Annual Appeal

Being a good neighbor by assisting local nonprofit organizations is an important part of Columbia's mission. Columbia Community Service is one of the oldest organizations on campus.

Our yearly campaign is a means for faculty, staff and retirees of Barnard College, Columbia University and Teachers College to support soup kitchens, after-school programs, and more critical services, through direct financial contributions.

With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100% of the contributions go directly to services. The grants awarded by CCS are for direct services only, and not for salaries.


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Figure Skating in Harlem



Founded in 1997, Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc. provides Harlem girls with vital educational and fitness opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage academic achievement. On the ice, our students experience the joys of skating, improve their health and fitness, and develop valuable life skills, such as focus, discipline, teamwork, and goal setting. Off the ice, our students engage in hours of extra class work that strengthen core academic skills and boost academic achievement, so they are able to graduate from high school and succeed at a four-year college. Our work is made possible in part through the generous support provided by CCS.