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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Health, Philanthropy

Mission: To unite caring donors in the workplace with our nation's most trusted health charities

Target demographics: Stronger, healthier communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17 million caring employees with more than 2,000 of the most trusted health charities across the United States.

Geographic areas served: United State of America

Programs: Customized wellness programs, employee engagement, workplace giving campaigns, customized causes, and strategic partnerships.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Teri29

Board Member

Rating: 4

Being a member charity of Community Health Charities is great for our organization! CHC is a wonderful partner that keeps health non-profits in the minds of our local companies and their employees. We enjoy participating in health fairs and always jump at the chance to bring speakers into a company to share the mission of CHC and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We've been honored to have CHC recruit volunteers for our local walk. And most importantly, the money raised through CHC for our organization is helping fund research and cure cancer. CHC allows us to diversify our fundraising and keeps us relevant in the workplace.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Michigan Chapter, Inc. appreciates the work that the Community Health Charities provide. They assist non-profit organizations to connect with local companies and their employees to make a real difference in the communities. Our organization has benefited greatly from the donations provided, and we look forward to many more years of working with Community Health Charities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CHC partners with the most effective health Charities at the local and the national level to excite employees about giving and being part of your work community. When you add to that their skill at curating health content to support people when they need it most you have an organization that will be part of improving the health and well being of communities across the country. My favorite example is a giving Fund CHC created with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. It funds Charities that work to address the health challenges that are priories for native people. Organizations can partner with CHC to develop the cause that is most important to their employees and communities and charities can access a more people who want to give, volunteer and be part of making the worl a healthier, kinder place.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are able to give to charities we care about through CHC and their giving tool. We can support Alzheimer's Association and National MS Society and others in one place. Love it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We contribute through Community Health Charities to reputable health charities that mean the most to our family. It’s easy and convenient.

Laura S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities is a strong, focused, and action-oriented organization, providing great resources to a broad number of organizations. As a board member for the last two+ years, I've seen the transition of a splintered organization to one that is clearly focused on delivering the most good to the most organizations, and providing value to companies and groups of all sizes that are interested in giving. The combination, with CHC in the middle, is a great value to the communities at large. As the conditions around giving change, CHC has been ahead of the changes and prepared to do the most good possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia has been a member of Community Health Charities (CHC) for nearly four years. Our experience with CHC has been exceptional. The staff at all levels are prompt and helpful in responding requests. Each year they seem to provide additional member benefits that reduces our burden of work, leaving us more time to focus on our mission. Above all else, CHC has done a wonderful job in raising awareness for our organization through their workplace giving campaigns. We are very pleased to be a member and routinely recommend CHC to other health-related charities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The team at Community Health Charities is truly focused on helping employees (and their families!) give support to or get help from the health and well-being causes that are most important in their lives. I met them in Minnesota over 10 years ago, and was so inspired by their work I joined the board. I've met many work group leaders who say CHC helps them bring great giving, volunteering, support and learning opportunities to their employees.

I love that their work helps people have better health and wellness today. And, because the money raised goes to vetted and trusted national and local charities who in turn are developing new ways help and research for cures, CHC is building healthier communities in the long term.

Client Served

Rating: 4

CHC is an awesome organization to work with! We have been working with them for years on several different giving campaigns.

Peter Dudley

Board Member

Rating: 5

Professionally, I know the organization and the people well through years of working with them in workplace giving. I recently decided to join the Board of Directors because I think CHC plays a significant role in helping a tremendous number of health causes, and because I trust and admire the leadership and the staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Community Health Charities takes a great interest in helping us advance our mission across all strategic priorities. Their staff are very responsive and help us navigate national and local campaign opportunities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities leverages our work in the community with other dedicated charities to support growth in advocacy, support and fundraising by reaching companies and individuals we wouldn't be able to connect with. Their support of our mission is incredibly important in order for us to reach a broader community, increasing their knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to get involved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been running our University charitable campaign for several years and our faculty and staff consider CHC a trusted partner to ensure donations are used effectively for the greatest amount of good. CHC has more than 2,000 trusted, vetted charity partners so their ability to help those in need is wide reaching! Another interesting fact I learned recently is that CHC's overhead is 6%, which means 94% of what we raise supports charity partners, either through direct cash donation, or through our programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Massport has been partnering with Community Health Charities for several years. It has been a joy to work with a charitable organization that has so many other wonderful organizations that we are able to connect our employees to. In addition, each staff member I have interacted with has such a passion for what they do and communication exceeds our expectations given and questions or requests we may have. It is truly an honor to be able to work with an organization that Is willing to meet our needs. If you have not had the opportunity to educate yourself about the work of Community Health Charities, I strongly encourage you to learn more! A huge thank you to all of you for your continued support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Always there to help by connecting donors in the workplace with the charities and causes that matter most to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been partnering with Community Health Charities for almost 10 years as the Chair of my company's Annual Giving Campaign. It has been a joy to work with a charitable organization that has such a great reach with so many other wonderful organizations which focus on the health and welfare issues. In addition, each staff member I have interacted with has such a passion for what they do and it is truly an honor to be able to work with such a great organization. If you have not had the opportunity to educate yourself about the work of Community Health Charities, I strongly encourage you to learn more!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities has been a great advocate for health care for our students and their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The California campaign allows us to send children with serious medical conditions and their families to our camp sessions--completely free of charge!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities has helped our organization access campaigns that we would not have been able to otherwise. Lea Anne is such a sweetheart and was incredibly courteous over the phone while our Development department worked out our schedule for the upcoming 2017 giving season.

