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Stephen C. Nill, JD

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Matching Gifts guru Steve Hafner shows how to harness employer data


When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, one of the most powerful things you can do is to multiply a single gift. Of course, we're talking about a matching gifts program where the donor's employer matches the gift.

A simple approach is to ask donors to check with their employer to see if their proposed gift can be matched. While this is better than nothing, a far more powerful and effective approach is to already have the information your donor needs to apply for the match — in other words, do the work in advance for the donor. The idea is to make it exceedingly convenient for the donor to request the match.

That's easier said than done. Indeed, just a few years ago, this was a daunting challenge and one that could be accomplished only by the largest institutions with dedicated staff doing the research.

In this video, I sit down with Steve Hafner, the visionary behind HEPdata, a company that does the heavy lifting of connecting your prospective donors with their employer's matching gift program.

PS: CharityChannel has no financial interest in HEPdata and does not recommend or endorse this or any commercial company. Rather, the spirit of this interview is to shine a bright light on a CharityChannel colleague who is a leader in his field.


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1 Comment

  1. Denise McMahan on April 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Great interview, Steve! Appreciate the 2.0 conversation about matching gifts.

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