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Matching Gifts Fund

ORNL sponsors a gift-matching program to engage employees in community outreach through charitable giving. The Matching Gifts Fund recognizes the personal commitments employees make to support the Lab’s external communities and annually offers funds to match financial contributions made to eligible nonprofits and schools. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of available funds and choose how to boost their impact in nearby communities.

How it works for employees

The Matching Gifts Fund operates on the fiscal year (October–September) and is open to active ORNL employees with a minimum of three months of service. Retirees, subcontractors, and vendors are not eligible to participate.

  • A minimum $50 employee contribution is required for each matching request.
  • Requests for one or multiple eligible organizations may be made during the program year
  • Annual matching funds are a limited to $500 maximum per employee
  • Matching contributions limited to $1,000 per organization per fiscal year

How it works for organizations

To be eligible for gift-matching funds, organizations must

  • Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Operate in the counties where ORNL employees live and work
  • Appropriately reflect ORNL’s outreach mission and corporate identity

Eligible recipients

The Matching Gifts Fund is intended to support organization in these categories:

  • Arts and Cultural
  • Community and Environmental
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public and Private Schools (Grades Pre-K through 12)

Ineligible recipients

The Matching Gifts Fund may not be applied to the following:

  • United Way, Community Shares, and other combined appeals
  • Religious or political organizations as well as gifts to seminaries, theological institutions, and Bible colleges
  • Organizations whose policies are inconsistent with national equal employment opportunity policies or discriminate against a person or a group because of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, disability, gender, political affiliation, or age
  • Fraternities, sororities, honor societies, and campus organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Intermediary funding groups that raise money to distribute to other groups
  • Private foundations and/or individuals
  • In-kind gifts
  • Organizations whose purpose or policies are inconsistent with ORNL’s corporate giving strategy and guidelines

How to apply

Employees—To request a matching gift, employees should complete Section A of the Matching Gifts Fund Application and mail it, along with their financial gift, to the eligible organization.

Note: For walks, runs, and bike-a-thons, only the employee's own donation will be matched, not the collected team donation. A copy of the employee pledge sheet must be attached to the Matching Gift Fund Application and returned by the benefiting organization with verification of the employee's contribution.

Organizations—An authorized employee or board of directors’ president of the nonprofit organization should complete Section B of the Matching Gifts Fund Application and return it to the Matching Gifts Funds Program Coordinator.

Matching Gifts Fund applications must be returned with the appropriate information and signatures and processed within one year after the financial gift is received. After that time, the gift will no longer be eligible for matching.

After the completed form is received, the Matching Gifts Funds Program Coordinator will verify the eligibility of the organization and the gift. The appropriate matching contribution will be mailed to the organization at the end of the quarterly application period. Matches will be batched and processed for payment quarterly, as follows:

  • Received by 3/31 - Processed by 4/30
  • Received by 6/30 - Processed by 7/31
  • Received by 9/30 - Processed by 10/31
  • Received by 12/31 - Processed by 1/31


Send the completed Matching Gifts Fund Application to or mail to

ORNL Communications Division
Matching Gifts Fund Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6266

Questions? Contact

The company reserves the right to amend, revise, suspend or terminate this program at any time.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle LLC for the US Department of Energy. Please read the Community Engagement Guidelines for nonprofit giving here.

Updated 1/23/20