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America's Charities

Helping You Help Others

Chantilly, VA   |  https://www.charities.org/

Mission

We help the nation's most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income through workplace giving, employee engagement programs, and additional paths. We inspire employers and individuals to reach their philanthropic and social impact goals and support the charities of their choice. We help employers raise and distribute funds through employee assistance funds that provide disaster and emergency relief to individuals impacted by disasters and other emergencies that create financial hardship.dd

Ruling year info

1989

President and CEO

Mr. James E. Starr

Main address

14200 Park Meadow Drive Suite 330S

Chantilly, VA 20151 USA

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EIN

54-1517707

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

America’s Charities inspires employees and organizations to support the causes they care about. We help nonprofits fundraise unrestricted, sustainable dollars through the workplace and we help employers achieve their giving, engagement, and social impact goals. We do this to bring more resources to the nonprofits that are changing our world. We also help companies support their employees in times of distress and hardship through Employee Assistance Funds, also known as Employee Relief Funds or Employee Crisis Funds. By working with us, a company increases its flexibility around the types of hardships the fund can cover and lowers its administrative burdens.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

America's Charities Programs

America’s Charities inspires employees and organizations to support each other and the causes they care about. We offer a full suite of employee giving and engagement tools, including easy-to-use workplace giving technology platforms ranging from a straightforward, out-of-the-box option, to a comprehensive platform that integrates matching gifts, team volunteering, employee assistance funds, charitable giving and more. We generate sustainable unrestricted financial support for member charities through the CFC, state and local giving campaigns and private sector workplace giving campaigns. We provide charitable funds management services, help companies support their employees in times of distress and hardship through Employee Assistance Funds, and provide comprehensive consulting services. We provide direction on scholarship policy, manage the scholarship application process, provide donation technology, and distribute scholarship money to educational institutions for organizations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Best NonProfit to Work For 2021

NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group

Best NonProfit to Work For 2022

NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group

Best NonProfit to Work For 2023

NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of charities supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of member charities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of followers through social media and newsletter

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our social media outreach and America’s Charities’ newsletter reach more than 34,600 followers. We connect with and educate CSR practitioners and the general public about workplace giving.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

America's Charities Programs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total funds raised since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

America's Charities Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total $ raised and distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mission: to help the nations most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income for them through workplace giving and additional paths. Our goal is to grow giving to charities every year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is a shared culture of impactful giving.

For over 40 years, America’s Charities has been a major force in transforming and growing philanthropy. America’s Charities’ focus is to help the nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income for them through workplace giving and additional paths. We inspire employers and individuals to reach their philanthropic goals and to support each other and the charities of their choice. To accomplish these goals, we provide tools and strategies so employers may implement successful campaigns through which employee donors may give at work to the charities of their choice.

The dynamics of workplace giving have changed over the last decade along with changes in technology. America’s Charities has embraced that evolution, taking proactive steps to guide our stakeholders into the new era. We test and refine new approaches that pave the way for others in our industry to follow. We conduct and promote original research to further the dialogue between employers, donors, and charities to facilitate and grow giving. Technology isn’t the only thing changing the dynamic of workplace giving. While technology continues to grow and plays an important supporting role in contributing to positive, effective donor experiences, our research and experience facilitating giving programs has found that charity choice and engagement are vitally important to employees who take part in workplace giving programs. The basics – charity choice, best campaign practices, donor engagement - continue to matter and employee giving programs that don’t embrace these typically experience declining results.

In addition to our forward-looking research and leadership in the field, we provide our clients with flexible, state of the art tools and expert advice. For employers, we offer a full suite of employee giving and engagement tools, including easy-to-use workplace giving technology platforms ranging from a straightforward, out-of-the-box option, to the ability for employees to contribute to charities through their own personal charitable giving accounts, and a comprehensive platform that integrates matching gifts, charitable giving, employee assistance funds, team volunteering and more. Each of our solutions is tailored to fit an employer's specific needs and social impact goals, and deliver personalized, impact-focused giving experiences. In addition we administer Employee Assistance Funds and Scholarship programs on behalf of employer clients.

For charities, we generate sustainable unrestricted financial support through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), state and local giving campaigns, and private sector workplace giving campaigns. We monitor regulations and apply best practices to maximize returns, so charities are free to focus on their own missions. We also provide charitable funds management services to nonprofits and private and public sector employers.
For both charities and employers, we provide consulting services in employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, employee assistance funds, and workplace giving program and strategy development, benchmarking, analysis, and more.

We are a leader in the field of workplace giving and engagement with our widely cited workplace giving research. Our expert staff, under the guidance of an engaged board, have the depth and breadth of knowledge to serve a wide variety of charity and employer client needs.

Partnerships and collaborations extend the organization’s capabilities to achieve results. America’s Charities has developed and will continue to develop partnerships with leading nonprofit sector organizations; workplace giving and donor engagement technology platform and service providers; experts in employee engagement strategies and solutions; and others representing key stakeholders.

Our marketing team uses digital media to further our mission in numerous ways. Our social media outreach and America’s Charities’ newsletter reach more than 35,235 followers, with an average 40,000 monthly website visitors. In this way, we connect with CSR practitioners, nonprofits leaders, and the general public about workplace giving best practices, which in turn has a positive impact on nonprofits, as well-run campaigns engage more employees and raise more money.

In its history, America's Charities, itself a 501(c)(3) membership-based nonprofit, has raised more than $850 million for more than 25,000 nonprofits, members and non-members, addressing causes including education, human rights, hunger, poverty, research, animal welfare, veteran assistance, disaster relief, environmental protection, and health services. These trusted nonprofits, in turn, used these funds to build vibrant and equitable communities, ensure widespread health and safety, celebrate and support the humanities and living cultures, and preserve and nurture a sense of place and a healthy planet for future generations. That impact is why our mission matters. That is why we are proud to serve the stakeholders of social change – nonprofits, employers, and employee donors – who bring about this collective social good.

A debate exists in some quarters as to whether workplace giving has outlived its effectiveness. Our experience at America’s Charities has been quite the opposite. In fact, our employee giving clients continue to see growing returns from their programs. Employee giving programs are not dying, they are just changing. While it’s true that the vast majority of growing workplace programs are leveraging technology, it is not for technology’s sake. It’s because program managers and employees in the digital age prefer and expect the giving experience to be online, efficient, and effective. We have embraced that trend by partnering with key technology providers to offer a range of workplace giving solutions that deliver the giving experience employees want and add technology enhancements that make the donor giving experience even better. We believe that organizations that embrace these changes while continuing to practice tried-and-true methods, as we do, will continue to grow the impact they deliver to nonprofits and as a result to communities across the planet.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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America's Charities

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Laurie De Armond

BDO USA, LLP

Term: 2022 - 2025

Marc Johnson

Facebook

Marly Leighton-Colburn

Human Rights Campaign

Gary Levante

Berkshire Bank

Laurie De Armond

BDO USA, LLP

Tracye Funn

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Scott Schenkelberg

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Wendell D. Hall

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Shani Waugh

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Cody Chandler

Legalzoom

Rebecca Pilot

SmithPilot

Layla Zaidane

Millennial Action Project

Jennifer Williams

Action for Racial Equity Fellow

Grace Chung

Automation Anytime

Ij Adetoye

BDO USA, LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes