WORKPLACE GIVING CAMPAIGN
EarthShare Ohio and our EarthShare sister federations partner with hundreds of corporate, federal and public workplaces across the country to give employees the choice and satisfaction of supporting vital environmental programs and initiatives. Our workplace campaigns boost employee morale, help establish a workplace as an environmental leader, and protect our natural resources.
We maintain a set of frequently asked questions about workplace giving campaigns, and encourage you to submit more of them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a workplace giving campaign?
Workplace giving is a means by which employees donate to charitable organizations of their choice, primarily through payroll pledges. Once a year donors decide which issues are most important to them and contribute a portion of each paycheck to their favorite charity or charities. With EarthShare Ohio, YOU decide who your donation goes to; we don't make that decision for you.
Donations through workplace giving enable EarthShare Ohio's member organizations to spend less time fundraising and more time working toward a healthier environment!
How does an EarthShare Ohio workplace giving campaign work?
Employees are presented with charitable giving options, typically once a year, and they may then pledge any amount they wish to be automatically sent to the charities of their choice. It’s that easy.
Our experienced staff will:
- Assist your workplace with launching a new campaign or adding EarthShare Ohio to an existing one;
- Provide brochures, pledge forms, videos, posters, speakers and all other elements necessary for running a successful campaign;
- Supply electronic lists, graphics and other elements for an online campaign; and
- Assist in creating campaign pledge and financial reports, and more.
Who does EarthShare Ohio support?
EarthShare Ohio distributes your gifts to Ohio's and America’s most respected environmental and conservation charities. Click here to see a list of our supported organizations.
What are the criteria for EarthShare Ohio’s member charities?
EarthShare Ohio requires current and prospective charities to meet numerous criteria before they are considered for membership in the federation. You can view the full list of eligibility criteria. We also review and evaluate all of our member organizations annually.
Do I have to give to EarthShare Ohio, or can a pick my charities?
EarthShare Ohio offers three ways to give:
- Our unique One-Gift option: EarthShare Ohio will share your gift among all the member charities listed in your campaign.
- One Charity: You may give directly to your favorite member charity through EarthShare Ohio.
- Our multi-gift option: You may choose one or more charities to benefit from your gift.
How does my contribution get to you?
After workplaces have concluded their giving campaigns, they send EarthShare Ohio the results. EarthShare Ohio then reports to its members the amount of the donations they will receive, allowing them to budget with confidence.
How much of my donation goes directly to the charity?
Our members are currently returning 28 cents of every dollar that EarthShare Ohio raises through our business partnership campaigns. This investment in EarthShare Ohio pays 65% of the federations operational expenses, such as staff personnel costs, office expenses, printing, and mailing. In our fiscal year ended June 2008, our "overhead" was 3.5% when the full breadth of revenues and expenses are calculated in accordance with standard business practices.
For our beneficiary members, raising funds through payroll contributions in workplace giving campaigns is many times less expensive than direct mail (the most common way environmental groups gain new members). With lower fundraising costs, more money can go directly to programs and services.
Will my gift be used to support political work?
No. EarthShare Ohio member charity eligibility guidelines prohibit this, and federal law severely restricts our benefiting members from engaging in political activity as it applies to 501(c)(3) charities. Though these organizations may engage in public advocacy work, they must raise other funds to support political work.
Can I give to EarthShare Ohio through our United Way campaign?
If your local United Way campaign doesn’t include EarthShare Ohio in its list of eligible charities, find out if your campaign has a write-in option. Many campaigns allow you to designate your donation to any eligible, tax-exempt charity. If yours does, write “EarthShare Ohio” in the space provided on your pledge card, along with our address: 3528 N High St, Ste E, Columbus OH 43214-4090. (Our Tax Identification Number is: 31-1428289.)
Please be sure to ask your campaign manager about any minimum gift amount requirements imposed by United Way; some United Ways won't honor your designation to EarthShare Ohio unless you give at a certain level.
EarthShare Ohio still not available to you? Ask your employer about adding choice to your campaign. EarthShare Ohio and our sister EarthShare federations run side-by-side campaigns with United Way and many other federations in hundreds of campaigns across the country – contact us to learn how easy it is to add choice. Our representation of the "green choice" compliments the very important work of the social services charities that United Way traditionally represents.
Doesn't my company's United Way campaign cover all these environmental charities?
No, it doesn't.
Health, environment, diversity, international development and relief, and social justice issues affect companies, communities, and families. But did you know that these concerns are not fully addressed through the traditional United Way-only campaign?
Because most employee groups include a diversity of race, culture, gender, age, interests and beliefs, employees should be able to choose from a variety of charities that reflect their own interests. If your workplace would like to add new options to your campaign in addition to EarthShare Ohio's charities, we're happy to share our resources with your company, whether it be local discussions or, if your company is a large firm with operations in multiple states, we would recommend Charities @ Work, a unified, combined campaign program featuring a number of federations that cover a broad range of issues. (Working with Charities @ Work means a workplace can expand its giving campaign to include important federations like EarthShare whose member organizations address local, national, and international issues through a single source rather than multiple contacts. C@W helps its partners retain the efficiencies of a single option workplace campaign.)
Contact us to learn more about how we can help set up an EarthShare Ohio/ Charities @ Work campaign at your company.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! All contributions to EarthShare Ohio and to our represented organizations are tax-deductible.
I can’t give that much; should I even bother?
You’d be surprised just how far a dollar goes. For example, giving two dollars per pay period could help to protect one acre of tropical rainforest, provide a day of support for a crew of students volunteering in our national parks. Regardless of your budget, you WILL make a difference.
How often can I change which charities receive my contribution?
You have the option every year during your workplace campaign to renew your support and change your gift recipients. You can also e-mail us if you wish to stop a gift or switch an allocation.
Will EarthShare Ohio come talk to me or my employer about workplace giving?
Yes! You’re always welcome to contact EarthShare Ohio (email@example.com or 877-434-2357) to talk, to have your questions answered or to arrange an in-person meeting.
Is this a lot of work? I’m the only HR person at our company.
We understand! You’ll be surprised just how easy an EarthShare Ohio campaign is to maintain and monitor. We give you all the tools you need to implement payroll contributions and talk to your staff about making contributions. We can also advise you about campaign best practices and EarthShare Ohio can help connect you with online giving solutions to help you offer an effective electronic giving campaign that can help streamline the pledging and record-keeping process. Just get in touch to learn more.
Will my workplace donation qualify for employer contribution matches?
Employer matches are left up to the discretion of the workplace. To encourage your employer to match employee donations, we recommend showing them the benefits that come with carrying out a successful EarthShare Ohio workplace giving campaign. You can also contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org / 877-434-2357) to receive complimentary brochures and fact sheets.
Is there a charge to my employer for running a workplace campaign with EarthShare Ohio?
No, there is no fee involved in offering the EarthShare Ohio program.
I live in a state with an EarthShare state affiliate. Should my workplace establish a campaign with EarthShare in my state or with EarthShare national?
If your company or workplace is headquartered in a state where EarthShare has an affiliate, you can contact the local EarthShare affiliate directly for assistance, or you can call EarthShare's national office. Our shared goal is to streamline the experience for you and your company. Within the EarthShare family of federations, we’ll coordinate everything on your behalf.