For over 20 years Community Shares has worked to resolve the root causes of social inequality and injustice affecting our region and our individual communities with collective action – ensuring a safe, equitable, and just future for our region. We do this by hosting workplace giving campaigns where employees make tax-deductible charitable donations to the cause of their choice.

We thank the NKU community for joining other worksites across our region who support front-line nonprofits. Every year with their pledges, NKU employees help shape and build a stronger, inclusive, and healthier region beyond their school buildings.

NKU Employee Pledge Information!

If you are an NKU  employee, everything you need to know about making your pledge is here!

WHAT is the campaign about?

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a proud partner of NKU. We offer employees a unique donor choice model which connects your payroll deduction donation to the causes you care most about. This year’s theme, Kid in a Candy Shop, highlights how donors are like a “Kid in a Candy Shop”, you get to pick exactly where your money goes through a Community Shares campaign!

WHEN can I make a pledge?

The NKU Workplace Giving Campaign starts soon! Look for an email from the college in the coming days for updates!

HOW do I make a pledge?

NKU employees can make their pledge logging into the Community Shares I-Pledge website at this link. Select your favorite causes to support using the online form. Click on the large “I-Pledge” button below to get started.

Once you designate your donation NKU will process your pledge for the 2019 payroll deduction. Donations are tax-deductible.

WHERE can I find out more about the causes I can support?

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati offers employees a choice of 30 local, nonprofit member organizations. Each undergoes a thorough application process in order to participate in our federation of charities. We offer “total choice” in giving, meaning you can also write in your favorite nonprofit and we will honor your designation. No other workplace giving program operates on a “total choice” model like Community Shares.

Here are just a couple examples of the partnerships Community Shares Member Organizations have with the NKU community!

Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI)

Northern Kentucky University  professors have been an integral part of an advisory committee of CUCI, working to come up with strategies to save at-risk businesses from going under during a succession crisis.

Cincinnati Observatory

The Observatory serves children from Northern Kentucky in their educational programs, and have worked with NKU’s public history department on curriculum.


Imago hosts interns from NKU who focus on Imago’s habitat restoration work that takes place on Imago’s urban nature preserve. Interns work on improving the health of our forest by removing non-native plant species and planting natives.


NKU is an important partner for GLSEN’s yearly LGBTQ+ Prom and Youth Summit which has been held at Northern KYU the past few years. The Youth Summit is a FREE day-long event that draws LGBTQ and allied youth from all over the Greater Cincinnati area. The day includes a resource fair, lunch, workshop sessions, dinner, drag show, and dance. While the Youth Summit is designed primarily for middle and high school youth, it also includes a family/elementary school track and both 101 and 201 educator tracks.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has worked with several student volunteers from NKU, most recently at a Tire Amnesty Day event where residents on Hamilton County could dispose of up to 10 tires free of charge to avoid illegal dumping of tires in blighted areas.

The K.A.S.S.I.E. Project

The K.A.S.S.I.E. Project has done several events with NKUs Norse Violence Prevention such as co-presenting a sexual violence rally. NKU hosted their annual event on campus. This link shows a video at an NKU rally re: sexual assault awareness last year.


Green Umbrella

NKU is a Green Umbrella member, and NKU’s Landscape Manager helped advise Green Umbrella’s Watershed Action Team on low/no-mow best practices.