How I increased the value of my donation to The Active Age

By Paul Inman  | June 27, 2023

Paul Inman

Many major companies match donations their employees and retirees make to approved organizations. As a Boeing retiree, I take advantage of that company’s gift-matching program to help The Active Age and other nonprofits that I want to support.

For Boeing retirees, the company matches 50 cents on the dollar donations made to approved organizations, up to $3,000 a year (active employees have their donations matched dollar for dollar).

The process is not difficult. Boeing’s gift-matching program is administered by a third party at To log onto that website, retirees and employees must use their Boeing (BEMS) ID as their username and then create a unique password. Questions pertaining to the process can be answered by calling YourCause at 1-866-751-6031. Retirees can also email for help.

These major Wichita employers also offer gift-matching programs Cargill, Koch Industries, Textron Aviation, Lear Corporation and Johnson Controls.

There may be others that I am not aware of.  If your current or former employee is not one listed above, it should not be difficult to find out if they participate in a gift-matching program.

The Active Age depends on reader donations for about 20 percent of its budget. Without those donations, it could not produce and distribute a free monthly newspaper to some 57,000 older Wichita area residents.

Just think what would happen if every reader who is eligible for a gift- matching program took advantage of it. I first started doing so three years ago. I hope more readers of The Active Age will consider this simple way of increasing their support. 

Paul Inman is a retired Army officer and former employee of Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems.