Thank you for serving as the coordinator for the Community Shares employee giving campaign at your workplace. Being a coordinator is what makes our campaigns successful.
Typical Questions About Community Shares
Here are some frequent questions that a coordinator might have about Community Shares.
How is Community Shares unique or different from the other federations in the campaign?
The difference between Community Shares and other federations is our focus-while we believe that charity is a good thing, it is even better to change the system so charity is less necessary. That’s why we fund community groups who tackle issues at the roots. People assume some issues are impossible. They’re not. We’re ending poverty, protecting the environment, helping animals, fighting discrimination and working for the equal treatment of all.
How does Community Shares distribute contributions?
General contributions to Community Shares are distributed equally among member organizations (with the exception of Associate Members, who only receive contributions designated to them). Designations are distributed in addition to the share of general contributions twice a year once in June and once in December.
Are contributions confidential?
Your contribution information remains confidential. You will be acknowledged according to the rules of the campaign that you are in.
Are contributions tax deductible?
Yes. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please note that in 2007 the IRS increased the amount of documentation that you need to retain in order to claim a tax deduction. For further information, please visit the IRS website or your tax accountant.
Does Community Shares monitor its member organizations?
Yes. Each year we review the finances, management, governance, activities and accomplishments of each member group. Organizations must meet strict criteria to remain members of Community Shares.