GE Participant Eligibility
Eligible participants are limited to:
- Employees of the GE Company or a majority-owned affiliate on the date(s) the gift was made and registered. A valid GE SSO ID is required to register a gift for matching.
- Retirees (U.S.) who retired directly from the GE Company. GE Retiree status must be current on the date(s) the gift was made and registered. A valid GE SSO ID is required to register a gift.
- A surviving spouse of an eligible GE retiree may participate if he/she has attained such status as of December 31, 2014. A valid GE SSO ID is required to register a gift.
- Directors and Directors emeriti of the GE Company on the date(s) the gift was made and registered.
Charitable Organization Eligibility
A. Eligible Charitable Organizations
- Participating organizations must be one of the following (excluding those listed in the “Ineligible Recipient Organizations” section):
- United States:
- Recognized by and registered with the United States I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; or
- Accredited Public PreK-12 Schools or School Districts in the U.S. to which contributions are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States; or
- Accredited Public or Non-Profit Colleges and Universities in the U.S. to which contributions are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
- All Other Countries:
- Recognized by and registered with the United Kingdom Charity Commission as a charitable organization; or
- Recognized by Charities Aid Foundation-America as a charitable organization.
- United States:
- All organizations must be approved by the GE Foundation and must confirm compliance with program criteria to participate in the program.
B. Ineligible Recipient Organizations
Ineligible organizations include, but are not limited to, the following (please note that this list is representative of frequent questions and may be expanded or amended by the GE Foundation):
- United Ways (e.g. United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, United Way of King County, etc.) or GE Employee-led charities (e.g. Good Neighbor Fund, Employee Community Fund, Community Service Fund, etc.). These are supported by the GE Foundation through a separate program.
- Political organizations (partisan organizations or those supporting specific candidates or legislation).
- Religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship), or other organizations primarily promoting religious purposes. Other faith-based community service organizations or schools may be considered eligible if their programs:
- are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief;
- serve a secular purpose, such as food pantry, homeless shelter, or education;
- do not require participation in prayer, worship, or other religious activities as a condition of receiving service(s) offered; and
- do not use the individual donation or resulting match for religious purposes.
- Donor advised funds, private foundations, personal trusts.
- Organizations that do not comply with GE’s non-discrimination policy (i.e. organizations that discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or other characteristic(s) protected by law).
- Organizations that do not comply with the USA Patriot Act (or other applicable anti-terrorism rules/laws).
A. Annual Maximum
- Each eligible GE participant has an annual matching maximum of USD$25,000 (or equivalent) in each calendar year.
B. Eligible Gifts
- Gifts must be a tax-deductible, charitable contribution of USD$25 (or equivalent) or more.
- Gifts must be current contributions made directly by the GE donor to the eligible organization from the GE donor’s own assets. You may not register funds collected from others.
- Gifts must be made, not merely pledged. A matching gift cannot be used to satisfy a personal pledge (e.g. a pledge of $2,000 cannot be satisfied by $1,000 from the donor and $1,000 from the GE Foundation match).
- Gifts may be made via cash, check, debit/credit card or stock. Gifts may also be made by current payment from an entity such as a personal foundation or donor advised fund if that entity has been funded solely by the eligible GE participant (note that gifts made to such an entity cannot be matched).
- Gifts made within the calendar year must be registered by the donor by the following April 15. The recipient organization must confirm receipt of a gift within 12 months of the donor registering the gift.
C. Ineligible Gifts
The GE Foundation will not match the following:
- Charitable contributions made as part of a United Way Giving Campaign and/or made via payroll deduction (i.e. no “double-counting”—United Way Giving Campaigns are supported separately by the GE Foundation).
- Charitable contributions for religious purposes or supporting religious activities and programs, e.g. “Bishop’s Appeal” (or equivalent).
- Charitable contributions supporting political purposes, influencing legislation, or electing candidates.
- Contributions, or portions thereof, that are not considered charitable or tax-deductible (e.g. event registration, admission fees, auction item value, etc.).
- Contributions, or non-deductible portions thereof, which directly or indirectly benefit the donor, his/her family, or other person designated by the donor such as:
- Tuition or other student expenses (including books, services, fees, T&L for volunteer trips, etc.); or
- Individual, family or group membership fees/dues, including alumni dues and subscription fees.
- Donations to a university/college athletic association that allow the donor to purchase tickets to a sporting event.
Note that any non-deductible portion should be declared by the GE donor and/or the recipient charity during the registration and confirmation processes.
- Bequests, insurance premiums, or contributions made through entities such as charitable remainder or lead trusts or charitable gift annuities.
- Real estate, in-kind, or non-monetary contributions (e.g. services, materials, supplies, etc.).
- “Group gifts”—each GE donor must register his/her own contribution for matching (i.e. you cannot register donations from others and claim them as your own).
The GE Foundation reserves the right to examine and exclude organizations, gifts and participants as it deems appropriate.
Download the full Matching Gifts Guidelines.