Matches and Challenges

Everything you ever wanted to know about how matches and challenges work!

Matches and Challenges represent an incredible opportunity to leverage your giving to encourage others to join you in making a meaningful contribution.

Matches and Challenges differ in that a Match will match dollars/donors as they come in, while Challenges unlock ONLY IF a certain threshold is reached. Additionally, donors have the ability to restrict Matches to specific groups of people while Challenges cannot be restricted.

 

Matching Gifts

A Match can be set up as matching $X per donor OR $X per $1 donated. For example, "Anna Anderson is matching $20 per donor up to $400" OR “Ben Baker is matching $2 per $1 donated up to $1,000”. In order to create your own Match, you must first select a designation from the ‘Designation’ dropdown field AND check off the ‘Match your affiliation, your class, a designation or a list of friends’ box on the Match or Challenge form.

In order to create your own Match, you must first select a designation from the ‘Designation’ dropdown field AND check off the ‘Match your affiliation, your class, a designation or a list of friends’ box on the Match or Challenge form.

Set up your match
Set up your match
 

Challenges

A Challenge is set up in such a way that a donor will give $X if Y number of donors give OR the donor will give $X if $Y is donated. For example, “Charlie Cromer will give $10,000 if 300 donors give” OR ”Denise Duffy will give $10,000 if $100,000 is donated”. Challenges are all-or-nothing in that the dollars are not released unless the threshold specified in the terms of the Challenge is met.

 
Set up your challenge
Set up your challenge
 
 
 

To learn more or to set up a match or challenge before October 9 please contact Jessica Pfahler, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at (909) 607-7559 or jpfahler@cmc.edu.