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Double Play Donations

2022 MLB Players Trust Matching Gifts Program

Requirements and Deadlines

  • Players may request matching gifts up to a cumulative total of $2,500 per calendar year. Players may split their annual $2,500 allotment among more than one eligible organization. The Players Trust will match individual donations made to eligible organizations at a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $2,500.
     

  • Each individual eligible organization may receive a total in matching grants of $25,000 per year.
     

  • Donations must be paid in full to the eligible organization before submitting a matching gift request.
     

  • Donations must be from the donor’s personal funds paid directly to the eligible organizations in the form of check, credit card, or wire transfer.
     

  • In order to be considered for a 2022 monetary matching gift, your contribution must be paid to the eligible organization by December 31, 2022, and the match request must be received by the Players Trust no later than January 15, 2023.

Eligible Participants

  • All Active and Former MLB Players
     

  • Please note, eligibility does not extend to spouses, family members, or external associates/affiliates.

Eligible Donations and Organizations

  • Organizations located in the U.S., or internationally, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt and designated a public charity under 501(c)3 of the IRS Code or an instrumentality of a federal, state or local government under Section 170(c) of the Code.
     

  • Houses of worship, religious organizations, faith-motivated community services or development organizations may be considered eligible, at the discretion of the MLB Players Trust, if the organizations and their programs meet all of the following requirements:

    • Are open to individuals regardless of religious belief or affiliation.

    • Serve solely as a secular purpose, such as food pantry, homeless shelter, or education.

    • Do not involve participation in ministry, prayer, worship or other religious activities as a component of receiving service(s) offered.
       

  • A Player’s 501c3 nonprofit organization may be considered eligible if the donor can demonstrate how funds will be used towards programming and that no benefits are received by the Player or his affiliates as a result of the donation.
     

  • Capital campaigns
     

  • K-12 public schools and private schools that are 501c3 organizations
     

  • Accredited U.S. colleges, universities, and post-graduate institutions that are nonprofit, tax-exempt private or public colleges or universities under Section 501c3 or Section 170c1 of the U.S Internal Revenue Code.
     

  • Fraternities, sororities, or alumni groups that are nonprofit, tax-exempt under Section 501c3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
     

  • University/college athletic associations, clubs, or specific teams are eligible for matching gifts, but are subject to review. Please contact Jessica Liss, Players Trust Program Manager, at jliss@mlbpa.org for more details.

Matching Gift Restrictions

  • The Player donation or matching gift may not result in the donor receiving any goods, services, or benefits with a monetary value. This includes (but is not limited to) donations where contributions are directed toward event tickets, galas, golf tournaments, entry fees, raffles, tuition or other forms of payment that reduces or eliminates tuition for the donor or their affiliates, bequests or deferred gifts, or dues to organizations.
     

  • Pledges or unpaid donations are not eligible for a matching gift.
     

  • The following organizations and programs are ineligible for matching gifts:

    • Donor Advised Funds

    • Private Foundations

    • Family Foundations

    • Religious organizations promoting religious purposes or houses of worship. Faith-based organizations that are open to individuals regardless of religious belief or affiliation and serve solely as a secular purpose are eligible.

    • Organizations that work to directly affect legislative policy change.

The MLBPA and the MLB Players Trust highly value diversity and inclusivity. Charitable funding is intended to advance access, equity, and inclusiveness while discouraging harmful discrimination based on age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, or religious beliefs.

The MLB Players Trust, in its discretion, reserves the right to decide whether a matching gift will be made. The Trust reserves the right to discontinue or change the matching gift program at any time without notice.

 For more information, contact Jessica Liss, Players Trust Program Manager, at jliss@mlbpa.org or 646-477-3253.