How many charities participate in the Combined Campaign?
City employees are able to choose from 14 umbrella organizations and 2,500 nonprofits. See list in this Guide.
Can I continue to contribute via a paper pledge card?
All employees are able to continue utilizing paper pledge cards for check, cash, and/or payroll deduction contributions.
Can I give online?
For the first time this year, all City employees whose payroll is processed by the City’s Central Payroll Department (the non-Quasi departments) can donate through payroll deduction via a fast, secure, and “green” online giving mechanism. View instructions for giving a perfect online pledge.
Can I designate my gift to a specific member agency or donor choice nonprofit?
The umbrella organizations that allow you to give to their member agencies or donor choice nonprofits include: America’s Charities, Community Health Charities of Pennsylvania, Environ mental Fund for Pennsylvania, Global Impact, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Will my donation get lost in the shuffle?
The Combined Campaign has a rigorous system for processing pledges with many built-in checks and balances. This process takes time, but helps ensure accuracy and accountability. The Combined Campaign Management Organization works with City Department Co-Chairs to resolve pledge card errors (such as incorrect payroll numbers, the designation of ineligible charities, unclear handwriting, etc.) A staff member of the Campaign Management Organization researches pledge card errors, individually, to ensure the accurate processing of your gift. Remember, if you give online any errors are detected prior to submission, which ensures your donations reach your designated agency as fast as possible!
What if I can’t find the organization of my choice in the Contributors’ Guide?
Remember, the organization you are looking for in this Guide may not be listed in the first place that you look. There are fourteen umbrella organizations. Look for your organization under the most logical umbrella, but review several. If you still cannot locate the organization, call the Center for Responsible Funding at 215.925.6140.
Can I change my gift or select a different group later?
With a Campaign paper pledge card, you must submit a revised card before the formal closing of the Campaign. Mark it clearly with the words “REVISED CARD.” Then forward your revised card to:
We will then disregard your earlier submission. However, since we are not able to process your revised card until the end of the campaign, please try to be accurate and complete the first time.
On the Campaign online giving mechanism, you can view your donations at any time, however, to edit your registered payroll deductions you must follow the same process that you would for editing donations originally made with paper pledge cards. See the instructions in the previous paragraph for directions on how to edit your payroll deductions before the formal end of the Campaign.
Can I cancel my gift?
You must give written notice to the Director of Finance at least thirty days before any change in payroll deduction can be made. Send a duplicate letter to:
How much does the Campaign cost?
Workplace giving is the most inexpensive method of raising money because it enables charities to reach large groups of people at the same time. The Combined Campaign reaches over 29,000 people. If each charity in the Campaign spent its own money reaching this pool of employees, umbrella organizations would spend more. Equally important, contributors stretch their charitable dollar further, due to the convenience of payroll deduction, rather than making a one-time gift. Last year, 85% of all City employees who made a donation to the Campaign chose payroll deduction.
100% of your donation is forwarded to Campaign Participating Organizations.
Participating Organizations pay the cost of running the Campaign. Administrative and fundraising costs were 2% of the total amount raised last year, while program costs — including training volunteer solicitors, conducting outreach activities, and promoting the Campaign to City employees and the public-at-large — were 28% of the total.