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1 FAQ FAQ - Matching Gift Program What is the Charitable Matching Gift Program? Am I eligible to participate in The Home Depot Foundation Charitable Matching Gifts Program? How do I participate in The Home Depot Foundation Charitable Matching Gifts Program? What do I need to do to register my gift? What organizations are eligible to receive Matching Gifts? Does The Home Depot Foundation match gifts to churches? What does 501 (c) (3) or Revenue Canada mean? To whom should checks be made payable? Are there minimum & maximum gift amounts that the Foundation will match? Can I consider the amount of the match to assist in fulfilling my pledge to an organization? How do I select an organization? When will my donation be matched? Where do I get a detailed history of my past gift applications? How long do I have to register my charitable donations? FAQ - Volunteer Grant Program What is the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? Am I eligible to participate in the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? How do I participate in the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? What organizations are eligible to receive Team Depot Dollars grants? What does 501(c)3 or Revenue Canada mean? Are there minimum and maximum grant amounts? When will my grant be given to the nonprofit of my choice? Where do I get a detailed list of my volunteer history and past grant applications? How long do I have to register my volunteer hours in order to request a grant for the nonprofit of my choice? Are these grants available for the Matching Gift Program? FAQ - Matching Gift Program What is the Charitable Matching Gift Program? At The Home Depot Foundation, we focus our charitable giving on building better communities. In order to support Home Depot associate's involvement in their own communities, we offer the Charitable Matching Gift Program. This program allows Home Depot associates and board members to use Foundation funds to increase their support of charities that reflect their personal interests and causes. When an associate makes a donation to an eligible charitable organization, The Home Depot Foundation will strengthen that gift by matching it dollar-for-

2 dollar. The Home Depot Foundation will match individual associate gifts ranging from $25-$3,000 per charity on a dollar for dollar basis for full-time and part-time associates. There is a $3,000 cap per associate per calendar year. The Home Depot Foundation will strengthen that gift by matching it dollar-for-dollar Am I eligible to participate in The Home Depot Foundation Charitable Matching Gifts Program? All hourly or salaried, full-time or part-time Home Depot associates are eligible. Seasonal associates and contractors are not eligible. How do I participate in The Home Depot Foundation Charitable Matching Gifts Program? 1. Make a personal donation directly to the eligible organization of your choice. Gifts can be paid by cash, check, and credit card or by negotiable securities that have a publicly listed market value. 2. Register your gift on this Web site. U.S. associates may also register their gift by phoning We will obtain verification of your gift from the organization and take care of the rest. 3. Gifts will be matched on a quarterly basis with check distributions taking place in January, April, July and October. We are unable to make exceptions to this distribution schedule. 4. The Matching Gift Program gives you instant access to your contributions. You can access and view whether your gift is pending, approved or denied by logging on to this Web site. What do I need to do to register my gift? Gifts may be registered via this Internet site or by using the automated phone service. 1. Internet Registration Send your gift to the organization of your choice. Access and submit an application on the Internet using: We will validate your eligibility and verify your gift with the organization. Once approved, the matching gift will be scheduled for payment in the next distribution process. 2. Telephone For U.S. Associates Only Send your gift to the organization of your choice. Access and submit an application by dialing and following the prompts We will validate your eligibility and verify your gift with the organization. Once approved, the matching gift will be scheduled for payment in the next distribution process.

3 What organizations are eligible to receive Matching Gifts? The Home Depot Foundation will match contributions to all eligible civic, cultural, health and human service organizations, which are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (designated Revenue Canada nonprofit organizations in Canada). Private schools with a 501(c)(3) designation and all public schools including day care, K-12 and colleges and universities are also eligible. Does the Foundation match gifts to churches? No, The Home Depot Foundation does not fund organizations whose sole purpose is to promote a particular faith. However, many faith-based organizations have taken steps to become eligible for Foundation programs. Gifts may be eligible for a match if the programs operated by faith-based organizations meet certain criteria: If the gift supports a particular program that is available and open to all individuals in the community; The program is for non-religious purposes (such as a food pantry or domestic abuse shelter); The organization does not exclusively use the program to promote any religion; and The organization must have its own 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. What does 501 (c) (3) or Revenue Canada mean? 501(c)3 is a section of the Federal Tax Code that establishes the criteria for tax-exempt charitable organizations. A Revenue Canada designation means that the organization is a Canadian charity and has registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. An organization must have either status in order to receive matching gift funds. This status allows donations and funds received to be tax-deductible. To whom should checks be made payable? Checks should be made payable to the eligible organization of your choice and mailed directly to the organization. Are there minimum & maximum gift amounts that the Foundation will match? The company will match gifts of $25 or more, with a total cap of $3,000 per associate per calendar year.

