Partner Spotlight: Community Shares
Today for #NationalNonprofitDay, we launch a brand-new blog series recognizing the work of partner organizations that help us make a difference in our community. Today, meet Community Shares!
Cat Care Society is a proud partner of Community Shares of Colorado for workplace giving campaigns. This means that we receive donations through participating companies’ employees through automatic giving right through their paycheck. Community Shares takes care of all the work for us — and many other non-profits — making it easy for others to give and easy for us to receive additional funds to care for our cats.
“I appreciate our long partnership with Community Shares,” said Ashleigh Leader, Cat Care Society’s director of philanthropy. “We’re able to share the CCS story with their members and employees and encourage donations through marketing and fairs that they host. It makes it so easy for us to have another fundraising tool to help our shelter cats. Plus, their values about community engagement and inclusivity align with our own organization’s.”
Community Shares History
In 1986, 12 Colorado non-profits joined together to change the face of workplace giving. Originally called The Alternative Fund, our organization gave a home to non-profit organizations that did not fit the mold of existing workplace giving federations. Members included grassroots non-profits and new issue areas such as social justice, respect for all individuals, environmental conservation and community-owned arts. Soon after, its founders chose the name “Community Shares of Colorado” and began actively working to expand charitable choice in workplace giving campaigns.
Today, Community Shares’ mission is to connect Coloradans to charities and causes they care about most.
Q&A with Community Shares
Any projects or initiatives you are focusing on right now?
We are heading into the workplace giving campaign season. We encourage employees to reach out to their employers to learn more about their workplace giving options and if we can be their partner!
What issues or challenges face your organization that you’re watching or working to overcome?
Not many people understand the impact they can have collectively through workplace giving or giving circles and we are working to spread the word to the masses.
How can others support you?
The more our organization is shared, the more non-profits and communities we can help. A follow on our socials can do wonders!
What is the one thing you most want the community to know about your work?
We want the community to know that any donation can make a difference. Our work at Community Shares focuses on providing Coloradans with non-profit organizations that do vital work in their communities and make Colorado a better place for all.
We thank Community Shares for all they do for us and other non-profits across the state!
Learn more about other valued Cat Care Society partners in this new monthly blog series, with more posts coming soon!