Legality of Matching Pledge With Federal Funds

B-183442: Oct 21, 1975

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A decision was requested as to whether the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) may lawfully accept a pledge from a nonprofit organization and match the pledge with an equal amount of federal funds. The money pledged was treated by the nonprofit organization as a reduction of accrued liability in fulfillment of a contractual obligation for services rendered. Since the money was not treated as a donation, matching it with federal funds is prohibited by statute and legislative history.