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Matching Gifts

Many businesses and corporations will match contributions to Augustana. Matching gifts are credited to the same fund as the donor's gift and generally match at a ratio of one half to three times the amount. For instance, the match for a gift to The Augustana Fund would also be credited to The Augustana Fund. They vary by the match ratio, maximum annual payout, and minimum amount to be matched. Although companies with matching gift policies will match gifts given by employees, some will also match gifts given by spouses or retirees.

There are two ways to apply a matching gift. The first involves sending a gift to Augustana with your employer's matching gift form, obtained from your employer's human resources office. Augustana verifies the receipt of the gift and returns the form to the employer. The second involves a paperless route where you register your contributions electronically, when available. Regardless of the method used, the end result is the same--Augustana benefits twice from the donor's generosity!

Donors who have their gifts matched receive recognition for the value of their own gift plus the value of the matching gift. You will receive recognition credit for gift club purposes upon receipt of the matching gift notification--whether paper or electronic.

Does your employer offer a matching gift program? We invite you to use our online search directory on this page to find out. This directory includes details of more than 17,000 employer-matching programs, and many of the matching gift forms are provided for downloading and printing right off the directory.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Choice Dollars giving program links members to Augustana College

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offers a convenient way to support Augustana through the Thrivent Choice Dollars program. Thrivent members are eligible to direct Choice Dollars monthly, quarterly, or annually, depending on the financial products they own. We ask Thrivent members to choose Augustana College for your Thrivent Choice Dollars by contacting the Thrivent service center at 1-800-THRIVENT or online at and directing your Choice Dollars to Augustana! Your Choice Dollars will make a lasting impact on Augustana's strength and mission.

To direct Choice Dollars online, follow these 5 easy steps:  Step 1—Visit Step 2—Click on “log in” at the top right of your screen and enter your MyThrivent user ID and password. (If you haven’t registered on, click on “register” to register.) Step 3—Look for your designated Choice Dollars on the right side of the screen. Step 4—Click on “Direct Choice Dollars” in  the Thrivent Choice box on your MyThrivent page. Step 5—Search the catalog of organizations to find Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). Step 6—Click on “Direct Choice Dollars Now” to direct your designated Choice Dollars to benefit Augustana.

Or, direct Choice Dollars by phone by following these 5 easy steps:  Step 1—Call 1-800-847-4836 and when prompted, say “Thrivent Choice.” Step 2—When prompted, say “Choice Dollars.” Step 3—Say or enter your Social Security number. Step 4—Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars or press 2 to hear the Thrivent Choice program terms and conditions. Step 5—A representative will then work with you to direct Choice Dollars to Augustana College.

We invite your questions about utilizing matching gifts in your philanthropy to Augustana College. For more information please contact:

Anne E. Bergren '90
Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
800-798-8100 ext. 7228; 309-794-7228