Matching Gifts Program

Matching Gifts Programs

What is a Matching Gifts Program?
A matching gifts program is a benefit many companies offer in which the company
matches the contributions of their employees to certain charitable organizations. This
benefit may also be available to retired employees, part-time employees and board
members. Over a thousand companies have matching gifts programs, most commonly
with a match ratio of one to one.

What is the procedure?
Typically, the employee/donor obtains a matching gift form from their employer,
completes it, and sends it with their check made out to Wycliffe or SIL as appropriate.
We certify that the gift has been received, and we return the form to the company for
the match. There are variations, some of which involve dedicated websites, for the
verification of matching gifts.

Will all companies match gifts made to Wycliffe?
Some companies will not match gifts made to Wycliffe, but they will match gifts made to
SIL. Charitable organizations that may receive matching gifts typically include
educational and other non-profit organizations, and less commonly, organizations with a
religious mission. Therefore, gifts may be made to SIL instead of Wycliffe—simply note a
specific member’s ministry as you normally would. It is important that the check for an
SIL gift be made out to SIL and that the matching gift form be completed with consistent
information (SIL name, tax ID number, and address). The ministry partner will receive a
tax deductible receipt from SIL.

How can my ministry partner know whether gifts to Wycliffe or SIL will be matched?
Ministry partners working for other companies that have matching gift programs will
need to check on the guidelines for those programs to determine what types of
organizations qualify for matching gifts. In some instances the guidelines may be
unclear, and the only means of determining with certainty whether a match is possible
will be for the employee to submit an application in conjunction with a contribution. In
these instances it is more likely that a match will be made to a gift to SIL than to a gift
made to Wycliffe.

What if my ministry partner is making a contribution through Online Giving or
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) rather than by check, and the gift needs to be
made to SIL rather than Wycliffe in order to be matched?
Ministry partners may contact us to request that their EFT donations be made to SIL
rather than Wycliffe.

What if my ministry partner sends the form to me but does not include a check?
That is not a problem. Forward the form to us. We will research their giving history to
make certain we have received the funds, complete the form and send it to the
company for the matching funds.

What is our tax ID number (TIN)?
Wycliffe’s TIN is 95-1831097. SIL’s TIN is 75-1840827.

How long does it take for the match to happen?
Companies make matching gift payments monthly, quarterly or annually. A matched gift
could be designated for your account at any time throughout the year, depending on
each company’s matching gift distribution guidelines.

How will I know if my ministry partner’s gift was matched?
You will see the company name on your statement if your ministry partner’s gift was
matched. If for some reason the gift was declined, your ministry partner should receive
a notice from their company telling them we did not qualify.

How far after the fact can requests for matching funds be made?
That depends on the company. Some ministry partners send their requests in as far as a
year after making their gift. Each company establishes its own cycle for matching gifts.
What are appropriate addresses to use for corporate matching gift activity?
Wycliffe Bible Translators
PO Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862-8200

SIL International
PO Box 620122
Orlando, FL 32862-0122

Please make certain that the appropriate name and address is used in order to avoid
any complications in the processing of a matching gift application. Note that gifts and
matching gift documentation for SIL should be sent to the above address—not to Dallas.

The processing and receipting of all gifts, including gifts to SIL, is done in Orlando.


American Express (Just Give) WBT

American International Group WBT

Archer Daniels Midland Corp WBT

Assurant Health Foundation

ATK (Alliant Techsystems) WBT

AT & T United Way E G Campaign WBT

Atomatic Mech. Serv. WBT

BAE Systems SIL

Ball Corporation SIL

Bank of America Foundation SIL

Bank of America United Way Campaign WBT

Bellsouth Corporation WBT


Boston Software Systems WBT

BNSF Railway Co. WBT


Chevron WBT

Cleveland H. Dodge Foundatin WBT

Community Health Charities WBT

Clorox Company Foundation WBT

Conoco-Phillips WBT

Cornerstone Advisors WBT

CSX Corporation WBT

Dun & Bradstreet Corporate SIL

Dell WBT

DST Systems WBT

Duke Energy WBT

Edison International WBT

EOG Resources SIL

ExxonMobil Foundation SIL

Follett Corporation WBT

Freeport McMoran Foundation WBT

Geisse Foundation WBT

General Electric Foundation SILWBT

Global Impact


Google WBT

Goulston Technologies SIL

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo LLC WBT

Greater Kansas Community

Home Depot Foundation WBT

Host Engineering Inc. WBT


J M Smith Foundation WBT

Joshua Green Foundation WBT

Kimberly Clark Foundation SIL

KT Foundation WBT

Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Lab WBT

Merrill Lynch SIL

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust WBT

Microsoft SIL/WBT

Monsanto WBT

Morgan Stanley WBT

Motorola Foundation WBT

Mutual of America WBT

Nestle USA WBT

Noblis WBT

Norfolk Southern WBT

Northrop Grumman (ECHO) WBT

PG & E Corporation WBT

Pfizer Foundation SIL

Pfizer United Way Campaign WBT

PJM Interconnection WBT

Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. WBT

Prudential SIL

Quad Graphics WBT

Regence Employee Giving WBT

Ratheyon Charitable Giving WBT



Sempra for Others WBT

Starbucks SIL

Sun Microsystems WBT

Teledyne Technologies, Inc. WBT

Texas Instrument Foundation WBT

The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation WBT

Thrivent for Lutherans WBT

Travelers Foundation SIL

TransUnion WBT

Truist WBT/SIL

Tyco SIL

Tyndale House Publishers WBT

UBOC Employee Workplace Campaign WBT

Union Pacific

Unum WBT

Verizon Foundation WBT

Wachovia Foundation SIL

Wellpoint WBT

WK Kellogg Foundation WBT

Washington Mutual SIL

Wells Fargo WBT

Wells Manufacturing Company SIL

Williams Companies Inc SIL

Invitation to Partnership

Bringing God’s Word to the Lost
In the fall of 2009, the Chad branch of Wycliffe asked Jim and Judy if they would come to Chad, Africa as manager of facilities maintenance. They got excited about this. But then God put the brakes on and said, “Yes, I want you to go, but not just yet”. That’s when a “Critical” job as Wycliffe Elder Care Facilities Manager came up. The picture started getting clearer. Jim will be filling a current critical need in Tucson, at the same time he’ll be honing his maintenance abilities (Preparing to serve in Chad), they’ll have time to get their French language back up to par, plus some Arabic language and culture training. So God willing, they hope to continue serving Wycliffe in Tucson until leaving for Chad in the spring of 2012.

