Some corporations can match donations for non-profits

Tom Meador, formerly of Easton and father of Barlow alumni, found that the company he works for will match donations to non-profit organizations. Mr. Meador was able to get Pfizer to donate $1,000 annually to the Joel Barlow High School Parent Teacher Student Association. — Kaitlin Bradshaw photo

Tom Meador, formerly of Easton, and father of two Joel Barlow High School alumni, made a presentation to the high school Parent Teacher Student Association on how corporations can match donations to non-profit organizations.

Mr. Meador found that anyone who works for Pfizer can volunteer 72 hours of their time to a non-profit and Pfizer will then provide a donation of $1,000 annually, he said.

Recently he presented the PTSA with $1,000 check from Pfizer.

“Most major corporations have such programs,” he said. “The support by Pfizer combined with my volunteerism allowed me to leverage my $5,000 over the past 12 years and generate an additional $16,000 from Pfizer and The Pfizer Foundation.”

Mr. Meador was also able to donate approximately 30 to 40 computers to the Easton school system and Easton Community Center.

“I’ve been fortunate to work for a major corporation that supports volunteerism by their employees,” he said.

To see if an employer or company matches gifts, Mr. Meador said people can go to alumni.wustl.edu/give/annualfund/pages/corporate-matching.aspx.

“I would encourage fellow parents with children in the Easton and Redding school systems to investigate if the company they work for provides similar support,” he said. “See how else you can support a non-profit.”

“We’re so grateful for Tom and for his support of our organization,” said Michelle Falcone, co-president of the Barlow PTSA. “He’s been instrumental in helping us secure funds.”

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