Sunsetting of Community Shares of Minnesota

After 43 years of working for sustained social change in Minnesota, Community Shares of Minnesota (CSM) will close in 2022. After much deliberation, soul searching, and analysis, the CSM Board of Directors and staff came to accept that the responsible action is to sunset over the next year. Workplace giving has faced a strong and steady decline over the last few decades, and it has recently become clear that the work we have put into staying afloat is no longer sustainable.

There are no changes as far as the 2020-2021 campaign year. We will be processing all payroll deductions made in 2021 just like any other year – all donor designations will continue to be honored. We will not, however, be participating in the current 2021-2022 fall giving campaign.

Although we are heartbroken that this long chapter has come to an end, we also want to recognize and celebrate your support of Community Shares over the years. Because of you, we have distributed over $25 million to social justice initiatives in Minnesota and successfully contributed to changing the greater narrative around philanthropic giving. When we opened almost 43 years ago, donors didn’t have all of the options that exist today. We served a key role in connecting donors to the causes they cared about. Today, many donors no longer need Community Shares to facilitate this relationship, because they are motivated to stay informed about current social issues and stay engaged with local organizations. This is something we can all be proud of.

We do, however, want to ensure that our member charities continue to receive this essential funding. If you have supported our members in the past, we strongly encourage you to find another way to do so. In addition to other means, you will continue to be able to support our members through your workplace giving campaign this year by utilizing iPledge’s ‘write-in’ option. These pledges will be processed by CHC: Creating Healthier Communities (formally Community Health Charities). If you need help with this, please let us know!

It has been an honor and a privilege to partner with you. The meaningful memories and relationships that we have made while working with Pohlad will last far beyond the final days of Community Shares. We are truly grateful for your support.

Maureen Hartung
Executive Director
Community Shares of Minnesota
campaign@communitysharesmn.org