4 Can I consider the amount of the match to assist in fulfilling my pledge to an organization? No. matching gift funds cannot be used to relieve a person of a financial obligation he or she would otherwise have to pay. Gifts made, in whole or in part, with funds received from other people are ineligible.. This includes funds raised in walkathons and similar fundraising events. Only the donor s personal contribution can be matched. Once the gift has been completed, it is eligible for the program if it meets the guidelines. Please be mindful that gifts may not be matched in time to meet deadlines set by recipient organizations. Matching Gift checks can take 4-6 weeks or longer depending upon the approval and verification process. Exceptions cannot be made as disbursed checks are processed in quarterly batches. How do I select an organization? To identify the organization of your choice access GIFT REGISTRATION processing. Select step 2 for step-by-step instructions for locating a non-profit organization. When will my donation be matched? Your gift will be eligible for matching only when the Matching Gift Center receives verification of receipt of your gift from an eligible organization. Your gift will then be approved and scheduled for matching in the next check distribution process. Checks are distributed quarterly in January, April, July and October. We must receive verification from the grant recipient within 12 months of the date the gift is registered in or it will not be processed. Where do I get a detailed history of my past gift applications? On the web: Once you have registered as a participant, you may log on to the home page for a detailed list of your Giving History. If you need assistance in registering a gift request, please access our Help Menu for step-bystep instructions. To locate our address to our customer service department, access the Contact Us section of this Web site. Or call for immediate assistance.

5 How long do I have to register my charitable donations? All gifts must be registered using one of the methods of registration described on this web site by January 31 of the year following the year in which gift was made. For example, gifts made in April and December of 2010 must be registered by January 31, 2011 in order to be eligible for a match. FAQ - Volunteer Grant Program What is the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? When Home Depot associate-volunteers offer their expertise and service to nonprofit organizations, The Home Depot Foundation provides Team Depot Dollars grants to nonprofits to recognize and reward their service. For every hour you volunteer* at a company-sponsored** volunteer project, The Home Depot Foundation will match with a $15 contribution to the nonprofit organization of your choice, up to $120. Am I eligible to participate in the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? All hourly or salaried, full-time or part-time Home Depot associates are eligible. Seasonal associates and contractors are not eligible. How do I participate in the Team Depot Dollars Grant Program? 1. Sign up for and volunteer at any company-sponsored Team Depot project. Use the online system to find a project or talk with your district or store Team Depot Captain. 2. Once you've participated, come back to the Team Depot Tracker system to confirm your volunteer hours. 3. After you've volunteered eight hours in the community, you may request a Team Depot Dollars grant online. A chart of your volunteer history will appear on the main Team Depot Tracker page. Click the "Request a Grant" link, change the nonprofit organization who will receive the grant if you'd like, then click "Submit" -- it's that easy! 4. Gifts will be matched on a quarterly basis with check distributions taking place in January, April, July and October. We are unable to make exceptions to this distribution schedule. 5. The Team Depot Tracker system gives you instant access to your volunteer history. You can access and view whether your grant is pending, approved or denied by logging on to this Web site.

6 What organizations are eligible to receive Team Depot Dollars grants? The Home Depot Foundation will match contributions to all eligible civic, cultural, health and human service organizations, which are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (designated Revenue Canada nonprofit organizations in Canada). Private schools with a 501(c)(3) designation and all public schools including day care, K-12 and colleges and universities are also eligible. The following activities are ineligible for the Team Depot Dollars Grants Program: Board membership dues Grants to individuals Private Foundations Fraternal, sports or political groups Legislative or lobbying efforts or groups that have a primary focus of changing laws Sporting events (fundraising walks or runs), tickets, tables and sponsorships Advertising/Marketing initiatives Fundraising events and sponsorships such as golf tournaments, dinners and auctions Organizations that are not aligned with The Home Depot Foundation s principles and philosophies What does 501(c)3 or Revenue Canada mean? 501(c)3 is a section of the Federal Tax Code that establishes the criteria for tax-exempt charitable organizations. A Revenue Canada designation means that the organization is a Canadian charity and has registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. An organization must have either status in order to receive matching gift funds. This status allows donations and funds received to be tax-deductible. Are there minimum and maximum grant amounts? Each associate can earn up to $120 in one calendar year. You can split up your grant between different nonprofits, but each must have a minimum of $30. For example, an associate can split up his or her $120 grant between four nonprofits giving each a grant of $30. The Home Depot Foundation will give out these grants up to $1.5 million dollars in When will my grant be given to the nonprofit of my choice? Your Team Depot Dollars grant will be verified through the Giving Programs Web site. Your grant will then be approved and scheduled for the next check distribution process. Checks are sent out quarterly in January, April, July and October.

7 Where do I get a detailed list of my volunteer history and past grant applications? On the web: Once you have registered as a participant on the Giving Programs Web site, you may log on to the home page for a detailed list of your Giving History. If you need assistance in registering your volunteer hours or requesting a Team Depot Dollars grant, please access our Help Menu for step-by-step instructions. To locate our address to our customer service department, access the Contact Us section of this Web site. Or, call for immediate assistance. If you need assistance with Team Depot related questions, please visit the Community Involvement page on myapron (click on the My Company tab to find the Community Involvement page). How long do I have to register my volunteer hours in order to request a grant for the nonprofit of my choice? All volunteer hours must be registered online by January 31 of the year following the year in which you volunteered. For example, hours volunteered in January through December of 2010 must be registered by January 31, 2011 in order to be eligible for a Team Depot Dollars grant. Are these grants available for the Matching Gift Program? No. Only monetary donations are eligible for our Matching Gift program.

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