Donor Advised Fund Donations — Matched! — Update
March 7, 2017
Update May 16, 2017
Please note, that the program was apparently changed in April and back-dated to be effective as of January 1, 2017. Check the updated criteria at the link below.
The story below, originally published March 7, 2017, was based upon information available to us at that time. Apparently the guideline has changed.
In particular, “Program Exclusions” on page 2 includes “Donor Advised Funds” as one of those excluded sources.
The current guidelines, dated January 1, 2017, provide an updated statement of the program, now identified as the Safe & Smart Matching Gift Program. (click on the title to view the updated guidelines and application form.)
The form is also available on the Johnson Controls International website at: Philanthropy and Social Responsibility
Story as Published March 7, 2017
Are you aware that donations made through your Donor Advised Fund can be matched by the Foundation? Yes they can, but it is important to note that the donation is coming from a Johnson Controls retiree on the donation form.
Here’s a procedure that President Gene Strehlow has been using successfully:
Johnson Controls matching funds for a Donor Advised Fund donation
- Have a specific person at the school or arts organization that you will send both the completed JCI Foundation form and the Donor Advised Fund check. I always give them a heads up email that I am sending the JCI Foundation form and requesting a Donor Advised Fund check, so they can watch for both and match them up. This usually takes about one week for them to receive both.
- When requesting the check from the Donor Advised Fund, have them send it to the attention of that same person you sent the completed JCI Foundation form to.
- Make sure that the Donor Advised Fund’s paperwork includes identification of you as the source of the funds. (Don’t make it Anonymous).
- The charity officially needs both a check from you and the JCI Foundation form in their hands before forwarding the JCI Foundation form on to JCI to receive the matching dollars.
This process has worked flawlessly for multiple charities and for several years.
It is important for the Foundation to know that the contribution is coming from a Johnson Controls retiree on the donation form so the match can be applied.
OH, and here’s the link for you to download the Matching Gift Form. (Note, outdated link disconnected)
And here’s more information on Policies and Guidelines for Making Contributions (Note, outdated link disconnected)