We often receive annual appeal donations that include a matching gift from the donor's employer. Is there a better way to handle these other than creating a record for the employer, and soft-crediting the match to the donor?


This is highly dependent on your development department's workflow - but I'd say what you described is the most popular approach.

If you do go this route, you may want to consider installing an extension I wrote called Auto Matching Gift. It's mostly a labor-saver: When you enter the original gift, you select the Matching Gift organization from a list. A pending contribution will be created on their record, and it will be soft-credited to the original donor.

Note that this was developed for an organization that pays for a service of all organizations that match gifts - so if you have to create the organization first, it's not much of a time-saver. Hopefully one day I (or someone else) will improve it to allow adding organizations on the fly.

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    I second that this is probably the popular approach. It is very helpful to have a record of all the employers that are awarding matching gifts while also being able to see what individual is responsible for prompting the gift.
    – RayWright
    Oct 26 '18 at 19:54

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