About the Combined Campaign
The Combined Campaign gives employees the option of donating to three charities: Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the United Negro College Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland. You can donate individually or to any combination of those charities.
In addition, you can designate which agencies affiliated with Community Shares and United Way that you would like to donate to (does not apply to UNCF).
Greater Cleveland Community Shares
Greater Cleveland Community Shares is a cooperative federation of 43 diverse nonprofit organizations that have come together to strengthen communities through human and financial resources. Their mission is to support social justice organizations through workplace giving programs and other philanthropic initiatives. Founded in 1984, Community Shares is Cleveland's only workplace giving federation with a focus on social justice. They generate essential operating funds for nonprofit organizations that are working for positive community change.
During this time of COVID-19, donations are helping keep the doors of the member organizations open to serve those in need across Greater Cleveland.
Their member organizations address the root causes of social problems facing our neighborhoods, our community and our region. They provide education, promote health care, protect children and women, advance home ownership, provide job training and employment, build neighborhoods, and work to end discrimination. Community Shares philosophy of change is based on the power of participation -- the power of individuals to shape change.
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, helping more than 60,000 students attend college each year, helping HBCUs and other predominantly black institutions, their students, faculty and staff. Their support comes in many different forms, from capacity building to faculty development, from scholarships to fellowships, from training to advocacy. At the heart of their efforts stands their mission, which includes building a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of African American students who have what it takes to get to and through college and ensuring that member colleges and universities are well-prepared to help them succeed—in college and in life.
Providing operating support to their 37 member historically black colleges and universities is the core of what they do. UNCF support helps member schools keep tuition affordable. They offer grants to help build capacity, faculty development programs and assistance with teacher education programs.
For over 75 years, the United Negro College Fund has raised more than $4.8 billion to help a total of more than 445,000 students attend college and has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the government.
United Way of Greater Cleveland
United Way of Greater Cleveland uses their strengths as a voice, resource and innovator for those in need. They provide real-time help for real-world problems to reverse Cleveland’s poverty crisis.
United Way develops and implements effective impact strategies, offers links to community resources such as 2-1-1, and serves as a focal point for community problem solving through community conversations and forums.