Giving-back, at Work?
What is workplace giving?
MaineShare gives you, as an employee, an easy way to give a few dollars a week from your paycheck as you support organizations in Maine working for Maine, every day. This simple process allows workplace employees to choose to make tax-deductible donations to Maine organizations working for causes they care about as a payroll deduction. It helps organizations and their employees work together to benefit the people, animals and environment of Maine.
MaineShare’s workplace giving appeal is “donor driven”. Donors have a choice to designate all or a portion of their contributions to over 40 member organizations. Staff and board make no decisions about donated money that is distributed. Each employee designated how to distribute a gift on an annual pledge form.
Giving a few dollars a week out of your paycheck is easy and convenient. MaineShare comes to your workplace once a year and then you decide how much to give and who you want to receive your gift.
Donors also have choice to give anonymously, or might choose to receive an acknowledgment from designated member groups receiving a donation.
“MaineShare is appealing, quick and easy and gives employees choices
that cover a broad spectrum of statewide issues.”
– Ann Michaud, Campaign Coordinator for Bowdoin College, one of 150 workplaces where MaineShare is offered.
What can giving to MaineShare do?
$1 per week (or $52.00/year) can provide;
- For Economic Opportunity: An hour of individual financial or college access counseling for a New Mainers.
- For Equality : 1 Hour workshop on tolerance and bullying in Maine Schools
- For Civil Rights: Legal assistance to a worker or family wrongfully denied services or coverage.
- For Health: A workshop on MaineCare eligibility and benefits to social service providers to help their clients access health care coverage.
- For Safety: Six sets of bike lights to bicyclists who need them but could otherwise not afford them.
- For Education: Provides PBS educational learning opportunities for a child whose family couldn’t afford it otherwise
$2 per week (or $104.00/year) can provide;
- For The Environment: The Protection of 30 loons from lead poisoning caused by fishing tackle.
- For Equality: Eight months telephone cost for toll-free statewide domestic violence hotline number.
- For Education: Two Alternatives to Violence Workshops for 20-50 inmates in a Maine jail or prison.
- For Education: Training for a new local bike/pedestrian advocate in the Community Spokes Program.
- For Education: A Holocaust survivor’s Speaker fee for talking to students in Maine Schools.
- For The Arts: 1 Hour of Music/Theatre Teacher Workshops for DOE Teachers
$5 per week (or $260.00/year) can provide;
- For Economic Opportunity: Matching funds for a Rainy Day Savings account to help a low-income household build an emergency fund, and plan for challenges instead of struggling to overcome crises.
- For The Environment: Organic certification inspection of two farms.
- For Education: An outdoor environmental education program for a class of 50 fifth graders.
- For Health: Pays for one home weatherization by the Climate Action Team.
- For Safety: Provides support for our state’s emergency alert system.
- For Health: Delivery of a ‘Hearing Loss 101’ training to nursing home staff, case managers, or other providers and care-givers who work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
$10 per week (or $520.00/year) can provide;
- For the Environment: Advocacy for stronger state and federal policies that eliminate toxic chemicals and protect the health of families and workers.
- For Social Justice: Human Rights educational programming to schools all over Maine.
- For the Environment Advocacy to increase protection for hundreds of miles of Maine rivers and streams.
- For Education: Two weeks of after-school programs for a community center.
- For Civil Rights: Civil liberties conference at a high school in Maine.
- For Equality: A TV advertisement to educate the public on domestic violence.
Why donate via payroll contribution?
Effectiveness: Donations through workplace giving enables MaineShare’s member groups to spend less time fundraising and more time working to prevent and solve Maine’s pressing problems.
Efficiency: Raising funds through payroll deductions in workplace giving campaigns is many times less expensive than direct mail (the most common way that non-profit organizations gain new supporters). With lower fundraising costs, more money can go directly to programs and services.
Convenience: Once a year donors decide which issues are most important to them. They choose an organization(s) to support and the donation comes directly from their paycheck.
Consistency: Funds raised through payroll deduction help our groups plan for the future. After workplaces have concluded their giving campaigns, they send MaineShare the results. MaineShare then reports to its members the amount of the donations they will receive, allowing them to budget with confidence.
Accountability: MaineShare member groups are carefully screened each year and are held to strict accountability standards. This gives our donors peace of mind, knowing their money is being well managed.
If your workplace offers MaineShare, look for our pledge form during your workplace giving campaign. If not, contact us to offer MaineShare at your place of work.
The SpringShare – #thespringshare – May
Each year, MaineShare runs 2 larger giving day campaigns for our organizations. The first, The SpringShare, runs in May and encourages Mainer’s to participate and or host their own celebration of the Maine they love! We partner with an organization called GiveGab, who helps run giving-day fundraisers across the country. Visit www.thespringshare.org to learn more about this opportunity, where you might host your own celebrations, participate in our gatherings as a volunteers or celebrant, or simply give online to earn points against a workplace dress down day or other credit for community engagement with your organization.
Get Outside for A Better Maine – #Go4Maine – July to September
During the Summer, MaineShare challenges our supporters to start outdoor adventure teams as they support MaineShare! This online challenge to enjoy Maine’s best time of year encourages people to build teams of friends, co-workers and/or family to meet for a swim, surf, sail, wheel, walk, hike, paddle or other fun outdoor activity as they raise a few dollars for MaineShare! Learn more at https://www.mightycause.com/team/Getoutsideformaine
We would love for you to join our team or start your own!
Giving Tuesday – MaineShare – #Giving Tuesday @MaineShare – November to December
MaineShare does it’s best each year to participate in this annual global movement to support our 44 non-profits in Maine.
On November 27th, this year, MaineShare participates in #GivingTuesday and gives 100% of all gifts to it’s member groups, distributed equally!
At work, you might host a potluck, dress-down, or ‘silly sweater’ challenges with the goal of supporting over 44 non-profits at once – where 100% of the funds raised are divided equally amongst all MaineShare member groups and distributed to them in early January. Connecting #GivingTuesday in support of MaineShare as an activity at the end of the year can help you and your co-workers both feel great about your participation and your contribution to causes you care about!