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All About Milwaukee Partners in Giving

The Milwaukee Partners in Giving Campaign is a volunteer driven combined giving campaign through which State of Wisconsin employees based in the greater Milwaukee area can give to one or as many of their favorite charitable organizations and causes. This campaign partners the efforts of 11 umbrella groups and hundreds of local, national and international charities to host 1 campaign each year to make 1 combined ask for support each year.  


Please browse the site for everything you'll need to know about this year's campaign, the participating charities and how you can be involved with the charities in your community! Some of the most frequently asked questions are listed below! 


When does the campaign happen? 

The 2021 campaign will kickoff Monday October 4th and run through Friday November 19th. If you happen to miss this giving window, no worries! We will still collecting donations through the end of 2021. 


Which charities are eligible to participate? 

Each charity listed on the charity flyer goes through and annual application process with the State of Wisconsin to ensure it is a nonprofit organization in good standing. Because of this application process, only the charities listed on the flyer are eligible to donate to through this campaign. This list will change from year to year, depending on which organizations choose to apply. 


How can I learn more about what the participating charities do? 

Through the giving portal and the "Charity Lookup Tool" located off the main menu, you are able to see a listing of all of the participating charities, a short description of the work they do, and a link to their website. You do not need to have an online giving account or give online to access this information. 




What impact does my gift have? 

Gifts do not need to be large to make an importance difference in our community. More than half of gifts given in our region are $100 or less (which breaks down to about $3.85 per paycheck), but their combined total ensures thousands of individuals have access to the resources they need. Click here to read more about what $25, $50, $75 and $100 can accomplish for some of our participating charities. 


How can I give online? 

Click here to create a profile and donate online. Online donations are simple, secure and allow you to easily look back at past contributions and print tax recepits. If you give online, you also have the option to give with a credit card- an option not available with paper pledge forms. 


How can I give if I do not want to give online? 

While we are running as virtual as possible, if online giving will not work for you, please print a paper pledge form here or ask you department coordinator for a paper pledge form. Submit the completed for to your department coordinator- or send to:


SECC c/o United Way GMWC

225 West Vine Street

Milwaukee, WI 53212




When will my payroll deduction start? 

All payroll gifts given in the 2020 campaign will be deducted from paychecks starting the first pay period of 2021. Please check your first paystub of the year to ensure the deduction has been made. 


How can I become more involved? 

All of our charities have many opportunities to become and stay engaged throughout the year. Click here to see some of them! 


When I retire, can I still be involved? 

Of course! You can stay engaged through both volunteer opportunities and you can still make contributions through the campaign site or via paper pledge form. 





Will my donation be tax deducible? 

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please note: The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires taxpayers who claim deductions for charitable donations to provide proof of all contributions should they be audited.

Be sure to keep a copy of your pledge form for tax purposes. In addition, if you choose payroll contribution, keep a copy of your last pay stub of the year and/or other documents from your employer that indicate the amounts you have given to charities.

If you contribute by cash, check, or credit card, keep all receipts, canceled checks, and/or bank statements that verify the amounts and recipients of your contributions. (The campaign will mail official receipts for cash, check, and credit card gifts of $250 or more. Receipts for gifts of less than $250 are available upon request.) If you have any questions about tax deductions for charitable gifts, consult a tax professional.

Federal law does not permit pre-tax charitable contributions, but contributions to the campaign are deductible on your income tax return, as allowed by law. For further information on tax-deductible contributions, be sure to contact your personal tax adviser or the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service


Where do I give if I am a state employee- but not living or working in Milwaukee or Waukesha? 

This campaign takes place throughout the State of Wisconsin- but is divided by region. If you live/work in Dane County, please click here to be directed to your giving site. If you are a state employee working/living in a region other than Milwaukee, Dane or Waukesha County, please click here to be directed to your giving site. 


What if I have other questions? 

Please click here for our FAQs. If you cannot find the answer to your question here- please contact us.