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Can an employer charitable matching program count towards maaser kesafim?


As an employee benefit, my employer will match ever dollar that I give to a registered charitable organization, up to a certain amount. Can this match help fulfill my maaser obligation as it is structured as an employee benefit and the non-jewish employer would not donate to a Jewish cause if it were not for me electing for them to match my contribution?




This is an interesting idea, however it basically can’t be used toward your maaser money. The reason is because you only assisted that the organization get extra funds, however you are not the one who gave it to them. You would have a certain credit, for assisting in the tzedakah, but this is not enough to consider it as if you actually gave the money.

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