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Regina Hendrix
Lead Partner
Email: rhendrix@charities.org
Phone: 609-760-1313

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 -2:30

Office Location

MSB Building
Office of Human Resources
1401 JFK Blvd, 15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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help@charities.org

Are my contributions tax deductible?

Yes, your payroll contributions are deductible for the 2019 tax year. One-time credit card and check contributions are deductible for the 2018 tax year.

Can I fill out more than one pledge card?

Employees may use more than one pledge form if they want to give to more than five charities. Please be sure to check the box in the upper right-hand corner of the pledge form that indicates that you are using a second form. Please make sure that employee name, employee identification number, and department are included on each pledge form. Pledge forms are available here and at the back of the Contributors’ Guide, available on the Campaign website.

Can I give online?

Yes! You can donate through payroll deduction and credit card via a fast, secure, and “green” online giving mechanism. Click the “Make A Pledge” button to visit the online giving site.

Can I revise or cancel my pledge?

Employees may email requests to cancel pledges made online or by pledge form to help@charities.org and copy Regina Hendrix at rhendrix@charities.org. Donors may also edit online pledges via the online giving platform. However, please note that credit card transactions are immediate. In the event of an error, you must contact your credit card provider.

Can one small gift even make a difference?

Yes! Payroll deduction makes it easier to afford a more generous gift, allowing you to make smaller payments from each paycheck.

How do I designate a contribution to a federation’s member group?

There are four federations in the Campaign that have member charities to which employees may designate contributions: America's Charities, Community Health Charities, EarthShare Pennsylvania, and Global Impact. To give to any of their member charities, employees should use their specific Campaign codes, which are found online or in the Contributors’ Guide available to download at https://www.phila.gov/combinedcampaign/.

How do I donate?

There are two ways to donate: online and by pledge form. View step by step instructions for giving through either method here.

How many charities participate in the Combined Campaign?

City employees may choose from 300 charities, all eligible for donations. View the Contributors’ Guide on the Campaign website for a list of all participants.

How many organizations can I contribute to?

This year a donor will be able to donate to as many charities that he or she chooses among the 300 charities participating in the Campaign! There are two ways to donate – online and by pledge form. Multiple pledge forms for one employee should be attached to one another and submitted to their department Captains or Co-Captains for processing.

If I do not use payroll deduction, how can I contribute by check?

Complete a paper pledge form to donate by personal check/money order. An employee can designate as many charities from the Contributors’ Guide. Each charity pledge amount must be included with the charity information for the funds to be distributed to the designated agencies. Individual charity pledges should be totaled, and one check submitted with the pledge form. Please make all checks/money orders payable to the “Combined Campaign” and submit to your department Captain or Co-Captain.

What if I can’t find the organization of my choice in the Contributors’ Guide?

Make sure you thoroughly look for the charity under each Fund/Federation in the Contributors’ Guide, available at https://www.phila.gov/combinedcampaign. If a charity is not in the Contributors’ Guide, please contact the Campaign Manager at rhendrix@charities.org.

When does the Campaign launch?

The Campaign launches September 26, 2018.

Why must I sign the pledge card?

To deduct money from a paycheck, we must have signed authorization. Those that contribute by check do not need to sign the pledge form.

Why should I give through payroll deduction when I can send a check directly to the nonprofit(s) of my choice?

Payroll deduction is a much more efficient, economical way for a nonprofit to process the gift. It could take more people to process individual checks from many different donors rather than this more aggregated method. Processing individual donations drives up administrative expenses for nonprofits. The Campaign Management Organization, America’s Charities, helps streamline this process.

Additionally, it is easier to make larger contributions through payroll deduction than by check. You can give as little as $2 per pay period to each charity through payroll deduction, which most people will find easier on their budgets than writing a single large check. You can give $260 to one of your favorite charities with just a $5 weekly donation via payroll deduction, which goes that much farther for the charities tackling our world’s greatest problems.

Will my donation get lost in the shuffle?

The Campaign Management Organization works with City Captains and Co-Captains to resolve pledge form errors (such as incorrect payroll numbers, the designation of ineligible charities, unclear handwriting, etc.). A staff member of the Campaign Management Organization also researches pledge form errors, individually, to ensure the accurate processing of your gift. This process takes time but helps ensure accuracy and accountability. Remember, if you give online any errors are detected prior to submission, which ensures your donations reach your designated agency as fast as possible!