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Become a Pioneer Internet Grantmaker with a Matching Grant

Thanks to support from foundations, such as the Open Society Institute and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Virtual Foundation has funds to match contributions from individual and group donors. These institutions wish to assist private donors who are interested in becoming pioneers in the new world of Internet philanthropy.

The following are guidelines to inform and assist those considering making a donation to a Virtual Foundation project. These guidelines were established in order to determine the eligibility of donors for matching funds and the amount of funds that can be used to match a donation.

Matching funds are available:

  1. For individuals and non-profit organizations such as churches, school clubs, community service groups, etc. Corporate donors and other foundation donors cannot qualify for matching funds;
  2. Primarily to first time Virtual Foundation donors;
  3. On a "one to one" basis (i.e. one dollar of matching funds to one dollar from the donor) up to a maximum of $1,500 USD;
  4. Upon request by the donor or at the initiative of Virtual Foundation staff. Matching funds will not be granted automatically.
If you have questions about the availability of matching funds, please contact the Virtual Foundation staff at (888) 801-7101 or