Community Shares crashed the nonprofit scene in 1988. We were founded by local grassroots and social justice organizations not traditionally included in high profile workplace giving campaigns. Our first members were community-based and involved those they served in decision making.
Today, our 30 member organizations improve health and human welfare, fight for fairness and equality, foster cultural understanding and the arts, improve the lives of women and children, and build stronger communities.
North Carolina Community Shares is part of a national network of organizations that connect, fund and raise awareness for community groups fighting for fairness and equality. Our focus on long-term solutions is what makes the work so important today — problems like poverty, discrimination and sexual assault don’t solve themselves, and, left alone, only get worse.
And, after 20 years, we still remain a pioneer in some interesting ways. The majority of our board is made up of those from the community groups we fund; being community-led means we understand what is happening around us in real terms. It also means we have become a nucleus for sharing ideas and networking. We also support our member groups with resources like leadership, major gifts solicitation, and organizational development. The results, as you can see in our impact stories, have been phenomenal.
But none of this would be possible without an underlying passion that is a common thread between our member groups and you, our donors — our aim is to make sure the next generation is freed from the challenges that many, many people still face today. With your help, we’re getting there.