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Matching Gifts

The Matching Gifts program is designed to encourage employees and retirees of Wisconsin Public Service, Michigan Gas Utilities and Minnesota Energy Resources to actively support nonprofit organizations within our communities.

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation will match $1 for each $1 of eligible employee or retiree contributions. The minimum employee or retiree contribution to any one organization that will be matched is $50. The maximum match per fiscal year ending Dec. 1 is $5,000 per employee and $2,000 per retiree. Any application received after Dec. 1 will be processed in the first quarter of the following year. A completed on-line application is required for a matching gift. To maintain integrity of our 501(c)(3) status, we must receive a receipt in the employee’s or retiree’s name from the organization, indicating the taxable amount and value, if any, of the contribution. A copy of a check is not sufficient.

Contributions can be made in the form of cash, check, credit card or stock in a publicly traded company.


Many active and retired employees are making charitable donations to organizations working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 health crisis. The WPS Foundation is joining in that effort by providing COVID-19 relief funds. The foundation has allocated an additional $50,000 in matching gifts for eligible active and retired employee contributions to nonprofit organizations in our service areas that support individuals directly impacted by COVID-19. Such organizations include hospitals, first responders, medical supply and medical staff support services, and those agencies focused on other community support, such as hunger relief and domestic violence prevention.

Active and retired employees making contributions to organizations between March 15, 2020, and until the designated matching funds are depleted, are encouraged to submit a request for the match. The foundation will match personal contributions of at least $25 (less than the traditional $50 minimum), up to a maximum of $5,000 for active employees and $2,000 for retired employees, to eligible organizations recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. A receipt from the organization must be submitted with the request; no cancelled checks will be allowed as proof of donation. Matched amounts would be in addition to the limits set forth in the Matching Gifts guidelines below.

Eligible contributions

Contributions to organizations in the categories below may be eligible for matching funds. Each organization must be located within the respective company’s service area (with the exception of post-secondary educational institutions) or where the employee lives and must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and neighborhood development
  • Education (including accredited K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S.)
  • Environment
  • Human health and services

Ineligible contributions

Because our companies have so many opportunities to give, and limited funding, the Matching Gifts program cannot support contributions to these types of organizations at this time:

  • United Way and other combined appeals
  • Civic groups, including fraternal, social or union organizations
  • Religious or political organizations
  • Organizations whose philosophy and mission conflict with company positions
  • Private foundations
  • Gifts to individuals
  • In-kind gifts
  • Pooled contributions by more than one individual
  • Gifts fixed by a school as a condition for student enrollment, payment for tuition, books or other student fees

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation reserves the right to amend, suspend or terminate the Matching Gifts program at any time without prior notice.


To apply, choose the application for your respective company:

Apply for Wisconsin Public Service matching gift

Apply for Minnesota Energy Resources matching gift

Apply for Michigan Gas Utilities matching gift