About Community Shares

About Community SharesOur vision is for Community Shares to be a fund for social change groups throughout the State of Tennessee.

  • Community Shares is a federation of Tennessee based non-profits who have joined together to raise money cooperatively.
  • Community Shares was organized in April, 1985 by four East Tennessee groups, in an effort to increase their revenues from individuals and lessen their dependence upon foundation grants.
  • The membership has grown each year to include non-profits across the state.
  • Community Shares has 501 (C)(3) tax status which means donors to Community Shares can deduct their contribution on their federal income tax form.
  • With Community Shares you are part of a track record of remarkable results.


  • Assist over a quarter of a million women and children involved in domestic violence situations
  • Provide housing, food and support groups to 8000 people affected by HIV/AIDS and educate 30,000 people about the causes and effects of AIDS.
  • Introduce the art, music, theater, and dance traditions of various cultures to over 100,000 children.
  • Educate over 13,000 children and adults about the humane treatment of animals.
  • Recycle 5 million pounds of paper, saving the equivalent of over half a million trees.
  • Clean 8000 miles of Tennessee Streams and Rivers.