Holiday Match FAQs

What is Stewart’s Holiday Match?
Holiday Match is a holiday collection program, matched by Stewart’s Shops, to help kids all year long. Together with our customers, we were able to raise more than $2 million in 2023 from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. All that money helps local children’s charities. Stewart’s Holiday Match program has allocated nearly $38 million since the program’s inception in 1986.

Who can give?
Stewart’s matches all individual donations. We can collect donations from businesses or groups but are unable to match them.

Can I make a donation with a personal check?
Yes, please make your check payable to Stewart’s Holiday Match during the collection period of Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. You can place the check in our Holiday Match collection bucket at any Stewart’s Shops location or mail it to our corporate office
Attn: Donations Department, PO Box 435, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Can I get an application at my local Stewart’s Shop?
No. To ensure accuracy, we have conveniently offered an online application for submission. It’s simple, to the point, and should only take a few minutes to apply for funding.

Can I make a donation using my credit or debit card?
Our program is unique, with 100% of the funds going directly to charity without administrative fees. We will not accept donations via debit/credit cards because of this. You may write a check payable to Stewart’s Holiday Match during the collection period of Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day if you wish. Every year the program grows with your donations of spare change.

Who receives funding?
Local charities benefiting children under 18 (501c3) who apply receive funding from Holiday Match. 100% goes to charity – there are no administrative fees. View the listing by county of the organizations that received funds this year.

When will I be notified of the status of my request?
Every application will receive a notification upon allocations in March. No phone calls, please.

How can children’s charities get funding?
501c3 charitable children’s organizations within our 32 county market area can simply fill out an application and send it in for review. Please know at this time we do not fund trips outside of our market area or start-up organizations.

Where can I get an application for Holiday Match funding?
The Holiday Match Application is available online. We accept Holiday Match applications from Thanksgiving to January 31st.

Where does the money go?
Holiday Match funding goes back to local children’s groups in 32 counties where our shops are located.

When can I make my donation?
Starting Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. We have over 350 locations supporting this annual campaign.

When is the deadline for applications?
Applications must be submitted online by January 31st.

How will I know if you received my application on time?
You receive an email response that your application was received. Attached will be a copy of your online application for your records. Please check your “junk” folder if you do not receive a notification. No phone calls, please.

When do charities receive funding?
Funds are distributed in March.

Can public schools apply for funding?
Yes, even though you are not a 501c3 organization; schools, churches, and government-funded agencies can apply as an exception per the IRS.

Who is helping to promote Holiday Match?

Capital District:      Spectrum, WEQX,  B95.5 Radio (Albany Broadcasting)

Glens Falls:      Froggy 100.3 (Adirondack Broadcasting)

Utica Area:        WIBX (950am), BIG FROG 104, WODZ, Lite 98.7, The Eagle 96.1

Syracuse:         Sunny 102.1

Watertown:        WWNY TV (NEWS7) & WNYF TV (FOX 28), ME TV, FROGGY 97, WCIZ (Z93), 790WTNY

Hud. Valley:      WPDH (101.5), Now97, WKNY (1490am), The Wolf 94.3, WRRV, Spectrum

Northern NY:     WMSA 1340, Mix96.1, 101.5 The Fox, Yes FM, WPAC (Massena), WIRY (Plattsburgh), WSLP, Adk105 (Lake Placid)