Company Match reaching those that we are sponsoring

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I feel that the company matches I have been doing for the past two years are not reaching the children we are sponsoring. I have seen nothing from them or Compassion regarding the matches my company is providing. I have included my sponsors numbers when the matches are requested to my company and they are listed there on my approvals that I receive back from my company. Can you please provide clarity on this and thank you in advance?
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Collin Bartley

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Jenny Kim

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Hi! I would like to know what company match is about. Does that mean you get to sponsor children without paying sponsorship?
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Teresa Dawn

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I don't know,  Compassion would probably have to answer that one, but I think it's mainly up to the Company.  You could ask them to donate to a certain fund/child gift/sponsor a kid probably and see what the company says and if they agree Compassion will help set it up.  
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Interesting. I would expect the Company match for sponsorship funds to go into general funds. You can only give a child two gifts a year -- so if the Company match was being given as a child gift, after the first two months, that would be exhausted.  plus compassion does not want gifts being given regularly to the family such that they would begin to depend on it.  I have never had Company match on a regular donation. When I worked for a company that did it, it was for the once a year type donations that I used it for.
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@Sarah most companies I expect don't match every month but more give a gift based on the annual tax receipt once a year.  And some people even pay their sponsorships a year a time.  That's how I've always assumed it was done too though... and I suspect most DO go to general funds, I just know I've seen in the past that people have asked if it could go as gifts to the sponsor kid and it was approved.  I imagine Compassion has to put the funds where whoever is donating the funds requests them to go or they could be in trouble when it comes to accountability, so if a Company says they want the funds directed as a financial gift for a certain child they can't just say "oh we'll put it to the disaster fund instead" any more than the could if an individual asked for that.  Sponsorship is about $450 a year which is lower than the maximum family gift of $1000 by over half, so if a company asked for an annual gift to a child for $450 upon annual receipts by their employee, I think it'd be fine. 
That being said, that is still a lot of money for one child/family and Compassion would probably PREFER it be given to the general funds given the choice I would guess. 
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Oh. I should have thought of the possibility of paying a year at a time!
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We'll have to wait for COmpassion's official answer too, like I said, I've seen it done in the past but it was quite far in the past and I don't think much about it since my company won't do it haha.  Things could have changed since then too.  
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Hi Collin! Thank you so much for your generous heart to bless your kiddos with your love, support, and special gifts! We appreciate that you are taking advantage of your company’s willingness to match your gifts. At Compassion, monies received through company matching gifts support urgent and critical needs Compassion’s children face that sponsorship donations alone can’t cover – needs like disaster relief, lack of clean water, extra medical bills, technical and vocational education, unsponsored children, and much more. Therefore, undesignated matching gifts will automatically be applied to either our Partners of Compassion fund or our Where Most Needed fund. I believe that sponsors have been able to designate matching gifts to go towards a specific child as a child/family gift or to a specific fund (i.e. Christmas Gift Fund). However, I am currently waiting for confirmation on this from the Matching Gifts team, and I will follow up with you as soon as I receive a response from them. In the meantime, you are welcome to learn more information on our Matching Gifts page online. Thank you for your patience :). 
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Hello everyone! I have some updated news regarding your questions about matching gifts. Matching gifts cannot be applied to specific children as support. The reason for this is that when we confirm the donations of the supporters to the company, we are entering a legal agreement that the matching funds will not be used for religious purposes. Because of this stipulation, we are no longer applying matching funds to specific child support or other commitments. Instead, matching gift donations will be applied to a special matching gifts fund where we prefer the money to be applied, and this fund acts like a Most Needed fund for critical physical needs. This fund has been set up to ensure we are being good stewards of these funds and not breaching our agreement. The donations received directly from supporters will always be applied as the supporter requests. These special stipulations only apply to the matching portion. These funds are applied and receipted on the account of the company that sent in the funds. Even though the matching funds are matching supporter contributions, it is the company that is sending the money. Therefore, the company receives the confirmation of the donation, and that is why you do not receive a giving statement for them. If you would like confirmation of your matching gifts, I encourage you to ask your company for the confirmation they would have received :). Please rest assured that we have wonderful staff in our processing department who ensures each and every matching gift donation is applied correctly. I sincerely apologize for any confusion or concern regarding how matching gift donations are received. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, and we’ll be happy to help you! Have a blessed day!

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