Frequently Asked Questions
You can donate to CCS by credit card, check, money order, or through a payroll pledge. Pledges are processed according to each individual pay schedule. You can also make a one-time donation from your payroll account. You can support CCS by becoming an Ambassador or volunteering at any of the community organizations that receive CCS grants. Please contact Joan Griffith-Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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. Please visit the CCS website at: communityservice.columbia.edu
Donations go to a diverse group of local community-based organizations. For more information about the organizations, please go to: communityservice.columbia.edu/content/list-of-grantees on the CCS website.
A new campaign begins in October or November of every year. A new donor card must be completed for payroll donations that have not been rolled over to the following year.
Please send checks or money orders to:
Columbia Community Service Office
304 Earl Hall, Mail Code: 2025
New York, NY, 10027
The entire amount of your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt via email within two to three business days after receipt of your donation.
In general, charitable gifts to Columbia Community Service are not refundable. However, if a donor needs a refund, they should contact the CCS office immediately.
CCS donations are pooled, and grants are awarded based upon available funds and the scope of the programs that need funding.
Community organizations that apply 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.
The CCS Board of Directors works tirelessly to evaluate grant applications and visits each agency to assess its needs. After applications are processed, they meet to decide the best way to help each agency. Employees and retirees can also recommend organizations that are located in the catchment area. The board will vet the organization and determine if they meet the criteria for funding.
CCS awards may not be used to fund salaries, rent, or other similar overhead costs and are expected to directly benefit the organizations clients. The average CCS grant award is approximately $5,600.