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Going In On A Gift

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Have you ever “gone in on a gift” with someone?

When I was younger, my brothers and I used to “go in on gifts together” for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and holidays.

By pooling our resources, we were able to give gifts that we may not otherwise have been able to provide on our own. A couple flowers on Mother’s Day, for example, became a dozen.

Giving a shared gift offers a unique sense of shared responsibility and shared excitement. It’s sort of like being in on a cool secret.

The benefits of going in on a gift can be applied to a charitable donation.

Many employers have a Matching Gifts Program, and they will “go in on your charitable gift” with you.

For example, you might be able to turn your $50 donation to St. Louis Area Foodbank into $100. That simple effort could double the impact of your gift from 200 meals to 400 meals!

Sometimes, even the hours you spend volunteering at the Foodbank can be matched with dollars by your employer.

St. Louis Area Foodbank recently launched a new matching gifts program that enables supporters to easily research if their companies have a matching gifts program.

To see if your company matches financial donations, please visit:http://www.stlfoodbank.org/Donate/MatchingGiftsProgram.aspx

To see if your company matches volunteer hours, please visit:

http://www.stlfoodbank.org/Donate/DonateTime/VolunteerMatchProgram.aspx

Patrick Delhougne is a development associate at the St. Louis Area Foodbank

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