Yes. By agencies joining together in The CUNY Campaign, substantial savings occur for all agencies. The costs associated with workplace campaigns are tremendous when incurred on an individual basis. By combining the efforts of all the charities, the cost for one campaign is distributed among over 1,100 agencies, in equal proportion to the money they receive; therefore, no one agency is charged more than they receive. In fact, agencies get a greater return on their investment than in any other fundraising activity. In addition, gifts through payroll deduction give charities a steady stream of income throughout the year. This enables them to plan and implement programs better, and provide more services to the community.
No. Your gift will only go to those charities you designate to receive money. The CUNY Campaign is designed to give donors the ability to say where their money goes. If a donor does not designate their gift, it will be divided among all the organizations participating in the campaign, based on the designations they receive. The code 0100 may also be used to divide your gift equally among all participating agencies.
EarthShare, a national federation of environmental organizations, has taken on the role of managing the CUNY Campaign after United Way stepped down. EarthShare has managed workplace giving campaigns for over twenty years and has a strong track record of cost efficiency and fiscal integrity.
A better question is whether you could be using any of the agencies' services. Most people simply do not know how much the over 1,200 organizations have to offer families and individuals. Check the index of agencies for programs that might apply to you now or in the future. You might also recognize one or more agencies that have touched your life in the past, or the life of a family member, friend or co-worker.
That's great! Chances are, however, that your favorite organization is listed in The CUNY Campaign brochure. You can continue to give to that group with the ease of payroll deduction. In addition, giving through payroll deduction ensures a steady stream of income for your favorite charity throughout the year. This enables them to plan effectively in meeting the needs of their clients.
Under EarthShare's management, the cost of the campaign will be reduced to less than 10%.
An application process is held for any agency wishing to be part of The CUNY Campaign. This includes agencies that CUNY employees have requested (via the section on their pledge forms) to be invited to apply.
Just check the box on the pledge card that states "I would like the designated nonprofit organization(s) to acknowledge my gift" and provide your address. The agency to which you designated money will send you an acknowledgment.
Payroll deduction is a painless way of making a significant contribution. Over the course on 26 pay periods, your deduction really adds up. The CUNY campaign also offers the option of a one-time or recurring credit card or e-check gift through the online pledge site.