Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Please consider CCS as a beneficiary when planning gifts from charitable trusts, annuities, bequests, and for the recipient of stock as a gift. 

Donations go to a diverse group of local nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit Grantees

Yes. You can donate online using a credit card or designate a certain amount from your weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly paycheck. Employees from all three campuses can donate online using payroll deductions. For more information, please visit our donation page

If you need verification of donations made in past years, please contact Christa Hill at Be sure to provide your UNI.

Yes. The entire amount of your donation is tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgment within two to three business days after receipt of your donation/gift.

The CCS Board of Directors works tirelessly to evaluate grant applications and visits each agency to assess their needs. After applications are processed, they meet to decide the best way to help each agency.

You can also support CCS by choosing to volunteer at one of the grantee organizations. Please consider CCS as a beneficiary when planning gifts from charitable trusts, annuities, and bequests. Please contact Joan Griffith-Lee at (212) 854-4288 or to learn more about our planned giving options.

Yes. A copy of the Campaign Performance Report is usually distributed to Departmental Ambassadors at the end of the campaign. If you are interested in seeing the report, please send a request to Joan Griffith-Lee at

Organizations eligible for CCS grants are located as far South as 86th Street, and as far North as 155th Street, and from the Hudson River to Fifth Avenue.

Please send all completed donor cards to: 

Columbia Community Service
Columbia University
304 Earl Hall, Mail Code: 2025
New York, NY, 10027

Yes. A new campaign begins in October/November of every year. A new donor card must be completed only for credit card, cash, and payroll pledge donations that have not been rolled over to the following year.

Please contact Christa Hill at the CCS office by email or at (212) 854-3638.