In 1996, donors across the region were looking for more diverse and philanthropic choices and social justice nonprofits were in need of new sources of funding. Community Shares was created to answer both of those needs. This year, Cincinnati Public School Employees can choose to direct their donation to any of our 30 local nonprofit organizations that protect our natural environment and create green spaces, provide shelter and health care to those who might not otherwise afford it, provide education and advocacy, and work to protect vulnerable children and animals.

For over 20 years Community Shares has worked to resolve the root causes of social problems affecting the 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 Cincinnati Public Schools community for joining other worksites across our region who support front-line nonprofits. Every year with their pledges, CPS employees help shape and build a stronger, inclusive, and healthier region beyond their school buildings.

Cincinnati Public School Employee Pledge Information! If you are a CPS employee you will receive a pledge form at your school site in your mailbox. Each school has an assigned “Coordinator” who will distribute the pledge forms. If you need help finding out who that is you can contact us at Community Shares. After you select your favorite causes to support, please return the form to your Coordinator. Once you designate your donation CPS will process your pledge for the 2019 payroll deduction. Donations are tax-deductible. Your pledge form looks like this: 

WHAT is the campaign about?  Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a proud partner of CPS. 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 CPS Workplace Giving Campaign starts September 17 and ends October 5.

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.

Some of our members have dedicated programming to enhance the education and programming for Cincinnati Public School children such as:

Providing equal access to community resources and opportunities…

Imago works closely with Cincinnati Public Schools to provide nature field trips at Imago’s nature preserve in Price Hill, and regular nature programming on-site at CPS schools. In 2017 CPS students spent over 6,000 hours outside learning about and studying nature with Imago.


Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has brought free environmental education programs to CPS schools-classroom presentations, assemblies and field trips focused on litter prevention, recycling, and community pride. KCB has also partnered closely with CPS since 2012 to bring and sustain single-stream recycling programs to schools district-wide.


Cincinnati Permaculture Institute facilitated garden, orchard and edible landscaping installations at Hughes, Dater, and Gamble Montessori High Schools, supplying plants & support to assist teachers with their STEM education.

Ending the effects of discrimination…

GLSEN provides support for CPS’s Day of Silence, Ally Week, and resources such as “Safe Space Kits” for teachers and counselors.

Creating a level playing field for those who are at a disadvantage from poverty, discrimination, or disability…

The Woman’s City Club has an active tutoring program at Winton Hill Academy and at Rothenberg Academy. One of the WCC volunteers created a sensory reading program that has had great results for kindergarten and first graders.


Creating inclusive economic conditions…

The Cincinnati Observatory works closely with about 3,500 Cincinnati Public School children annually, providing field trips and youth outreach programs. CPS receives free buses and oftentimes free programs thanks to a grant from an anonymous Cincinnati Observatory funder.




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