4. The matching gift company has a list of non-profit organizations to choose from; which name should I pick?
In order for a participant to receive credit for a matching gift, it is very important to choose “Susan G. Komen 3-Day” as the designated recipient. Even though the 3-Day is a Susan G. Komen® event, please do not choose “Susan G. Komen” generally, any Susan G. Komen affiliate, any Komen event other than the 3-Day (such as a Race for the Cure®), or any other charity as the designated organization. It is likely that Susan G. Komen and/or a local Komen affiliate will also be available options from which to choose but, in order for a participant to get credit, please choose the 3-Day event specifically.

The address listed on the company’s database for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day should be:

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
820 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60607

Please note that the name of the event changed in 2010 and companies will not have Susan G. Komen 3-Day listed in their matching gifts database unless a donor has already "nominated" the 3-Day for a matching gift. Nominating the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as a matching gift recipient with your company will then create a record for the 3-Day that all other donors will be able to select. Here is the correct info to submit with the nomination:

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
820 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60607
Tax ID # 75-1835298
Org website: The3Day.org

5. Can a donor mail the matching gift form to the 3-Day?
We recommend that the participant mails the matching gift form. This way, the participant will know exactly when it was mailed, can confirm that their name was included on the form and can confirm that it was mailed to the correct address:

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
820 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60607

If the matching gift company has an online matching gift process, the donor will be responsible for completing the matching gift process via the company’s database.

6. How long will it take for the 3-Day to process a matching gift form and mail it back to the matching gift company?
It can take 5-6 weeks for the 3-Day to process the matching gift form. Once the matching gift form has been processed by the 3-Day, it will be posted on the My Progress page of your Participant Center, under Donation History. The donation type will be listed as “offline unconfirmed.” At this point, the amount of the matching gift will count toward your fundraising minimum.

7. How long will it take for the matching gift company to cut a check for the matching gift?
If the matching company approves the matching gift, the company will send a check for the matching gift according to their company guidelines. Please contact the matching gift company directly to find out how often matching gift checks are cut and mailed, as it varies for each company.

8. What will happen if a matching gift is not approved by a matching gift company?
If a matching gift company does not approve a matching gift the company will contact either the donor or the 3-Day. If the 3-Day is contacted, we will pass the information on to the participant.

9. Where should I mail the matching gift form?
It should be mailed to:

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
820 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60607

We recommend that you make a copy of the matching gift form before mailing it.

10. Will a matching gift count toward the participant’s minimum fundraising goal?
Yes. Once the matching gift form has been processed by the 3-Day, it will be posted on the My Progress page of your Participant Center, under Donation History. The donation type will be listed as “offline unconfirmed.” At this point, the amount of the matching gift will count toward your fundraising minimum.

11. What should I do if I can't find my company in the matching gifts search?
If you didn't find a company in the list, there is a good chance it is no longer eligible, the program has been temporarily suspended, or it is not in the database. Please fill out our new company verification form and we will do some further research on the company you requested. Please allow five days for a response.