2 Beth174

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IBM and Community Health Charities national key strategic partnership joining World Community Grid.
http://corp.healthcharities.org/ (World Community Grid listing and membership expansion; posting at the bottom of the home page of CHC.) IBM representation at Charities at Work Summit in NYC by Sheila Appel, IBM Corporate Citizenship U.S. Regional Manager. Additional partnership opportunities are underway to determine best value from IBM corporate citizenship to customize a portfolio of resources that will help to advance the mission of work for CHC and expand and enrich IBM's corporate citizenship programs with emphasis on health. - Beth F. Tracy, IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager, IA, KS, MO, OK, TX

Donor

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities is one of the options in our annual Employee Giving Campaign. They are a top notch organization to work with!

Larry62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities helps fulfill Memorial Blood Centers' life-saving work of connecting volunteer blood donors with patients in need.

1 Gretchen18

Donor

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities is a first rate non-profit. In addition to the wonderful work they do in supporting numerous health-related charities, it's one of the most honest & trustworthy organizations of its kind. I always feel confident my dollars are being used appropriately, which is why I've continued to donate through them year after year.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Roberta Melton and staff from the New England branch of CHC, have been such an asset to our company. Through the Health Matters At Work program, they have provided added benefits to our current health and wellness program. The speakers they provide us from different charities are always well received and appreciated. I truly value my working relatiosnhip with Roberta, Community Health Charities is a wonderful organization.

Michelle278

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization has truly enhanced our visibility in companies that we would not otherwise be able to get in front of. We appreciate their assistance and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities has done a wonderful job reaching out into the community through its educational outreach programs aimed at donors in the workplace. As a Development Director of a member charity I have seen how CHC been so good at explaining why employees can donate to charities through them and making it convenient to not only donate but also to volunteer. Many charities are able to benefit from people who might not otherwise have taken the time or had the time to seek out ways to give to the variety of organizations offered. I am very grateful for the help they have given us. - Gail B.

Tracie D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Marketing & Development Coordinator for a nonprofit that benefits from Community Health Charities I am grateful for all that they do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities is a streamlined way to solicit donations in terms of workplace giving for us. We are a small office of a national charity with limited time and resources to accomplish what we do through membership in Community Health Charities. Jane B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The ability of CHC to reach the local charities it serves is unprecedented. As a board member of the Southeastern affiliate for more than 5 years, I have witnessed firsthand CHC's unique ability to put caring donors in touch with the charities that mean the most to them, thereby increasing overall employee engagement through community outreach. Donors appreciate the opportunity to see their hard-earned money enhance their own local community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of the Atlanta-based affiliate of Community Health Charities for over 10 years. My involvement with this organization is rooted in its long-time dedication to connecting donors and recipients in the focused area of health. I particularly am gratified being affiliated with an organization that discharges its mission with a true focus on "outcome-based" giving -- an unwavering dedication to donor choice and donation impact in their local communities. Donors are assured that their contributions make a difference where they work and live, as efficiently and effectively as possible. MikeS.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors of Community Health Charities of Maine. CHC is able to connect with local employers to help generate much needed funds for health-related charities. In return, CHC's Health Matters at Work program brings important health information and services provided by these charities directly into the workplace through their interactive website. Louise P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Giving to Community Health Charities at my workplace is convenient and I never miss the money. I'm proud to give!