Home: 63655 E Sienna Pl, Tucson, AZ 85739 (520) 975-0171

Two Roses and a bunch of thorns!

Just returned from a visit to North Carolina. Wycliffe sent Judy and I to a Senior Benefits annual business meeting in Waxhaw, NC. It was to orientate us to my new position and meet the rest of the nation wide staff. So after the meetings we spent some time with some of our kids. We hooked up with our son Josh (second from the right) in Charlotte and then went to his home in Boon, NC, where he is attending Appalachian State University. His major is …….Appropriate Technology and Renewable Resources in Green Building…..  er something like that. Then we went to visit Jody (daughter, fourth from right) and Caleb (son-in-law, third from right). Good visit, all are good kids. Now Jordan, (son, second from the left) lives in Tucson, down by the University. So we see him frequently.

We stopped in at Jaars Aviation to say howdy to the troops there. No, this Kodiak wasn’t there then, but it is a good representation of Jaars. The one here has already gone on to PNG. They have a Cessna 207 they are getting ready for a Soloy Turbine engine installation. Then they plan on sending it to Cameroon, Africa. Its always good to visit the aviation program. Yes, I’d enjoy getting back into it. But just not in a humid environment. Maybe someplace dry, like Chad…… I do admit, each time I go there, I am reminded that my service there was some of the best work times I’ve ever had. If you’re ever thinking about volunteering some time at Jaars, DO IT!

God speaks to the Borana people—nomadic cattle herders in Kenya

The hot desert day was over and a small group of Borana people—nomadic cattle herders in Kenya—sat down under the stars to share news and stories. As SIL translators Jim and Dorothea Lander joined them, an elder began to speak.

“Long, long ago,” he said, “the Borana people had a Book of God. We called it our Boogi Waqa and everyone had a copy. We read it often to learn how to please God. But as the years passed, our books began to wear out until eventually only one remained—the prized possession of an old, old grandfather.

“Those were years of drought, and our people relentlessly battled for survival. Day after day the old man and his family took their cattle out on long searches for grass and water. One day they left behind a cow too weak to keep up with them. Nosing around for food while no one watched, she came upon the last Boogi Waqa…and devoured it! When the old man came home that night, he found only a few pieces of leather binding scattered on the ground. Great sadness filled the camp.

“That night the old man slept fitfully and dreamt that an angel appeared to him. The angel promised that after many years God would send their book back to them. ‘Watch for a strange man from a faraway country,’ said the angel. ‘When he comes, treat him well, for he will bring back your Boogi Waqa.’

“Many years later, the first missionaries came into Borana land. Some of you remember them. They tried to learn our language, and one of them actually wrote a book he said came from God, but we could not read it.” The elder paused, and then with a long sigh, he concluded: “Now, my children, we still wait for the Boogi Waqa.”

Jim and Dorothea were still learning the Borana language, but they understood enough to marvel at the story. A few weeks later, they entertained some Borana men in their home. After dinner and several cups of sweet, creamy tea, a man named Galgalo picked up the Lander children’s English Picture Bible. Galgalo could read it because he’d served in the Kenyan Air Force. He read the story of the Tower of Babel in English, and then told the Borana men what it said in their own language.

Together they looked at the pictures in the Bible and exclaimed, “Look, these men dress just like we do, with flowing clothes and turbans! They pack their camels like we do! And this desert looks just like ours!”
Galgalo turned to Jim and asked, “Is this a Borana book? Is it….could it be.…the Boogi Waqa?”
“Yes,” said Jim. “This is the Boogi Waqa.”

Silently the men stared at Jim and Dorothea. Slowly they turned their gaze back to the book. Long into the night they explored the book, examining the pictures and listening to Galgalo read. Eventually they came to a picture of the Israelites sacrificing a lamb, as God had instructed them to do in the Old Testament.

The men told Jim, “Our fathers taught us that the Boogi Waqa told how to sacrifice a lamb, so that God would forgive our sins. And sure enough here it is in this Boogi Waqa! We still do our animal sacrifices, but some of the missionaries say we should stop. Why is that?”

His heart pounding, Jim took the Bible and turned to Hebrews 10. With Galgalo’s help, he explained that God sent his Son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice for sin. They no longer needed to sacrifice lambs each year because now they could find forgiveness of sin and eternal life by putting their trust in Jesus, who died for their sins once for all!

Health concerns later sent the Landers back to the States, but a Borana man, David Diida, drew on their linguistic and orthographic research to spearhead a revision of the Bible and a very successful literacy program. Countless groups of believers now read their own Book of God all across Northern Kenya.

Dorothea says, “I believe God placed the Boogi Waqa story in Borana history and preserved it in their oral culture so that many years after the original book disappeared, men would seek after God and find in Him eternal life by reading their new Boogi Waqa.”

God left his footprint in the desert sands of Northern Kenya, and he’s left it in many other cultures around the world.