Are you making the most of matching gifts?

We talk about matching gifts quite a bit and want to make sure the team fully understand what they are and how to take advantage of what they have to offer.

What is a matching gift?
A matching gift is a charitable donation by a corporation that matches an employee’s donation to an eligible nonprofit organization, most often dollar for dollar. Thousands of companies across the United States (and some companies internationally) offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of a corporate giving philanthropy. This means millions of individuals are eligible to participate in a matching gift program. In addition, 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer a matching gift program, and some companies even double, triple, or quadruple donations!

Why are matching gifts important?
Matching gifts are valuable because they double gifts for your fundraising and the non-profit. It gives you more bang for your fundraising, so to speak. Your organization will receive two donations for the work of soliciting one, and donors love knowing their gifts went twice as far.

How do I receive a matching gift for my fundraising efforts?
Ask your employer if your company has a matching gift program; ask your donors if their company has a matching gift program. If they do, follow the simple steps below to ensure you are maximizing your fundraising efforts.

Step 1: Complete the required paperwork for your company; note that each company has their own form. Make sure your donors have completed any required paperwork as well. If the company has an electronic form follow the instructions on the online form and include the following Brigham contact info on the form.

  • 501c3 Information: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Tax ID: 04-2312909)
  • Brigham Matching gift contact: Kiran Rai
  • Brigham Matching gift contact email: krai1@bwh.harvard.edu
  • Mailing Address: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 2021 Boston Marathon, 116 Huntington Avenue, Third Floor, Boston, MA 02116

Please note: The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center falls under Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Please do not add Stepping Strong as a new company or 501c3, please use the Brigham’s 501c3 number and information.

Step 2: Email BWHmarathonteam@partners.org the confirmation email or document that a matching gift was submitted from ‘X’ company, in the amount of ‘$X’ from ‘X’ employee/donor. All matching gifts will eventually be reflected on your TeamRaiser page.

If you have any questions, please contact us at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

P.S. Our second fundraising incentive milestone is quickly approaching! All runners who raise $4,000+ by July 31 will get their choice of a Stepping Strong cooler tote OR Sherpa blanket!

Do you want to sit on the Green Monster at a Red Sox’s game?!

Fundraising challenge alert: Two lucky teammates will win two tickets for Green Monster seats at an upcoming Red Sox game (date to be mutually agreed upon)!

Here’s how it will work:

  • The challenge will run from July 24 until July 30 at 10AM
  • Winner 1: The individual who raises the MOST money during the challenge timeframe
  • Winner 2: Chance drawing; all teammates who secure 5+ NEW gifts on their fundraising page during the challenge timeframe (of any amount) will be eligible

Winners will be announced Friday (7/30) on the portal.

GOOD LUCK!

A message from Audrey, Steven, and Gillian Reny – Welcome!

Dear Stepping Strong Marathon Team,

Hello! We wanted to send an official welcome to the 2021 Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon Team from our family now that everyone is fully registered with the B.A.A. for the historic 125th Boston Marathon. While we have met some of you on zoom during the first two team meetings, there are many new team members who have recently joined us. So, we just want to say once again how honored we are that you have all chosen to run and support The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation and the work we are doing to transform outcomes for trauma patients like our daughter, Gillian.

We could never have imagined that in seven years we would grow from just 14 marathon runners to 100+ team members, opened a physical center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, funded 37 teams of physician-scientists, launched 3 educational fellowships to train the next generation of surgeons and care providers, launched an injury prevention program, and raised more than $23 million! It is truly amazing—and proves that hope and goodness can emerge from even the most awful tragedy. We are also proud to share that we are now changing lives with Stepping Strong funded research. There are 26 individuals who have regained their mobility and are living their lives in ways that they never dreamed were possible thanks to our inaugural Stepping Strong Innovator, Dr. Matt Carty and his revolutionary Ewing Amputation procedure. Three of these patients have participated on our Stepping Strong running teams, completing the B.A.A. 5K and Falmouth Road Race and have even set their sights on running the Boston Marathon in the future.

We can’t wait to get to know you. The team is large, so it may take a while, but please know, it means so much to us to develop a friendship with each of you, so keep on reaching out. We will host our first small team gathering on zoom tonight, on Monday, 7/19 and Tuesday 7/20 in Boston Common (there is still time to RSVP!) and there will be other social events and surprises along the way that we hope will make your marathon experience something extra special.

You are runners of all ages from across the country with incredible personal stories that brought you to our team, and we are so inspired by each of you. With your gritty determination, you have made this year’s Stepping Strong team one of our best yet. It is extra special that we will finally be able to connect in person after this long pandemic year in isolation.  We are confident that if we all “Step Strong” together from now until October 11, everyone will cross their finish line with great pride in knowing that we have accomplished something extraordinary—as individuals and collectively for the benefit of others.

With heartfelt gratitude,  

Audrey, Steven and Gillian Reny

B.A.A. Registration and Reminders

B.A.A. Registration

B.A.A. registration emails were sent on Friday! You should have received an email from the B.A.A. to complete your registration and pay the $395 registration fee. Friendly reminder that this fee does not count towards your fundraising efforts and MUST be completed by July 13 at 5PM. If you have any questions, please contact bwhmarathonteam@partners.org.

Weekly Newsletter from Team Coach John Furey

Make sure you are signed up to receive John’s weekly email updates to keep you informed, educated and motivated for this season’s Boston Marathon training. Click here to subscribe and click here to review past newsletters.

Small Team Gatherings

Join the Reny family and get to know your fellow Marathon teammates! RSVP by clicking on the date you want below. Please only RSVP for one of the following dates:

If you have any questions, please contact us at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org.

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa

B.A.A. Registration, Marathon Madness and Swag…OH MY!

B.A.A. Registration

B.A.A. registration emails were sent today! You should have received an email from the B.A.A. to complete your registration and pay the $395 registration fee. Friendly reminder that this fee does not count towards your fundraising efforts and MUST be completed by July 13 at 5PM. If you have any questions, please contact bwhmarathonteam@partners.org.

Marathon Madness

Congratulations are in order for our June Marathon Madness winners! Jon Custodio raised the most money and Emma Sullivan received the most donations. You have some swag heading your way!

Don’t forget, the individual who raises the most money OR receives the most donations at the end of each month will receive swag! On October 1, the top fundraiser and top individual who receive the most donations during the challenge will receive an official Boston Marathon jacket.

Welcome Gifts

We were busy bees at the office today sending out special welcome gifts to all of you! Be on the lookout for a bright pink package from UPS that should arrive by Wednesday!  The first team fundraising incentive that you selected will also be included in this package.

Update on Long Runs and Hill Runs

There is no group long run this weekend (July 3). Group long runs will resume on Saturday, July 10. The first group hill run starts on Wednesday, July 7. The team will meet in Boston Commons at 6:30pm (same spot as long runs, corner of Beacon and Charles).

If you have any questions, please contact us at bwhmarathonteam@partners.org.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July Weekend!

From start to finish,

Ali and Alexa