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All About Greater Milwaukee Partners in Giving


This campaign is a combined fundraising effort through which State of Wisconsin employees based in the greater Milwaukee and Waukesha community can give according to their personal passions. 10 umbrella groups and over 400 local, national, and international charities host 1 annual campaign to make 1 annual combined ask for support.

                            

FAQs


What charities are eligible to participate? 

To ensure participating charities are nonprofit organizations in good standing, the State of Wisconsin requires them to complete an annual application process. Because of this, only charities listed on the flyer are eligible to recieve donations through this campaign. This list will change from year to year, depending on which organizations choose to apply and are approved.  

What is the best way to give? 

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. 

Why shouldn’t I just give directly to my favorite charity?

This campaign exposes your favorite charity to thousands of potential donors at no cost to the agency. Smaller agencies in particular often do not have the resources (time, money, manpower) to manage the extensive outreach necessary to reach/engage every employer or employee involved in this campaign on their own. Fundraising in workplaces by being a member of a federation is efficient and effective. It also allows a convenient payroll deduction option that spreads your donation over time. Research shows that total donations received via payroll deduction are on average 4-5 times larger than 1-time donations by check or cash.

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 can 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. 

When will my payroll deduction start? 

All payroll gifts given in the 2022 campaign will be deducted from paychecks starting the first pay period of 2023. Please check your first paystub of the year to ensure the deduction has been made. 

How can I contribute my time, rather than my money? 

Personal service is a wonderful way to make an impact without spending too much money. Many of our participating charities have volunteer opportunities to choose from, should you be looking for a volunteer opportunity. Another way to be engaged if you prefer service over monetary donation is to offer your services to a campaign coordinator in organizing a special event that can raise funds for the campaign. 

When I retire, can I still be involved? 

Of course! You can still make contributions through the campaign site or via paper pledge form, and you can seek additional engagement through volunteerism

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.

What if I have other questions? 

Please contact Taylor Reisdorf at treisdorf@unitedwaygmwc.org.