Nanette S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been proud to serve as a volunteer as well as a board member for Community Health Charities. They are a wonderful organization, with such inspiring leaders and executives. Most importantly, they make a difference in every community they serve. And the value they bring is so very needed. By far my most favorite volunteer time, Community Health Charities has built an exceptional organization, a strong brand and a meaningful mission. I have been honored to get to know the organization in a very real way. They are deserving of support and are committed to excellence throughout the nation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In running the hospice association in New Jersey for 20+ years, I have found the support of Community Health Charities to be irreplaceable to our work. Not only does its financial support help thousands of people learn the benefits of hospice care at end of life, but the opportunity to network with dozens of healthcare leaders from over 40 disease-related charities has broadened our outreach and made our own programming more effective.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities provides such amazing support for the member agencies, helping to procure the vital funds needed to help each agency achieve their mission. I'm so happy to say that I've been on a local board for over ten years and am consistently impressed with the efficient and effective way the organization is run. Well Done!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities (CHC) is a focused organization that brings together major health organizations. CHC enables people to quickly access important health information, and to easily donate their funds to support the cause they care about. I am proud to be a CHC volunteer leader!

1 LaVonda W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CHC goes above and beyond for their member charities. Great non-profit, great cause with low overhead!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to have been asked to join the board of the Community Health Charities, a federation of health-related nonprofit agencies that provide a wealth of critical programs for the community. My position on the board provides me with a unique perspective to see how the agency is run from the inside, and I've rarely met a staff that is so thoroughly committed to helping raise funding and awareness for its member charities. CHC is extremely careful to keep their expenses to a minimum, knowing that any savings will ultimately be passed along to their charities. CHC staff provides all of its members with thorough training when it is time to complete funding applications and always seem genuinely happy to help with questions. CHC also publishes electronic newsletters that concentrate on health and wellness, an important component of a complete benefit package for any organization. I have been impressed with every interaction I've had with or related to CHC, from their Executive Director, Joe and staff to many of the nonprofit agencies on their member roster. Thank you, CHC, for all you do to help the financial stability of nonprofits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities has been a client of ours for quite some time and it's an absolutely delight to work with them. As a visual communications company, we have a unique relationship with CHC to produce powerful, effective, and inspiring visual content. We enjoy being able to wear the creative hat with CHC and brainstorm ideas off of each other to produce the end result that is rewarding. CHC strives in catering to the people and they have a very unique drive that will continue to take them to the next level.

Irene
Project Specialist - RHED Pixel

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Community Health Charities for the past 7+ years in various capacities. I have found their webinars particularly helpful since I have had type 1 diabetes for 47 years. Their direct links to accurate and medically approved information about diabetes has served me exceptionally well over time. I never neglect to include the Community Health Charities when making my charitable contributions. Thank you for a job well done.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities has done a wonderful job especially through its educational outreach programs aimed at donors in the workplace. By making it convenient to donate and to volunteer, charities are able to benefit from people who might not otherwise have taken the time or had the time to seek out ways to give to the variety of organizations offered.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with CHC a long time and they have been great! They connect health charities to people in the workplace. Keep us the good work!

Donor

Rating: 3

I'm confused as to why an organization with 13 paid employees needs a CEO drawing a salary of $290K, to manage a suite of recommended charities?

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/health/community-health-charities-in-alexandria-va-4531/governance-and-staff

BBB shows as an approved "charity" but is it a charity? Seems analgous to a mutual fund that is managing a basket of mutual funds, and showing a small percentage in additional admin fees to do so??

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mgravholt 03/14/2014

Donor 111 Thank you for your recent comment and question about Community Health Charities. Your question is a good one, and I am glad that you asked it. Founded initially as National Voluntary Health Agencies (NVHA), the organization was created as a membership organization in 1957 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy Association. Through our nationwide network of 30 affiliate offices, nearly member 1800 charities, volunteers and staff, our co-operative approach benefits members in three important ways: 1. To your point, yes, our members share the cost of processing large volumes of contributions made by employees in the workplace. Rather than individually investing in staff, training, equipment, and other operational expenses, sharing these costs allows our members to benefit from a highly efficient service center. This approach allows our members to direct more of every donated dollar to mission critical programs and services, rather than infrastructure and administrative staff. 2. In addition to monetary gifts from employees in the workplace, our members consider our Health Matters at Work program a crucial component of their awareness efforts that reach into workplaces that they otherwise would not. 3. Each of our members relies on the gift of time, in addition to donations made to their cause. Through our Volunteer Matters 365 program, we have served as a catalyst, connecting employees in the workplace to thousands of hours of volunteer support needed by our members. To hear more about the value Community Health Charities provides to its members, you can watch this testimonial featuring executives from more than a dozen of our member charities, http://healthcharities.org/Our-Charities. Annually, the Community Health Charities network raises more than $70 million for its member charities. The Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Charities of America, which you are referring to in your post, is responsible for developing, leading, and executing, the coordinated efforts of all 30 separately incorporated affiliates. This includes financial, administrative, and marketing services, universally across the organization. The Community Health Charities of America Chair of the Board, Executive Committee and Board of Directors (which included representatives from its member charities and affiliates) annually reviews the compensation and performance of its chief executive officer to ensure compensation is appropriate based on performance, industry standards, and length of service. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Regards, Molly Gravholt Chief Financial Officer Community Health Charities

