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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Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.


The Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (HEAF) is a 501(c)(3) comprehensive supplemental education and youth development organization that works to help motivate students to develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values and personal resilience they need to ensure success in school, career and life. HEAF identifies scholars in middle school and supports them until they are successfully admitted to and graduated from four-year colleges through a variety of after-school, Saturday and summer educational and youth leadership programs. HEAF uses the CCS grant to support the Youth Leadership Council and gender-specific support groups. Both groups spend the year focused on leadership development, learning how to communicate, organizing students, and planning and conducting service. Service activities include book and canned food drives for local nonprofits, fundraising for the March of Babies, and participating in the New York City AIDS Walk. Other activities include spearheading HEAF's Health and Wellness Initiative, developing staff report cards, and establishing a process for student recognition of other students.