Giving At Work

Employee FAQ


What is workplace giving?

MaineShare gives you, as an employees an easy way to give a few dollars a week from your paycheck and support groups working for Maine every day. This simple process allows all workplace employees to choose to make tax-deductible donations to Maine organizations through payroll contributions and enables a workplace and its employees to work together to benefit the community.

MaineShare’s workplace giving campaigns are “donor driven”.  Donors have a choice to designate all or a portion of their contributions to specific member organizations. Staff and board make no decisions about donated money is distributed. Each employee donor chooses how to distribute a gift on an annual pledge form. Giving a few dollars a week out of your paycheck is easy and convenient. MaineShare comes to your workplace once a year and then you decide how much to give and who you want to receive your gift.

Donors also have choice to give anonymously, or might choose to receive an acknowledgment from designated member groups receiving your donation.

“MaineShare is appealing, quick and easy- giving employees choices that cover a broad spectrum of statewide issues.”
-Ann Michaud, Campaign Coordinator for Bowdoin College, one of 150 workplaces where MaineShare is offered.

Why donate via payroll contribution?

Effectiveness: Donations through workplace giving enables MaineShare’s member groups to spend less time fundraising and more time working to prevent and solve Maine’s pressing problems.

Efficiency: Raising funds through payroll deductions in workplace giving campaigns is many times less expensive than direct mail (the most common way that non-profit organizations gain new supporters). With lower fundraising costs, more money can go directly to programs and services.

Convenience: Once a year donors decide which issues are most important to them. They choose an organization(s) to support and the donation comes directly from their paycheck.

Consistency: Funds raised through payroll deduction help our groups plan for the future. After workplaces have concluded their giving campaigns, they send MaineShare the results. MaineShare then reports to its members the amount of the donations they will receive, allowing them to budget with confidence.

Accountability: MaineShare member groups are carefully screened each year and are held to strict accountability standards. This gives our donors peace of mind, knowing their money is being well managed.

Workplace Giving

If your workplace offers MaineShare, look for our pledge form during your workplace giving campaign. If not, contact us to offer MaineShare at your place of work.