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities is a wonderful organization with terrific resources. A family member needed some information and assistance with mental illness. And we were able to reach out to the right resources through CHC. It really helped streamline the process for our family. We appreciated the easy access to information.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities (CHC) is very focused on helping people affected by major health issues across the nation. They raise significant funds at low cost, that are used by major non-profit Health Associations to both fund the research for a cure, and improve the lives of people affected by that health issue. This includes cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, MS, arthritis, asthma, leukemia and many other important health issues in adults and children. The CHC volunteer leaders and staff are amongst the most professional and dedicated individuals I have met and worked with. Their leadership and results have contributed to great strides in the health of Americans. Thank you CHC!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly served for more than 10 years on the Board of Directors of Community Health Charities of the National Capital Area, as well as on numerous national and affiliate committees. I am also the official representative for one of CHC's national member charities. It has been such a privilege to work with this fine federation to help place the very best health charities within the reach of millions of donors in workplaces across the country. CHC's innovative Health Matters at Work program brings the urgently needed health information and services provided by these charities directly into the workplace through an easy-to-use, interactive website. CHC's Volunteer Matters 365 program makes it easy for employees to find meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors and now am the CEO of Community Health Charities of the Southeast that covers both Georgia and Alabama. I've seen many changes in Community Health Charities over the past 8 years. The leadership by the Home Office has improved our message, outreach and deepened our connections to the hundreds of Member Charities throughout 35 affiliates throughout the US. We help to improve the lives of those living with chronic disease or disability by uniting a caring workforce with the nation's most trusted health charities. Brenda513

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be on the Board of Community Health Charities of Wisconsin. This organization enables its members to reach so many more people as potential donors, and thereby enables us to touch many more lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm with the ALS Association locally in the Pacific Northwest. CHC allows us to receive critical funding through workplace giving. But it also gives us access to share with military and veterans information about Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). ALS has twice the incidence in the Military population as the general population and is now considered a service related disease. Veterans with ALS (and their surviving spouses) receive benefits through the VA. CHC has helped us to spread the word about these benefits.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I work for the National MS Society in Des Moines, Iowa. Through our agency partnership with CHC Iowa we receive critical funds that help us maintain our programs and services to people living with MS. People like Peter who used an older power wheelchair, which he has to use outside his home. He could drive but didn't have a lift on his vehicle, so would take his wheelchair to the car, transfer, and then drive and stay in the car and have friends or family go into stores, etc., for him. We assisted Peter in getting a wheelchair lift for the back of his vehicle so he can take his power wheelchair to different places in the community. This is a real story about a real person who was helped through our Financial Assistance Grants in part funded by CHC-Iowa.

Lisa124

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Health Charities of Florida is the reason the Florida SIDS Alliance is still in existence. Without their support and hard work, we would have folded long ago. The financial support coming from CHC funds have enabled us to continue to educate about SIDS and other infant death and Safe Sleep Guidelines. We are able to support families who have lost infants, and we are able to support research into the cause of SIDS. Their support and advocacy, as well as advice have enabled our organization to survive and to thrive. Their partnership is a vital part of our success.

Julie70

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for Susan G. Komen Chicago and the Community Health Charities organization has helped us grow and expand in the Chicagoland area. They are a joy to work with and really help NPO's network and make a true impact in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mission of Community Health Charities is to unite caring donors in the workplace with our nation's most trusted health charities. They do that effectively and efficiently and in a manner that ultimate benefits all of their member charities who are dedicated to improving the lives of the over 130 million Americans affected by disability or chronic disease. CHC is one of the most cost-effective nonprofit organizations in the country, with Administrative and Fund Raising (AFR) expenses at just 2.2% om 2011. CHC's membership is made up of more than 60 of America's most recognized health charities, enabling them to work together to raise charitable contributions in the workplace to support their programs of research, patient services and outreach programming in local communities.