2021 Challenge Match

Application Now Open!

The Challenge Match application will open on Friday, July 30, 2021! You can find it at the link below:

http://goapply.azurewebsites.net/wayne

What is the Challenge Match?

The Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match Initiative grew out of a need to help local not-for-profit organizations raise unrestricted operating dollars more efficiently. It quickly became a means to help organizations strengthen their development functions and a fun way for donors to express which charities are most important to them. Perhaps most importantly – at least from the Foundation’s perspective – the Challenge Match became a very positive and highly-visible way to encourage charitable giving in our community.

Here’s how it works:
Participating organizations are given the opportunity to secure a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation, up to a specified match goal, based on qualifying gifts they receive from the community in a designated period of time.

In order to participate, organizations must:

  • be located in Wayne County;
  • be in good standing with the IRS and the Foundation;
  • have some previous relationship with the Foundation;
  • submit an application outlining their work in the community and why it is important;
  • show their plan for achieving the match; and
  • identify the outcomes they expect to achieve with the community’s support.

Match goals are assigned based on the organization’s request and the Foundation’s assessment of the application. These goals represent the dollar amount the Foundation will match, and essentially, the maximum amount an organization can expect to receive from the Foundation. In no way, however, do they limit the total amount of money an organization can raise. Gifts up to $1,000 per person per organization received during the designated match period qualify for the match.

2021 Challenge Match Partners

Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund

First Bank Community Fund

Second Chance Fund

David and Carla Stidham